Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Last season was not easy for Kevin Ollie and the UConn Huskies.
They lost their first two games of the 2016-17 season — to Wagner and Northeastern. They then suffered through a slew of injuries before finishing 16-17, 9-9 in the American Athletic Conference. After the season, a slew of players transferred or asked out of their Letters of Intent.
“We went through some adversities, in life you have adversities,” Ollie told me on Friday at the Garden State Basketball Clinic at Immaculate Conception High School.
“It’s how you respond and hopefully…I’m not even going to say hopefully, we will respond like champions because we always face adversity.”
Antoine and Lewis are ranked No. 3 and No. 5 in the 2019 class according to 247 Sports.
“Coach Cal is really down to Earth and easy going,” Lewis said Monday. “He really just wanted to tell me the real deal about him and the program. We all know the rumors about UK and he wanted to set the record straight. He said he tries to teach his players how to be better people and better men. And he thinks I have qualities that some of his players don’t learn to have until they leave him.”
The two have expressed interest in possibly teaming up at the next level.
“Bryan and I are still talking about the possibility of us going to school together, we just don’t know yet,” Lewis said.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Dan Hurley was speaking to about 40 coaches at the Garden State Basketball Clinic on Friday when he made a bold, but entirely possible statement to those assembled.
“We might have the best guards in the country so we’re constantly trying to find ways to get our guards shots,” Hurley told the coaches.
Does Rhode Island have the best guards in the country entering the 2017-18 season?
They’re certainly in the conversation.
Consider that the Rams have four returning guards — E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell, Stan Robinson and Jarvis Garrett (the father of twin boys)– who combined for 39.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.7 assists last season when the team won the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.