Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Art Quimby Passes Away

The UConn program received some sad news on Tuesday: Art Quimby, UConn's all-time leading rebounder, has passed away. Quimby played at UConn from 1951-55 and snared 1,716 rebounds over his career for a 21.5 per game average. His 24.4 boards per game in 1955 remains the all-time record for a senior.

"They are numbers that are inconceivable today and still make him among the best rebounders in the history of the college game," Jim Calhoun said. "I was fortunate to get to know Art Quimby in my time here at Connecticut, and not only was he a great player, but he was an even better person and ambassador for the state of Connecticut and Connecticut basketball."

Quimby was named to UConn's all-century team in 2001 and to the UConn Huskies of Honor in 2007.

***This may qualify as the world's worst segue, but the Huskies will also welcome an addition to their program over the next 8-10 days.

Enosch Wolf, a 7-foot German product, should start practicing with the Huskies some time between Dec. 16-19 and be available to play in the Dec. 20 game against Coppin State. While Wolf has put on some additional pounds over the past few months and is still trying to get back into shape, his size alone should help a UConn front line that's already second in the nation in blocked shots.

"There will be a lot of adjustments for him to make," Calhoun said. "My expectations are, let's see what he does in practice and we'll go from there – just like everybody else, except I hope and expect his learning curve to be better. He's played a lot of basketball. The kid I saw play is a very smart basketball player, and he is big."

***Calhoun has apparently caught Fiesta Bowl fever.

After the Huskies' New Year's Eve bout with South Florida in Hartford, Calhoun is hoping to jet out to Arizona early on New Year's Day to catch the Husky football team's showdown with Oklahoma. The 25th-year head basketball coach is so excited about the gridders' success, he's even referring to the team as "we."

"Twenty-five years ago, I would have never expected this," Calhoun said on Tuesday. "I didn't expect it when we first joined the Big East. With schools like Pittsburgh and West Virginia, I thought it would be very, very difficult to do that. And we did it."

***What to expect from FDU tomorrow night? Zone, baby, zone. The 3-3 Knights, who gave NC State a run for its money (77-67) but barely beat Central Connecticut (48-46), seem to employ nothing but zone defense: 2-3 matchup, 1-2-2, straight 2-3.

If nothing else, it'll be a chance for the Huskies to see how their offense can operate against a zone.

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