Two bizarre things happened Friday night: Shabazz Napier scored 10 points in just over two minutes and Enosch Wolf scored 12 points in a game.
Above all, the takeaway from Friday was that Enosch Wolf (12 points, six rebounds) can give UConn some solid production on both ends, which much be a huge relief for Kevin Ollie.
“We don’t have Kareem Abdul-Jabbar coming around the corner,” Ollie said. “One night it’s going to be Tyler, one night it’s going to be Enosch, one night it’s going to be Phil (Nolan), one night it’s going to be Leon (Tolksdorf).”
So far, neither Nolan nor Tolksdorf has proved capable. Wolf, however, has shown enough to earn a spot in the rotation. Maybe Tyler Olander won’t have to play 35 minutes after all.
As for Shabazz Napier…what is there to say? The junior went scoreless for 20 minutes against Vermont, then took 30 minutes to score his first bucket versus Wake Forest. He ended up with 16 points in the final 10 minutes.
“I have no clue,” Napier said. “Today was just a weird day.”
Some notes from Friday:
*Kevin Ollie wrote “Found a Way” on the whiteboard before the game. Behind one unlikely hero, Enosch Wolf, and a scoring outburst from an otherwise silent Shabazz Napier, the Huskies are now 3-0.
*The highlight box from tonight. Ryan Boatright, who led the Huskies in points (16), rebounds (7) and assists (5), gets the gameball.
*UConn got beat on the glass again, 32-27. Eventually, they’ll lose a game because of the backboards. It just hasn’t happened yet.
“Call us the New York Knicks,” Ollie said. “They’re getting outrebounded and they’re winning every game.” (Actually, tonight they lost, but you get the point).
*Beating a dead horse here, but I liked the energy from R.J. Evans and Niels Giffey. I should probably just start copy-and-pasting that into every post-game blog post.