|Thanks Ryan Boatright for a great 4 years! (photo via cbssports.com)|
Ryan Boatright graduates in the spring and was the star of this years squad. He averaged 17 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal a game this year shooting 85% at the line, 41% from three, and 42% from the floor following in the footsteps of UConn's dominant point guards. He'll enter his name in the 2015 draft where I think a team will take a chance on his size somewhere in the mid-late second round range. Also graduating are Pat Lenehan, Dan Guest, and Terrance Ditimi who all saw minimal minutes.
So in many respects besides the loss of Boatright next years team is returning quite a bit, but if UConn wants to get back to the tournament they'll need to get bigger, faster, stronger in the offseason.
An Emphasis on Bigger
Daniel Hamilton is listed at 6'7, 190 on the schools website. If he can add a good 5-15 pounds on him in the offseason then he could be a a real presence for the Huskies heading into next season in regards to driving and defensive play. Kentan Facey, listed at 6'9, 206, averaged just over 5 rebounds per game (in just over 20 minutes per game) and is another guy would benefit from adding 5-15 lbs and becoming a force down low.
An Emphasis on Faster
Terrance Samuel is more of a defensive player but in certain situations this year he was asked to be the Huskies primary ball handler. He did an average job, at best, but every now and then he was good for a drive in the lane that ended with a nice looking layup. If Samuel can develop his speed, more specifically his quickness, he could add a nice offensive game to his repertoire which would raise his stock immensely.
An Emphasis on Stronger
Amida Brimah is listed at 7'0, 230 on UConn's website. Not only have I seen him play but I've sat next to him in math discussion and he is not 230. He's no more than 215. But weight is not necessarily my issue with Amida. It's his strength. While he was a superb shot blocker, he only averaged 4.4 rebounds a game partly because of his lack of frame/beef. If he can add some weight and get stronger this offseason and become a 6 or 7 boards a game type of guy, then we don't even need Diamond Stone...(but we'll still take him)
Rak "The Rock" Lubin and Rodney "Ferrari" Purvis should promise down the stretch and a healthy Omar Calhoun and Sam Cassell Jr. combined with incoming frosh Jalen Adams and Steve Enoch could make for this Husky team to be right back at 23 wins next season.