From The Dream Season to the Hungry Huskies, more than three dozen players and coaches from various UConn men’s basketball teams will gather at Mohegan Sun Arena Friday night for Jim Calhoun’s Charity All-Star Classic.
Some names listed on the tentative roster: Andre Drummond, Kemba Walker, Ray Allen, Rudy Gay, Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Shabazz Napier, DeAndre Daniels, Khalid El-Amin, Jeremy Lamb, Donny Marshall, Donyell Marshall, Rod Sellers and Lasan Kromah.
From the Dream Season, the first UConn team to make a long NCAA Tournament run for Calhoun in 1990: Scott Burrell and Lyman DePriest.
One team will be coached by Howie Dickenman, former UConn assistant and longtime Central coach. Tom Moore, formerly on Calhoun’s staff and now coach at Quinnipiac, will coach the other. Kevin Ollie and George Blaney plan to assist Dickenman. Moore will have UConn’s current assistants on his bench.
The event raises money for the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiac Research Center at UConn.
All four UConn championship trophies will be at Mohegan Sun and fans will have the opportunity to have pictures taken with them.
Tickets range from $12 to $28 and are available at ticketmaster.com or the Mohegan Sun box office. For more information go to www.calhounallstargame.com.
More UConn Notes
Omar Calhoun had a tough sophomore season for the Huskies after having surgery on both hips in the spring of 2013. He lost his starting slot and played very little in the NCAA Tournament. Ollie is anticipating a comeback from Calhoun. “He’s healthy, springy, even more explosive,” Ollie said. “He’s shooting the ball great, in workouts he is leading, working hard. I expect some great things for him this season. Him not giving up, staying with the team throughout his battles, not shooting the ball well, he never gave in, he was always a great teammate. That’s what I really, really enjoyed seeing because a lot of kids give up in certain situations like that, when it gets tough. It shows me that he‘s got a mind-set that he’s going to be a team player and he’s going to get better from that.” … The Raptors signing of Lucas Nogueira this week filled their roster to 15, which could leave DeAndre Daniels, picked 37th in the draft, in limbo. The Raptors have until Sept. 6 to tender Daniels an offer. A likely scenario is that Toronto will help Daniels get a contract overseas and retain his rights. … Tyler Olander (Lithuania) and Niels Giffey (Germany) have signed to play in Europe.