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.
NEW YORK — There is an old Irish saying that applies to UConn coach Jim Calhoun and his elephant-like memory.
“The Irish forgive but never forget, and they only say they forgive,” Jeff Calhoun, the coach’s son and a former UConn guard, said Tuesday over breakfast at a lower Manhattan cafe.
A year ago, journalists and pundits were writing Calhoun’s team off after the Huskies crashed and burned at the hands of St. John’s in the first round of the Big East Tournament and then landed in the NIT.
“It’s like [ESPN’s] Doug Gottlieb a year ago was on TV after we get blown out by St. John’s in the Big East Tournament saying Roscoe Smith should reconsider his commitment,” Jeff Calhoun said. “And those things don’t get forgotten.”
Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs, UCLA guard Malcolm Lee and Maryland forward Jordan Williams will all test the NBA waters but none has hired an agent.
“Entering the NBA Draft,” the 6-foot-2 Gibbs, who averaged 16.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists for a Pittsburgh team that won the Big East regular season crown but was upset by No. 8 Butler, 71-70, in the second round of the NCAA tournament, told SNY.tv exclusively Tuesday morning by text.
Gibbs hasn’t yet completed the paperwork to enter the draft and has until April 24 to do so.
All three players can return to campus if they don’t hire an agent and withdraw their names by the May 8 deadline.