Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DeAndre Daniels "Probable"; Shabazz Napier to be Feted Friday Night

Wasn't able to get to practice today. Been under the weather since yesterday. Bit of a stomach bug. My daughter got hit with it Saturday night, now it's my turn. Wife and son appear to be next, just a matter of when.

Anyway, Kevin Ollie told the beat writers at practice that DeAndre Daniels is "probable" for UConn's next game. Apparently, he may have met its Feb. 6 game at Cincinnati, not Thursday's 9 p.m. bout with Houston. Ollie said that Daniels will be evaluated at Thursday afternoon's shootaround, at which time the decision will be made whether he can go. He hasn't practiced this week.

Omar Calhoun did practice today, apparently, and is good to go Thursday night.

*** After Thursday's game, UConn has a week off from game action. In fact, the Houston game is the Huskies' only game during a 12-day stretch.

The break will give UConn a chance to catch a breather from its grueling schedule, which usually sees a game every three or four days in league action. For Shabazz Napier, it'll give him a chance to head up to his high school alma mater, Charlestown High, where he will have his number retired on Friday night.

Of course, it won't be the actual number (35) Napier wore for three seasons at Charlestown. He wore No. 13 and 15 there, according to coach Edson Cardoso, but No. 13 is already retired. So, they decided to mix the two numbers and came up with No. 35.

Napier played three years at Charlestown, then two years at Lawrence Academy (though he returned to Charlestown late in the 2010 academic year to graduate from the school).


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