Ollie Agrees to 5-Year, $15-Million Extension With UConn

Kevin Ollie, who led the UConn Huskies to their fourth NCAA championship in just his second year at the helm, agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $15 million, the school announced Thursday.

The news had been previously reported by Yahoo! Sports.com.

The deal should put to rest rumors of Ollie returning to the NBA as a coach. He had been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ollie will receive a base salary of $400,000 on an annual basis. He will also receive annual payment for public relations, consulting and media appearances. In the 2014-15 academic year, this figure will be $2,400,000 for total compensation of $2,800,000. The public relations, consulting and media appearance payments will increase by $100,000 during each year of the contract. These combined figures will then total $2,900,000 for 2015-16, $3,000,000 for 2016-17, $3,100,000 for 2017-18 and $3,200,000 in 2018-19.

Ollie will thus become the highest-paid coach in the American Athletic Conference, replacing SMU’s Larry Brown, who reportedly made $2.8 million. To read more of this story, click here

Report: UConn’s Ollie Agrees to Extension

Kevin Ollie has agreed in principle to a contract extension that could pay him $15 million over five years, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The deal would make Ollie the highest-paid coach in the American Athletic Conference at about $3 million per year.

SMU coach Larry Brown reportedly makes $2.8 million annually.

SNY.tv reported earlier this month that Ollie was due to make a minimum of $2.6 million going forward after winning the NCAA championship last month. To read more of this story, click here

UConn’s Ollie Dismisses Talk of Lakers’ Meeting

OllieUConn coach Kevin Ollie took to Twitter Tuesday to dismiss reports that he would meet Thursday with the Lakers.

“Don’t Believe everything you hear!! Only meeting I have is with my team on Thursday at Gampel.. We are preparing everyday for Greatness!!” he Tweeted.

One source close to the situation told SNY.tv Ollie wouldn’t take the Lakers’ job if it’s offered.

“He wouldn’t take it,” the source said. “Not even considering it.” To read more of this story, click here

UConn Looking to More Than Double Ollie’s Salary

OllieUConn is in talks with coach Kevin Ollie about a significant raise and extension, a source close to the situation confirmed to SNY.tv Friday evening.

The source said UConn was looking to pay Ollie $2.6 million annually as “the floor” in a deal that could last five years.

That could make Ollie, fresh off an NCAA championship win last month, the highest paid coach in the American Athletic Conference.

“He had to be the top guy in the league,” the source said.

Ollie reportedly earned $1.25 million last season and in December 2012 signed a five-year deal worth $7.5 million.  To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Jones Visiting UConn This Weekend, More Visits Coming (UPDATED)

Derrick JonesDerrick Jones, the 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing from Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), will fly to UConn Sunday after playing in the Adidas Nations event in Miami this weekend, his father told SNY.tv.

Jones will then take several other visits this spring and summer leading up to the fall when he will cut his list.

Jones is the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2015 according to Rivals and may be the most athletic player in the class. He needs to continue developing his shot and his ability to create off the bounce, but has the tools to be special if his skills can catch up.

UConn is coming off winning the national championship and head coach Kevin Ollie has the magic touch right now when it comes to recruiting. To read more of this story, click here

UConn’s DeAndre Daniels to the NBA Draft; Boatright to Return for Senior Season

UConn junior forward DeAndre Daniels is headed to the NBA Draft.

The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The 6-foot-8 junior averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds but helped himself tremendously as UConn made its run to the NCAA championship. He went for 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Sweet 16 against Iowa State and 20 and 10 against Florida in the national semifinals.

“I just felt like this was the right time for me,” Daniels said. “I sat down with my family and we discussed it and everyone agreed, but the final decision was still mine and it was hard. I had a great career at UConn and I wouldn’t change it for the world, and to go out on top like we did makes it even better.” To read more of this story, click here

Daniel Hamilton Wants DeAndre Daniels Back at UConn, Plans to Sign His Letter of Intent

NEW YORK — UConn recruit Daniel Hamilton believes the Huskies could make a run toward defending their NCAA championship if his friend DeAndre Daniels returns for his senior season.

“We’ll be able to have another chance at a run if he comes back,” the 6-foot-7 Hamilton said after going for 10 points in 11 minutes for the West team in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center. “We’ll be that much better, because he’s a force. A lot of power forwards can’t guard him at that position, because he can put it on the floor and he can shoot, so it’s hard to guard him.”

Daniels helped his NBA stock during UConn’s title run, but is still projected as a 2015 pick by DraftExpress.com. UConn coach Kevin Ollie met with Daniels last week, but no decision has been announced. To read more of this story, click here

Daniel Hamilton Wants Good Friend DeAndre Daniels to Stay at UConn

DANIELHAMILTON_150_6_29By BEN BASKIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK – Daniel Hamilton is long and lanky — almost as if he has been stretched out with a rolling pin — which is an asset that one cannot teach.

He is one-third of the NCAA champion UConn Huskies’ 2014 recruiting class that also includes junior college guard Sam Cassell Jr. and N.C. state transfer Rodney Purvis. 

As the eighth ranked shooting guard in the country, Hamilton is the only UConn recruit on ESPN’s Top 100 list (30th) and the only member of the class invited to New York this week for the Jordan Brand Classic.   And even though Hamilton has not formally signed a Letter of Intent, UConn fans should not be worried.

“I’m most definitely going to go to UConn— 100 percent,” Hamilton said after practice Wednesday afternoon at Basketball City in Manhattan. “I’m real anxious [to get out to UConn] , especially after they won that championship.” To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Roundup: Ollie Makes Battle a Priority; Groce Visits Bragg; Ndahiro Taking Visits

Tyus Battle ZagHow big of a priority is 2016 guard Tyus Battle for UConn?

Four days after winning the NCAA championship in Arlington, Texas, head coach Kevin Ollie was on campus Friday at Gill St. Bernard’s in Gladstone, N.J., to meet with Battle and show his level of commitment.

Ollie made the 45-minute drive after speaking at a Coaches’ Clinic at Roselle Catholic, where he was the star attraction on a day where SMU’s Larry Brown, Temple’s Fran Dunphy, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, Miami’s Jim Larranaga and N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried also spoke.

“It was really special because at the beginning of week, on Monday, our family watched KO and the hungry Huskies cut down the nets,” Gary Battle, Tyus’ father, told SNY.tv. “It was without a doubt a shining moment for Tyus and me. He showed us that Ty is a priority and that means a lot.” To read more of this story, click here

Ollie Will Huddle With Daniels, Boatright on Future Plans; Coach Recruiting in Jersey Off NCAA Championship

DeAndre DanielsROSELLE, N.J. — UConn coach Kevin Ollie plans to huddle next week with juniors DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright about their future plans.

Originally projected as a 2015 NBA Draft pick, the 6-foot-9 Daniels helped his stock with a strong NCAA Tournament and may opt to declare this year. The 6-foot Boatright is not projected to get drafted and should probably return to the reigning national champions.

“We’re trying to get them finishing school so they can have their options of coming back if they decide to,” Ollie told SNY.tv of Daniels and Boatright. “I know they’re going to be thinking it over with their family and I’m going to be there for them either way they go. They’re always going to have a home in Connecticut, so if they do decide to come back we’re going to take them with open arms. If they decide to go, I’m going to give them advice on the next step of their life.” To read more of this story, click here