Monday, October 27, 2008

We're Talkin' 'Bout Practice ...

Some notes from today's practice at Gampel:

***A.J. Price said his surgically-repaired left knee was particularly sore today, probably a result of having the weekend off and then coming back hard for today's three-hour practice. His knee was wrapped with ice while he chatted with the media.

***Craig Austrie continues to be just "OK," according to Jim Calhoun, and wouldn't be in the starting lineup if the season started tomorrow -- something the coach wouldn't have figured just two or three weeks ago. "He has not asserted himself," said Calhoun.

***After a slow start in his early practices, freshman Scottie Haralson has really started to catch fire from beyond the arc. During one scrimmage, he hit about four out of six at one point, and in a 3-point shooting drill virtually carried the rest of his teammates as they knocked down just enough to avoid having to more.

***7-foot backup center Jonathan Mandeldove has been suffering from back spasms over the past several days and didn't participate in practice today. Calhoun hinted that this may make a decision to red-shirt Mandeldove easier.

***Charles Okwandu, who will be Hasheem Thabeet's backup at center if Mandeldove doesn't play this season, has looked strong in early-season practices. He's raw, sure, but he's also got some obvious skills. Okwandu's best move of the day was saving a ball from going out of bounds and passing it, behind his back, to a teammate -- all in one motion.

***Stanley Robinson was in the house after practice, nailing down one jumper after another during a shooting drill. (Oh, and there's no way he's gained 30 pounds of muscle over the past six months, as has been reported).

***Sports Illustrated was at Gampel on Monday, taking photos of Hasheem Thabeet and women's star Maya Moore for its college basketball season preview front cover shots. Apparently, there will be six different regional covers featuring a player from both the men's and women's teams from the following schools: UConn, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Arizona State.

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