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Jalen Adams Commits to Connecticut

Jalen Adams has committed to Connecticut as a member of the 2015 class.

The 6-foot-2 guard chose the Huskies over a narrowed list of Louisville and Kansas. He joins fellow guard William Jackson as members of the 2015 recruiting class.

Adams is rated as a four-star prospect by every major scouting service.

Via Evan Daniels/Scout.com

Napier Ranks UConn Graduation Ahead Of NCAA Title, Draft Night

Shabazz Napier led the Connecticut Huskies to an unlikely NCAA title in April, but he also earned his degree from UConn this spring. Napier will be drafted into the NBA on Thursday.

"I’ll tell you something that’s funny and people may think is weird -- I feel as though me walking across the stage for my graduation was more important than me winning a national championship,” Napier said Wednesday. "That put the icing on the cake for me, to have my degree is something that I always worked to. It’s definitely cool to be here, but I stayed my fourth year just to get my degree."

Napier was a fixture on the Dean’s List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.

"At the end of the day I was always told that basketball can bring you many places, which is true, but you can probably only play competitive basketball until you are 40 or so,” Napier recalled. "My mother always told me that education is always going to stay with you, no matter what happens. God forbid anything happen to you on the basketball court, your education will always stay with you."

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Kevin Ollie, UConn Agree To Extension Worth $3M Per Season

Kevin Ollie and UConn have agreed upon a contract extension worth $3 million annually.

Ollie led the Huskies to the 2014 National Championship.

Ollie had received interest from NBA teams.

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly never made a formal inquiry into Ollie, and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the most aggressive suitor among a number of NBA teams.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ollie Would Seek More Money Than Kerr To Leave UConn For NBA

Kevin Ollie will seek a contract better than Steve Kerr's five-year, $25 million deal if he leaves UConn for the NBA.

Ollie led UConn to the national championship in his second season as head coach.

Ollie is highly regarded amongst several of the NBA's better players from his time as a player.

Via Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Kevin Ollie Receives Inquiries From NBA Teams As UConn Extension Progresses

As negotiations on a contract extension progress with the University of Connecticut, Kevin Ollie has received formal contact from NBA teams to discuss head coaching vacancies, league sources told RealGM.

Ollie heard inquiries from NBA teams in recent days, and UConn’s plans to extend the freshly minted national championship coach have moved along, too. Nevertheless, Ollie has engaged in firm discussions in the NBA – nearing the stage of interviewing with a team, sources told RealGM. With Ollie on a busy schedule, no interview is slated to take place during the Chicago predraft combine, sources said.

Around the league, Ollie maintains a strong reputation from his playing days, a 13-year career in which he served as a leadership figure on teams and earned a place through a gritty, relentless approach. Ollie established relationships with the NBA’s current one-two superstars, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Despite the Los Angeles Lakers’ pursuit to fill their vacancy with a splashy and substantial figure, the franchise has yet to formally reach out to Ollie, a source told RealGM. Within the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been tabbed as highly aggressive in the chase to ace their next coaching hire.

Ollie had proven himself on the highest level of professional basketball, and the 41-year-old led UConn to an improbable national title this season. For league executives, his collegiate success and league reputation made it inevitable for him to receive an opportunity to translate his coaching to the NBA.

Throughout the NCAA offseason, Ollie has made clear that his loyalty lies with his alma mater UConn.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Kevin Ollie Expects To Open Up NBA Discussions If No Extension With UConn Forms

Kevin Ollie has yet to be formally contacted by any NBA teams about their head coaching vacancy, sources tell RealGM.

Connecticut hopes to reward Ollie with a contract extension, but he's expected to open up discussions with NBA teams if no deal forms.

Ollie was a longtime player in the NBA and has excellent relationships with many current players.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Kevin Ollie Willing To Listen To Interest From NBA

Kevin Ollie is undoubtedly loyal to Connecticut after leading them to the National Championship, but sources tell RealGM that he'll listen to any interest from the NBA.

Ollie hasn't yet received formal contact from NBA teams, sources said.

Ollie has been mentioned as a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ollie is well liked by former NBA teammates such as Kevin Durant.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Lakers To Reach Out To Kevin Ollie, John Calipari

The Los Angeles Lakers hope to "make a splash" with their eventual head coaching choice.

The Lakers intend to reach out to Kevin Ollie and John Calipari to at least gauge their interest in the position.

Mike D'Antoni stepped down as Lakers' coach on Wednesday.

The Lakers could leave the position open in the short-term in case a potential free agent would consider signing with the franchise if the coach of his choosing is hired.

Sources say Kobe Bryant has not made any coaching suggestions at this point, but they will eventually consult with him.

Via Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Ryan Boatright Returns To UConn For Senior Season

Ryan Boatright will return to the University of Connecticut for his senior season.

Boatright averaged 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junior last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

DeAndre Daniels Leaves UConn For NBA Draft

DeAndre Daniels will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Daniels averaged 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior at UConn.

Daniels was a Final Four All-Tournament Team selection in the Huskies' title run.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Connecticut Huskies Archives

GMs Bullish On Kevin Ollie As NBA Head Coach

One NBA executive said that whichever teams pursue Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent will want to hire Kevin Ollie.

UConn Beats Kentucky 60-54 To Win 2014 National Championship

Shabazz Napier had 22 points, 6 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the game and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Napier: We Sometimes Don't Have Money For Food

Shabazz Napier expressed concerns about universities profiting off jersey sales.

UConn Could Become 2nd Team To Win Title Without McDonald's All-American

Shabazz Napier is a First Team All-American but wasn't a five-star recruit.

Florida, UConn, Kentucky, Wisconsin Have 46 Former Players In NBA

Fifteen of Kentucky's 21 current NBA players have entered the league since John Calipari arrived in 09-10.

McDermott, Parker Headline AP All-American Team

Shabazz Napier, Sean Kilpatrick and Russ Smith joined Doug McDermott and Jabari Parker on the All-American team.

Louisville Beats UConn To Win American Athletic Conference Tourney

Russ Smith was named Tournament MVP.

Sam Cassell Jr. Commits To UConn

Sam Cassell Jr. has committed to Connecticut for the 14-15 season.

Abdul-Malik Abu Chooses N.C. State Over UConn, Florida, Providence

Abdul-Malik Abu is a 6'8 forward ranked in the top-50 in the class of 2014.
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