No one can deny how good of a backcourt the Connecticut Huskies had last season and how good it will be in the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, this team’s frontcourt must improve and the incoming freshmen will help Connecticut be a complete team.
Kentan Facey could get quite a bit of playing time right off the bat since he is a four-star. ESPN has him ranked as the No. 98th recruit in the nation. Although he is not the highest rated recruit coming into college hoops, he is the highest rated for the Huskies in the upcoming season.
Facey stands at 6’9” and should help the team out in the rebounding department, which is dearly needed.
Connecticut averaged 33.1 rebounds per game, which ranked it 243rd in the nation in that department.
Another freshman forward that could see some playing time is Amida Brimah. He is only a three-star, according to ESPN. Brimah is 6’11”, so his height is a definite plus to the team.
We all know, or at least should know, the story about the backcourt. Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright return, who both averaged 15+ points per game last season. However, those two won’t be alone, which is a big reason why Connecticut will have some of the best guard play in the country.
An instant impact out of the incoming freshmen would be huge, but considering that neither forward is rated that high, it may take some time. However, that is just speculation.
Whether the case, Connecticut will go from a team that wasn’t even allowed to make the dance to a team that will compete for a national championship.