Derrick Jones Visiting UConn Monday

Derrick Jones, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound junior wing from Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), will take an unofficial to UConn on Monday, as previously reported by SNY.tv.

The visit has been postponed several times.

“We’ve been trying to visit and trying to get him up there,” We R 1 coach Terrell Myers recently told  SNY.tv. “The second time Kevin Ollie had something going on with his mom and the first time Derrick missed his flight so we couldn’t get him up there. But that’s definitely a place he’s going to go visit.”

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LeBron Gets His Wish as Heat Acquire Shabazz Napier

NapierBy JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK – LeBron James got his wish on Thursday evening and it had nothing to do with his looming free agency.

After Shabazz Napier led Connecticut to a second national championship in four seasons on April 7 — setting himself apart from Kemba Walker and previous UConn guards with his second championship — James tweeted ‘No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier.’

If James re-signs with the Heat this summer, the two will be teammates. To read more of this story, click here

Tyus Battle to Visit UConn as Huskies Are in Mix for Package With Thornton; Ray Smith Has New List (UPDATED); Derrick Jones to Visit UConn

Tyus Battle will visit UConn on Thursday as the Huskies remain one of a handful of schools in the mix for the Battle/Derryck Thornton package we reported on this week.

Kentucky, Michigan and Florida are among the other schools in the mix for the 2016 guards who are friends.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported the visit, adding that 2015 Las Vegas wing Ray Smith and Connecticut power forward Steve Enoch will also visit UConn Thursday. To read more of this story, click here

Diamond Stone Visits UConn

Diamond Stone, the new No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to Scout.com, visited UConn this past weekend in what can only been seen as a huge coup for the new minted NCAA champions and head coach Kevin Ollie.

Stone’s camp has maintained a low-profile on his recruitment, keeping interviews to a minimum.

Yet given UConn’s history with sending big men to the NBA — Andre Drummond, Emeka Okafor and Charlie Villanueva to name a few — it’s safe to say Ollie reminded the 6-foot-10, 255-pound Stone of that tradition.

It was originally reported that 6-foot-3 Mississippi native Malik Newman would also make the trip to UConn, but he told Evan Daniels of Scout he was unable to attend. To read more of this story, click here

Diamond Stone to Visit UConn This Weekend

Diamond Stone and Malik NewmanBy JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

In looking to capitalize on the momentum of winning a national title in April, University of Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie will have a big visitor in Storrs this weekend, both literally and figuratively.

Sources told SNY.tv on Thursday afternoon that the Huskies will host 6-foot-10 Class of 2015 star Diamond Stone for an unofficial visit this weekend.

Scout.com’s Evan Daniels first reported that the 6-foot-10, 255-pound Stone, the new No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to Scout.com, would visit with 6-foot-3 Mississippi native Malik Newman, the No. 1 player in the class according to Rivals.com

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Prince Ali Decommits from UConn, Remains Open

Prince Ali, a 6-foot-4 2015 guard from The Sagement (FL) School, has decommitted from reigning national champion UConn.

“After talking it over with my family I have decided to reopen my recruitment! I still love the Uconn and I am still considering Uconn!” he Tweeted.

In November, Ali chose the Huskies over Illinois, UCLA, Georgetown, Nebraska, USF and Vanderbilt, and said he held offers from all of them except UCLA and Georgetown.

“He doesn’t have a list,” Sagemont coach Adam Ross told SNY.tv. “He is going to start over and get to know several programs.”

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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