By Trevor Lowry @TheTrevorLowry on July 10, 2014
The Connecticut Huskies are coming off of a magical season where they won the NCAA tournament. Not many people could have guessed that entering 2013. Well, although the Huskies have gotten back onto the map in a big way, they will look much different in the upcoming season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five early predictions for the 2014-15 college basketball season.
Omar Calhoun had a great freshman season where he averaged 11.1 points per game. Unfortunately, he received way less playing time in year two and only put up 3.8 points per game. Calhoun is still a very talented player and he will become a scoring threat once again.
Rodney Purvis was the No. 20 ranked recruit in 2012, but he didn’t blow anyone away at North Carolina State. He averaged 8.3 points per game on 38.5 percent shooting from behind the arc in his freshman season with the Wolfpack. He hasn’t been on the court in a year, but he should have an instant impact for the defending national champs.
Ryan Boatright was great in the 2014 NCAA tournament and he will receive a bunch of hype in the 2014-15 season as a result. With Shabazz Napier gone, Boatright will be the go-to guy for the Huskies. Connecticut will also be in the national spotlight, which will lead to Boatright being a Naismith candidate all season long.
The Connecticut Huskies will probably be predicted by many to win the AAC. I can’t blame fans for thinking that. Kevin Ollie’s team is coming off of a national championship and his team will probably be ranked in the top 25 to start the new season. However, teams like SMU are bringing a bunch of talent back, and could steal the show in the AAC.
Connecticut is more than capable of making the NCAA tournament. Heck, they will probably earn a good seed as well. After all, they should be a great team and they will be playing in a conference that is losing a lot of talent (and Louisville). Regardless, the Huskies do not have their main man Shabazz Napier anymore and magical runs don’t happen on a yearly basis.
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