"Tyler has demonstrated to me an added level of responsibility and maturity," coach Kevin Ollie said. "His time management has been outstanding, his academic work has been excellent. We have spoken at length and I thought it was time that he be given the chance to rejoin his teammates."
Olander, a 6-foot-10 senior from Mansfield and UConn's starting center most of last season, was pulled over and arrested on Sept. 14. Breathalyzer tests showed he was not legally drunk, but on Sept, 23 he pleaded guilty to driving without a license and paid a $75 fine.
"I hope people don't see this as a reflection of who I am," Olander said as he left Superior Court in Rockville that day. "I hope they see I'm a good kid. I've just made some mistakes, as everybody does."
In March he was arrested for trespassing during spring break in Florida, eventually paying a $280 fine and performing community service.
Olander was suspended from the team after his arrest and Ollie said last week he was "evaluating him each and every day" regarding his academic work and his behavior.
On Sept. 23 Olander said he would "be grateful for the opportunity" to return to the team.
Teammates have been supportive. On Sept. 25, captain Shabazz Napier said he thought Olander had made a good choice, driving a friend's car because the people with him were not fit to drive.
Olander, who spent the spring and summer recovering from a broken foot and surgery just after the season, is now back to begin his senior season and looks to improve on his numbers of last season, 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.