They come from as close as New York and Boston, as far away as Alaska. They arrived at Storrs from elite prep schools, public high schools, junior colleges, and major Division I programs. One is from an Ivy League institution.
There are true freshmen, 18 years old, and a 23-year-old playing at a four-year college for the first time.
This is the UConn men’s basketball team. The common ground is they all came, all eight newcomers and five returning players, with something to prove — to a program in need of proving itself all over again.
“When we all have one goal, that’s to put another banner on the board, that’s going to allow us to come together,” said Antwoine Anderson,...