Auriemma Talks Faris, Dolson On Groundbreaking Day In Storrs

Moments after speaking and posing for countless pictures with a shovel in his hand at the official groundbreaking for the UConn Basketball Development Center today, Geno Auriemma expressed his thoughts on Kelly Faris and her spot on the Connecticut Sun.

Faris, of course, was drafted by the Sun in the first round of the WNBA draft Monday night (No. 11 overall).

“I’m just happy she’s going to a good team,’’ Auriemma said. “I said that it was important for Kelly to go to a good team because I thought what she brings in her role on a team the better the team is the better she’s going to play her role. There’s a lot that Kelly brings and it takes hopefully a team that can appreciate what she brings, and some of them are tangible and some of them are intangible. And the Connecticut Sun has had a great run the last couple of years and they’ve come up short. And they’ve got some injuries now and who knows what their season’s going to look like this year. But, at the same time, I think Kelly’s going to be able to help them. In what capacity, I don’t know. But it never hurts to have somebody who only knows about winning.’’

Auriemma reiterated that junior All-American Stefanie Dolson will not need off-season surgery to repair either the stress fracture in her right ankle or the plantar fasciitis in her left foot.

“She doesn’t need any surgery,’’ Auriemma said. “She just needs to get time off of it. And time takes care of everything.’’

The Huskies are sporting new Nike jackets these days. They feature the word “Gr8ness” on the back.” Sharp. Very sharp.

Recruiting sources said that it will be a busy weekend for the Huskies’ coaching staff. They will be heading to Chicago, the Boo Williams Nike Invitational in Newport News and Hampton, Va. and the Deep South Classic in Raleigh, N.C.