The UConn student section might have found love at first dunk with Amida Brimah, but his Husky teammates first thought he was a pest.
On their summer runs around campus, Brimah would often be found trying to chat up his teammates along the way, and the veteran Huskies didn’t quite enjoy it.
“It was pretty annoying, but we got used to it” sophomore Phil Nolan said. “`Ay’ that’s his favorite saying. He says ‘Ay’ all the time. Everyone time he’d lay the ball up or be wide open he’d still say ‘Ay.’
“But if that’s his thing, that’s his thing. If it’s working, he can continue to say ‘Ay.’”
Judging from Brimah’s statistic line in his UConn debut, he might be using that work quite a bit this season. The 7-foot freshman finished with eight points, three rebounds and five blocks in 17 minutes against Southern Connecticut State.
“It’s hard to shoot over him,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “If they do shoot over him, he alters a lot of shots, too.”
In addition to his shot blocking, Brimah also flashed the ability to get up and down the floor in a hurrah.
“I run hard all the time,” he said. “But the thing that I do best is I’m a shot blocker.”
TRAVELING: DeAndre Daniels finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but just missed a dubious triple-double with six turnovers. “I thought I did all right,” he said. “I could have done a lot of things better. I had too many turnovers, but I was able to hit some shots. … Junior Ryan Boatright was pleased with his night, finishing with 15 points, five assists and one turnovers in 24 minutes. “I put in a lot of work over the summer and it’s paying off for me now,” he said. … The Huskies host Division II Concordia at 7 p.m. Monday at the XL Center in Hartford.