KEMBA WALKER: Popped off the bench 92 seconds into the game after A.J. Price missed a jumper and showed just how well he can push the ball up the floor and find open teammates for easy hoops. Hit Hasheem Thabeet for a couple of alley-oop dunks, one of them on a nifty no-look pass. Had Jim Calhoun gushing about his energy and enthusiasm afterwards, and even hit both his 3-pointers. When asked if he's a better shooter than people give him credit for, Walker said: "I think so." Added Calhoun: "He'll make more shots in a game than in drills, because he's a gamer. He knows how to win."
HASHEEM THABEET: Dominated by going 9-for-9 from the floor for a game-high 21 points -- mostly against players nearly a foot shorter than him. That's OK, according to Calhoun. "Maybe he wouldn't have gone 9-for-9 last year. He's a better offensive player ... he's going to be a mismatch for 6-8 guys, too." And, as Thabeet pointed out: "The guys now realize I can actually catch the ball that high and finish it up."
JEFF ADRIEN: Nothing special, even benched for a good stretch in the second half before returning and scoring six straight points and eight of his 13 over the final 9 1/2 minutes. Calhoun would have liked to have seen better energy from both Adrien and ...
A.J. PRICE: ... who hit a 3-pointer to kick off the game ("it was like the final statement that 'he's back, he's here, and the season's underway'") but didn't do a whole lot else in his return to play for the first time since tearing his ACL last March. "I don't think he played well," said Calhoun. "He didn't get the ball upcourt like he's supposed to."
CRAIG AUSTRIE: Steady, as usual. Shot 6-for-6 from the foul line and finished with 11 points, six assists and praise from Calhoun for his ability to take the ball to the hole.
JEROME DYSON: No field goals, one point, though he did dole out five assists. Clearly not what Calhoun was looking for as he returned to the starting lineup for the first time since last year's suspension.
GAVIN EDWARDS: Showed skills and a deft inside touch, shooting 6-for-7 from the floor for 15 points off the bench.
SCOTTIE HARALSON: Missed badly on his first-ever 3-pointer and hit just 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. "He doesn't know what a good shot is yet," said Calhoun.
JONATHAN MANDELDOVE: The crowd cheered his one free throw as if he was a walk-on. But he's not. At this moment, he's the Huskies' backup center.
DONNELL BEVERLY: One shot, one rebound, one assist, one turnover in 10 minutes of play.