Gameday and updates: UConn at DePaul

I caught up briefly with an NBA Scout in the pregame to discuss UConn’s pro prospects. In recent weeks, I’ve come around to the idea of Shabazz Napier declaring for the NBA Draft this year. This particular scout pegged Napier as a possible second-rounder, but said he sees him as a “D-League guy.” The scout also mentioned that DeAndre Daniels was UConn’s best pro prospect because he’s “the most translatable.”

Additionally, he feels that Ryan Boatright needs to come back, which seems to be the consensus. He doesn’t envision Boatright being drafted in 2013.

Some notes on tonight’s game:

WHEN: Tonight, 8

WHERE: Allstate Arena (Rosemont, Ill.)

RECORDS: UConn, 18-7, 8-5 Big East; DePaul 11-15, 2-11 Big East

ON THE AIR: SNY; WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D’Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)

UP NEXT: Wednesday vs. Georgetown, Gampel Pavilion, 7 (ESPN2)

Ryan Boatright (AP)


Shabazz Napier G 6-0 Jr..: 27 pts (11 in OT) vs. Cincinnati

Ryan Boatright G 5-10 So.: 19-for-57 FG in past 6 games

Omar Calhoun G 6-5 Fr.: 14.4 ppg in past 5 games

DeAndre Daniels F 6-8 So.: 4 blocks, three 3-point FG vs. Cincinnati

Tyler Olander F 6-9 Jr.: 2 rebs in 32 mins vs. Cincinnati

Niels Giffey F 6-7 Jr.: 4.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg

R.J. Evans G 6-3 Sr.: 1 pt in 3 mins vs. Cincinnati

Phil Nolan F 6-9 Fr.: Has appeared in 4 straight games

Leon Tolksdorf F 6-8 Fr.: DNP vs. Cincinnati


Brandon Young G 6-4 Jr.: Career-high 35 pts vs. UConn on Jan. 8

Charles McKinney G 6-3 So.: 5.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Jamee Crockett G/F 6-4 So.: 10 pts in 18 mins vs. Georgetown

Cleveland Melvin F 6-8 Jr.: 16.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg

Donnavan Kirk F 6-9 Jr.: Leads team with 46 blocks

Worrel Clahar G 5-11 Sr.: 7.1 ppg, 27% 3-PT FG

Moses Morgan F 6-6 Jr.: 6.6 ppg

Derrell Robertston C 6-10 So.: 2.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg


NEED A T.O.: Tyler Olander has earned more minutes since the indefinite suspension of back-up center Enosch Wolf. He hasn’t produced much, though. He has a paltry 12 rebounds in his last 115 minutes.

REGULAR SEASON TITLE: At 8-5, UConn is not completely eliminated from conference title contention. The Huskies sit a half-game behind Notre Dame, one game behind Louisville and two games behind Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette. They’ll likely need to win out — and get some help — to claim the top spot in the league.

THE OPPOSITE OF A REGULAR SEASON TITLE: Perpetual basement-dweller DePaul is actually ahead of Seton Hall (2-12) and South Florida (1-13) in the standings. The Blue Demons have finished in last place every year since 2008-09.

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