UConn guard R.J. Evans — who Ollie calls “the rock” of the team — may return to action Tuesday against N.C. State.
After missing the past two games with a sternalclavicular sprain, Evans said he’ll likely be a gametime decision when the Huskies take on the No. 18 Wolfpack in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
“I’ve been in the training room twice a day,” Evans said. “I felt like I had a lot of progress on it. I felt pretty good today.”
Some other comments on Evans, Madison Square Garden and N.C. State from Sunday’s practice:
*Shabazz Napier on Evans: “He brings back that leadership. Against UNH, we kind of played selfish a little bit. We missed having RJ. RJ would have kept us in our plays, he would have kept us going. He’s a key guy. A lot of people see him on the court and they’re like ‘why is he on the court?’ but he does all the things and intangibles that you need to win games.”
*Kevin Ollie on Evans: “It doesn’t revolve around him and that’s what makes him such a great person. He just wants to give to others. And that’s what I’m trying to teach my team.”
*Napier on Madison Square Garden: “You never know who is there. My freshman year, Bill Clinton was there, Carmelo Anthony was there.”
*Omar Calhoun, a Brooklyn native, on playing in Madison Square Garden for the first time: “I’ve been there a couple of times to watch the Knicks play. It’s definitely something I want to be a part of, being on that court, having that feeling.”
*Tyler Olander on his ongoing foul trouble: “We looked on the tape with the coaches. I’ve been a step slow with everything, with my help and recovering back to me guy. And not being straight up, just reaching a little bit…It’s a little harder, just to stay in the flow of the game when I’m coming in and coming right back out. You just have to maintain focus and always be ready.”