Saturday, September 27, 2008

Miles from Campus

The details of the Nate Miles situation should unfold over the next week. His court date for violating a restraining order taken out against him by a female classmate is Tuesday, and he'll meet before a UConn review board on Thursday.

However, one thing is known: according to a source, Miles is currently not allowed on the UConn campus. He is staying at a nearby hotel, presumably until the situation is sorted out on Thursday, meaning he can't attend classes or, obviously, practice with his UConn teammates.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Miles Arrested

UConn freshman Nate Miles was arrested on Monday night for violating the terms of a restraining order he had received about 15 minutes earlier.

According to a UConn police report, Miles was served with a restraining order on Monday at about 8 p.m. The order stated that Miles "shall refrain from having any contact in any manner with the protected party."

At about 8:16 p.m., according to the report, Miles was alleged to have violated the order by placing a phone call to the protected party. He was arrested and released later that night after posting a $2,500 surety bond.

Miles is due in court on Tuesday.

While the incident may not appear to be severe, it has to be a bit troubling for the Huskies. Miles, 20, attended five high schools in four years, and coach Jim Calhoun had a well-publicized battle with athletic director Jeff Hathaway just to get Miles admitted into the school.

The Huskies' program, of course, is still smarting from the alcohol-related arrests last year of current junior Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins, who has since transferred to UMass.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Depth Charge

Check out tomorrow's Register for a story on UConn's depth and talent at virtually every position, and how competitive the fight for playing time will be for many players.

Think about it: an All-American at point guard (A.J. Price) backed up by a McDonald's All-American (Kemba Walker) and/or Mr. Clutch (Craig Austrie) and perhaps the team's most improved player (Donnell Beverly).

At the two, the team's most athletic player (Jerome Dyson) will vie for time with Austrie and perhaps the team's best sharpshooter (Scottie Haralson). (Incidentally, assistant coach Patrick Sellers calls Beverly and Haralson the team's "two hardest-working guys. They come back late at night to shoot extra shots.")

And, of course, highly-touted, 6-6 freshman Nate Miles can play all three guard positions.

Hasheem Thabeet is the center and Jeff Adrien the power forward, but a battle will ensue on who their respective back-ups will be. Gavin Edwards, Jonathan Mandeldove and Charles Okwandu are all in the fray. Jim Calhoun said today that either Mandeldove or Okwandu could be red-shirted.

"With Hasheem most likely leaving (after this season), we want to make sure we have an experienced center coming back. We also want someone there to develop, without the pressure of playing, whether it be Charles or Jonathan. But nothing's written in stone."

Of course, UConn should also be adding a 6-10 freshman in mid-December. Ater Majok is still waiting to get through the NCAA clearinghouse, and Calhoun doesn't expect that to be a problem. He's also counting on Stanley Robinson to resolve his personal issues and be back with the team at the same time.

Robinson is working full-time as a sheet-metal worker and, according to Calhoun, has bulked up from last year's playing weight of 200 lbs. to 233 lbs. -- all muscle.

If Robinson and Majok return to the team once first-semester exams end, they could battle for time at the three. Until then, expect either Dyson or Miles to get significant minutes at that position.

"We’ll start off as a three-guard attack,” said Calhoun, “and after six or seven games, we’ll probably have a three-man come in and contribute.”

IN RECRUITING NEWS: Sellers was in West Virginia on Sunday to watch Deniz Kilicli, a hot new 6-9, 245-pound Class of 2009 recruit from Turkey who's now at Mountain State Academy in Beckley, W.V.

Kilicli is said to have a tremendous body, with wide shoulders and huge hands and who shoots lefthanded from the inside but righthanded on 3-pointers and mid-range jumpers.

Also on UConn's radar are a trio of 2010 kids: Baltimore's Roscoe Smith, a 6-7 forward who got a visit from Calhoun and Sellers on Monday; Harrison Barnes, a 6-6 forward out of Ames, Iowa whom Sellers also recently saw; and C.J. Fair, another 6-7 Baltimorean (is that a word?).

UConn has also recently saw Jarrid Famous, a 6-11 center out of Westchester Community College, and were reasonably impressed -- but would like to see him again. Famous is visiting Seton Hall this weekend.

The Huskies are getting a visit this weekend from Durand Scott, the 6-5 guard out of New York City who was Kemba Walker's teammate at both Rice High and the New York Gauchos. Scott attended the Connecticut Elite Camp in Storrs last month and is very much coveted by the UConn staff.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Coaches vs. Cancer (and Each Other)

Greetings ... was on vacation last week, and things are pretty slow at this time of year, so blogging's been equally slow lately. Now we're back, with plenty of blogging to do.

To start off, we give you this link from the Washington Examiner website. Seems Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim are in the nation's capitol today for a Coaches vs. Cancer event, and their competitiveness extends even to this arena.

Good stuff. Calhoun has never shied away from ribbing his fellow coaches, either from near or far. He still refers to UConn's patsy-filled, 2006 early-season schedule (in which the Huskies never left the Nutmeg State) as a "Jim Boeheim schedule" -- a reference to Syracuse's penchant for not leaving upstate New York until January.

No doubt, Calhoun took particular pleasure in passing Boeheim on the all-time coaching wins list with a victory over the Orange up in the Carrier Dome last February. (Incidentally, Calhoun is 11th on the all-time list with 774 -- four more than Boeheim.