Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Recruits & Ruminations

UConn is still hoping Nate Miles will be in a Husky uniform in another couple of months.

Although the school never mailed Miles a national letter of intent, it is hoping that the well-traveled, 6-foot-6 swingman will qualify academically and be accepted into the university for the spring semester, which begins on Jan. 22.

Right now, it’s a two-part process for Miles to enroll at the school. First, the NCAA Clearinghouse must approve all of his academic information – grades, SAT scores, etc. That process could take several weeks. Miles’ coach at The Patterson (N.C.) School has said that the player has been working hard on his academics lately.

And, as one university source pointed out, the Huskies wouldn’t have pursued Miles or gone this far with him if it didn’t feel like he had a legitimate shot to qualify.

If Miles does qualify, like all prospective UConn student-athletes, he must then pass the university’s muster.

Miles has been enrolled at six different high schools in the past four-plus years and is now considered a postgraduate student at the Patterson School. He has had disciplinary problems throughout his high school tenure and was suspended from an early-season scrimmage at Patterson and also held back from the team’s recent trip to the National Prep Showcase at UMass-Lowell.

However, Miles has also had a tough upbringing. According to sources, Miles has never really known his father, and his mother has been in and out of prison.

“He has had some circumstances in his life that have made for what wouldn’t be called a ‘normal’ academic road,” said a university source. “He’s had some hardships. He’s a kid that’s been let down, too, by adults – not purposely. To continue to penalize him just because you look at just his papers … every kid is an individual case.”

Can They Snare Snaer?

Add Michael Snaer’s name to the list of Class of 2009 recruits in whom the Huskies are interested.

Snaer is a 6-4, 170-pound shooting guard from Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. He’s an above-average athlete with good length and good three-point range, and can handle and pass well for a shooting guard. He’s also a good defender with the capacity to be an even better one.

Snaer is the 64th-rated prospect in the Class of ’09, according to Scout.com.

UConn is still hoping to land top-rated shooting guard Tyreke Evans, a senior who may wait for the spring signing period to decide, and is also looking into some junior-college and foreign players.

Ruminations from Monday Night:

* Expect Doug Wiggins to start seeing more playing time, and start seeing more plays designed for him, as he continues to impress coach Jim Calhoun with his hustle, attitude and offensive moxy.

"We’ve got to do more for him, to set him up offensively," the coach said, "because he is so quick.”

Check out an article on Wiggins in Wednesday's New Haven Register (again, here's the link to the Register's new web site : http://www.nhregister.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/BigDaily;jsessionid=Ns7JHMhbYyXrfDZ18rdvj5nPXdQsyVzQFdSTL2MJrg0hJNWTJxmJ!434813543?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_section&r21.pgpath=%2FNHR%2FSports

* Calhoun has also been happy with the play of Gavin Edwards off the bench. Edwards had six points in 12 minutes Monday night as he continues to steal minutes from slumping fellow forward Curtis Kelly.

Calhoun likes Edwards' play on the Huskies' zone press.

"With Hasheem (Thabeet) deep and Gavin on the second line, we're much better. He covers the middle, creates turnovers. He's very smart, very flexible. (But) I would like to see him more assertive offensively."

* A.J. Price pulled a groin in Monday night’s game with Florida A&M and was limited to just nine minutes in the second half. He scored a season-low three points.

* Next up for UConn is a date with No. 19 Gonzaga on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. Only 1,500 tickets out of approximately 17,200 remain for the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase doubleheader (Providence and Boston College clash in the nightcap). More than 25 NBA teams have requested scouting passes for the two games.

* Saturday's game will be a sort of homecoming for Brookline (Mass.) native Jeff Adrien. The last time he played at TD Banknorth Garden, it was still called the Fleet Center. It was in the Class A Championship Game, and Adrien's Brookline High fell to Springfield-Commerce.

“I remember it like yesterday," Adrien said. "It was a real sad moment. But I have a chance to get a ‘W’ there again.”


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