Some noteworthy items from the eve of Kevin Ollie’s first game as UConn coach:
*Enosch Wolf (concussion) will not be available for Thursday’s exhibition against AIC. He participated in non-contact drills Wednesday and is expected to be a full-go by Saturday. Judging by his progress, it seems he’ll almost certainly be ready for next week’s season opener versus Michigan State.
*Ryan Boatright twisted his left ankle during Wednesday’s practice and sat out as a precaution, according to Ollie. He is expected to play Thursday night.
*Olllie did not reveal Thursday’s starters, but said he has “three lineups floating around in my head.”
*Ollie raved about senior R.J. Evans, a Salem, Conn. native who previously played at Holy Cross.
“He’s been wonderful,” Ollie said. “He’s given us that rock, that person in the locker room that can talk to guys. I imagine they said ‘Oh, this guy from Holy Cross, we ain’t going to respect him.’ But when they got on the court, they started respecting him each and every day….He just knows how to play. You need guys who are going to be those grind-it-out guys. I know what I’m going to get from R.J. Some other guys I don’t, but I know what I’m going to get from R.J.”
*Thus far in practice, Ollie has been pleased with the transition offense, and says the rebounding still needs some work.
*Jim Calhoun sat with recently hired Ricky Moore, the assistant director of basketball administration, during Wednesday’s practice. Niels Giffey says Calhoun is there “every other day.”
“I feel like I can talk to him more now,” Giffey said. “He doesn’t have as much to do now.”