Run Like Hell
Here's how they finished:
1. Kyle Bailey, 21:12
2. Tyler Olander, 21:15
3. Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, 21:22
4. Shabazz Napier, 21:58
5. Alex Oriakhi, 22:10
6. Michael Bradley, 22:22
7. Charles Okwandu, 22:28
7. Roscoe Smith, 22:28
9. Kemba Walker, 23:44
10. Niels Giffey, 23:44
10. Jeremy Lamb, 23:44
The overall winner was a fella named Jim Rosenberger, who checked in at 17:22.
(We're hearing a few players may have cut a few corners, however)
***Jim Calhoun is not here today and isn't likely to be at Late Night Madness on Friday. He's hoping to return home late Friday night and be there for Saturday's first full practice.
***As of right now, the Huskies aren't expecting any recruits in the house on Friday night.
***We'll make too big a deal out of this, but it was impressive to see Kemba Walker stand on a stump just before the Husky Run began, get everyone's attention and thank all the fans and runners for coming out for the event. That's not something associate head coach George Blaney or anyone who's been around the program remembers any other player doing before. It does speak to his vocal leadership skills.
***Is this Walker's last season at UConn?
"Hopefully," he said, with a smile.
He doesn't mean that in a bad way, it's just that if his stock is impressive enough at the end of the season, he plans on doing the best thing for himself and his family and entering the NBA draft. But that's still a way's off.
***Donnell Beverly (hip surgery) didn't run on Friday, but he's been cleared to practice and has already been playing in pick-up games.
***Niels Giffey's parents, Frank and Christina, are here for a couple of weeks on vacation as their son adjusts to college life.
Check out the blog in a few hours for more, including video of Giffey and Walker talking about the upcoming season.