Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Roscoe Likely No-Go vs. AIC

Here's a bit of what Andre LaFleur told reporters today before practice, regarding tomorrow night's season-opening exhibition bout with AIC (7:30 p.m. start).

***Roscoe Smith has tweaked his left ankle will be a "game-time decision" tomorrow night, according to LaFleur. Sounds like Smith won't be playing, but the injury is "nothing serious," the coach added.

***No word on the starting lineup. Kemba Walker and Alex Oriakhi seem like givens, and Charles Okwandu would appear likely since Jim Calhoun often favors seniority in these early exhibition games.

***Donnell Beverly has been back on the practice floor after suffering an ankle injury and should be ready to go tomorrow.

***Jeremy Lamb may see some time at point guard this season, according to LaFleur.

***Don't put too much stock in stats and results from tomorrow night's game. Don't forget, when the Huskies played AIC last Nov. 4 in their exhibition opener, Oriakhi had 16 points and 16 boards.

"We thought we had the second coming of Dennis Rodman on the boards," LaFleur noted.

It didn't exactly pan out that way the rest of the season, however.

***AIC freshman guard Janek Schmidkunz hails from Berlin and played on the same ALBA Berlin team that Niels Giffey played on last year. In fact, LaFleur saw Schmidkunz hit 6-of-6 3-pointers in a game while he was recruiting Giffey.

***Some local flavor on the AIC roster: Jason Perrier, a 6-3 freshman guard, and Braxton Gardner, a 6-5 redshirt frosh guard, each hail from Bridgeport. Mark Ellis, a 6-6 freshman forward, is from Stamford.

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