STORRS – Sam Cassell Jr. finished a workout with his teammates, took a seat on a pristine couch in the players' lounge and clicked off the big-screen TV. The Werth Family Center has been open at UConn for a year, but it still seems so new.
Cassell, too. He's about to start his second season with the UConn basketball team, but figures to be a brand new player.
"I'm extra hungry," he said. "I'm just ready — ready to show everybody who I really am."
The pain in his right leg, which started out as a knot and a burning sensation and kept getting worse, made it impossible for Cassell to play to his capabilities last season, and by the end of...