UConn men's basketball junior Adams coy about plans for next season

Published on Thursday, 1 March 2018 20:39
Written by Neill Ostrout

Journal Inquirer

STORRS - The UConn men’s basketball team honored one of its junior players as a departing senior before Wednesday’s game against Temple, but the Huskies’ “other” junior says he plans on returning for another year.

Terry Larrier is forgoing his final season to turn pro after this season ends, but teammate Jalen Adams, UConn’s leading scorer, says he’s not planning to do the same - as of now.

“Nah, I’m not focused on that at all,” Adams said after leading UConn to a 72-66 win over Temple. “As of right now I’m a junior. I look forward to playing the rest of the season, and getting ready over the summer for next season.”

Adams said it never crossed his mind that Wednesday might be his final game in Gampel Pavilion. “No, not at all. I just wanted to get the win for our seniors and send them off the right way,” Adams said.

Making Noyes

Larrier expects to play basketball professionally. Some of the other Huskies who played their final home game Wednesday night hope to, as well.

For Mike Noyes, the 6-foot Granby native who has spent the past four years as a walk-on and practice player with the Huskies, that isn’t really an option.

But he still wants to be involved with basketball. Noyes has a job lined up as an actuary with The Hartford, but is still hoping to use his analytic skills in the game he loves. “Ideally I could get into the NBA somehow or even college basketball. Hopefully this isn’t the end of basketball for me. I love the game,” Noyes said.

Record intact

St. Joseph’s surprising 78-48 win Tuesday night over No. 17 Rhode Island was a stunner in many ways. And, coincidentally, it nearly broke a 24-year-old record held by UConn.

St. Joe’s win represented the second-largest margin of victory by an unranked road team over a top-25 ranked home team since the rankings expanded in 1988.

The record for largest margin of victory by an unranked road team still belongs to the Huskies. Back on Nov. 29, 1993, a UConn team led by then-junior point guard Kevin Ollie won 77-36 at No. 12 Virginia.

As for the Rams, URI coach Danny Hurley took to Twitter after the game and apologized for the Rams’ performance. “Sorry Rhody!” Hurley wrote. “Our fans and our seniors deserved better tonight. This one is on me as the leader of this outstanding team.”

Then-Virginia coach Jeff Jones made a similar apology back in 1993 for his team’s blowout loss. “I want to apologize to everybody who was here tonight for having to sit through something like that,” Jones said.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, UConn on Thursday, 1 March 2018 20:39. Updated: Thursday, 1 March 2018 20:41.