Funny, isn't it? Sometimes, the further you are from a story the closer you're able to get to it.
Such was the case when we checked out a blog post from University of Connecticut men's basketball beat writer Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant. He recently talked with coach Jim Calhoun about that one-game suspension served by East Aurora's Ryan Boatright earlier this week and reported on the Huskie recruit:
...Calhoun didn't offer many details on the incident other than to say he had spoken to Jeffries and is not concerned. The incident that led to the suspension is said to have followed a frustrating, upset loss to Metea Valley last Saturday.
"He's a really talkative, out-going kid -- smile, personality, all that," Calhoun said. "But somethimes with that, maybe the coach sometimes doesn't want to hear your answer. Maybe he wants to hear nothing. I don't know all the circumstances. I've talked to the coach. I really like Ryan. I'm more concerned that he continues to work hard on his grades. He's been admitted, but he has to (qualify) when it's all said and done."
Calhoun then described Boatright, comparing him to a player on his current roster:
"Shabazz (Napier) with almost more zip. It's hard to think of that."
Napier is a 6-foot, 170-pound freshman guard out of Charlestown (Mass.) High School who has come off the bench in all 19 UConn games this season. He's averaged 23.6 minutes, 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists.