Say what you want about Storrs, Connecticut, but those folks sure love them some college hoops. In fact, both the men’s and the women’s programs have been dominant for longer than the dinosaurs roamed the Earth — so it is no wonder why they don’t mind investing in making sure their hoops programs stay on top by way of state-of-the-art practice facilities and whatnot.
Even after Jim Calhoun’s retirement, the men’s program found a hidden gem in Kevin Ollie. Ollie, despite the team playing under sanctions, did a great job of keeping the Connecticut Huskies in the national spotlight. Heck, the school could not even participate in postseason tournaments, but still managed to be one of the more major stories throughout the entire college hoops season.
Now, the university is set to break ground on building a brand-spanking new $35 million developmental arena. This is not a shock as a boosters, alum and the like have all helped set the pillars of what is certainly to be one of the best practice facilities in the nation.
The facility will not just have a court for the men and women to practice, but will also include locations for academic tutoring, video breakdown, sports medicine and strength training. Not too shabby for a “practice” gym.
All of the major players from the university is expected to be there for the ceremonial breaking of the ground. The building project gets underway this Tuesday with the university president and Kevin Ollie, among others, expected to attend.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone