Athlon Ranks Larry Brown, Kevin Ollie 29th & 30th Best Coaches in America, Begging the Question, What are they smoking at Athlon Sports?

SMU-UConnAthlon Sports on Wednesday published a list entitled, “The Top 50 College Basketball Coaches for 2014-15.”

On that list, Larry Brown of SMU was ranked No. 29 and Kevin Ollie of UConn No. 30.

All of which begs the question, “What are they smoking at Athlon Sports?”

Larry Brown, 29th?

Kevin Ollie, 30th?

Between them, the two men have won two NCAA championships (including last year’s) and one NBA title. To read more of this story, click here

Diamond Stone Enjoys UConn, Wisconsin Trips; No Decision Date Set (UPDATED)

Diamond Stone, the 6-foot-10 big man from Milwaukee (WI) Dominican, enjoyed his weekend official visit to UConn but has no specific target date for announcing his decision.

“No date is set,” DeShawn Curtis, Stone’s coach with the Wisconsin Legends AAU team, told SNY.tv Monday morning.

There had been reports that Stone would announce Nov. 12, the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and assistant Ricky Moore will also be in Wednesday to see Stone, Curtis confirmed to SNY.tv.

Stone recently cut his list to UConn, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Maryland, and  has now visited all four schools.

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UConn’s Boatright Looking to Win Back-to-Back NCAA Titles; Ollie Visits Tucker, Talks Recruiting

BoatNEW YORK — Kemba Walker won his NCAA championship as the point guard at UConn in 2011.

Shabazz Napier led the Huskies to the title in 2014.

Now Ryan Boatright is next up.

“Ain’t no getting around that,” Boatright, UConn’s lone senior, said Wednesday at the American Athletic Conference media day at the New York Athletic Club.

“I know it and everybody else knows it, that it’s my turn to lead the team. My main thing is winning another championship and I know that it’s gonna take everybody on my team from me all the way down to the practice players to do that.” To read more of this story, click here

NBA Scout: UConn is ‘Better Than You Think’ & Loaded With NBA Prospects

BrimahA veteran NBA scout who recently visited UConn’s practice told SNY.tv that the Huskies are “better than you think” and are loaded with NBA prospects.

“I was shocked at how good they were,” the scout said. “I never expected them to be like this.”

The reigning NCAA champions lost several key players, including star point guard Shabazz Napier and athletic forward DeAndre Daniels, but the scout counts Amida Brimah, Daniel Hamilton and Ryan Boatright as potential future pros.

The scout also counted Sam Cassell Jr., Rodney Purvis, Omar Calhoun and Phillip Nolan as prospects to watch.

Here’s the scout’s breakdown of a few guys: To read more of this story, click here

At UConn, the Rodney Purvis Era Has Begun

Rodney PurvisBY JOHN F. SILVER

STORRS, Conn. – The Ferrari is out of the garage.

To UConn basketball fans that can mean only one thing. The Rodney Purvis era for the Huskies has begun.

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie has had Purvis, a former McDonald’s All-American who played one year at N.C. State, in the program for more than a year. Purvis transferred after his freshman year and had to sit out last season watching the national championship run from the sidelines.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Purvis was there in practice. He showed all the explosive athletic skills that made him a highly-sought after recruit coming out of high school….in practice. The only game action Purvis had was on the bench cheering in street clothes.

A Ferrari in the garage is what Ollie called Purvis. To read more of this story, click here

UConn’s Kevin Ollie Meets With Jersey Stars Battle, Briscoe

Kevin Ollie, coach of the reigning NCAA champion UConn Huskies, visited Tuesday with the two best high school prospects in New Jersey in hopes of building toward future Final Four appearances.

During the afternoon, Ollie visited 6-foot-5 2016 guard Tyus Battle at Gill St. Bernard’s. In the evening, he met with 6-3 2015 Roselle Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe.

“Ollie is one of the best young basketball minds in the country,” Gary Battle, the player’s father, told SNY.tv. “Coach is so smart and he has so much wisdom.” To read more of this story, click here

Steven Enoch to UConn

As expected, 6-foot-10 St. Thomas More big man Steven Enoch committed to UConn Saturday night during his official visit.

“I will be playing College Basketball at The University of Connecticut as of next season #UConn #Huskies” he Tweeted.

Back in July, Enoch told SNY.tv he grew up a UConn fan.

“Growing up I’ve always wanted to play at UConn and my family wanted me to,” he said at the Reebok Classic Breakout. “And they’ve all been fans of UConn. Now that I have [a scholarship offer] I gotta take it slow because I really have to study their program.” To read more of this story, click here