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Report: Kevin Ollie Removes Name From Consideration For Thunder Job

Apr 23, 2015 1:52 PM

Kevin Ollie has removed his name from consideration for the head coaching job of the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources.

Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant.

The Thunder are looking for a new head coach following their dismissal of Scott Brooks.

Billy Donovan is also considered a top candidate for the position.

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Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Considering Kevin Ollie As Replacement For Scott Brooks

Apr 20, 2015 3:16 PM

Kevin Ollie is being "seriously considered" by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching job.

Scott Brooks has been head coach of the Thunder since the 08-09 season when he replaced P.J. Carlesimo. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Thunder are considering making a change from Brooks.

Ollie was a teammate of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with the Thunder during his playing career.

Sam Presti has reportedly visited UConn several times recently.

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Nic Moore Headlines 2015 American Athletic Conference Awards

Mar 12, 2015 1:15 PM

Nic Moore of SMU has been named the 2015 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Joining Moore on the All-AAC First Team are Ryan Boatright, Will Cummings, Austin Nichols and James Woodard.

Amida Brimah won Defensive Player of the Year, while Daniel Hamilton received Rookie of the Year honors.

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Jalen Adams Commits to Connecticut

Jun 30, 2014 4:26 PM

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.

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Napier Ranks UConn Graduation Ahead Of NCAA Title, Draft Night

Jun 25, 2014 6:58 PM

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."

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Tags: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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

May 19, 2014 5:40 PM

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

May 17, 2014 3:45 PM

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.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

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Kevin Ollie Receives Inquiries From NBA Teams As UConn Extension Progresses

May 14, 2014 2:05 PM

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.

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

May 8, 2014 8:25 PM

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.

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Kevin Ollie Willing To Listen To Interest From NBA

May 2, 2014 1:10 PM

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.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers To Reach Out To Kevin Ollie, John Calipari
The Lakers hope to "make a splash" with their eventual head coaching choice.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Ryan Boatright Returns To UConn For Senior Season
Ryan Boatright averaged 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junior last season.

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DeAndre Daniels Leaves UConn For NBA Draft
DeAndre Daniels averaged 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior at UConn.

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