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UConn's Josh Carlton, Isaiah Whaley Primed For 'Homecoming Game' At ECU

UConn's Josh Carlton, Isaiah Whaley Primed For 'Homecoming Game' At ECU

Josh Carlton and Isaiah Whaley are returning to their roots on Sunday. And in North Carolina, basketball roots run deep and strong.

“It’s a hard place to make a name,” said Whaley, who comes from Gastonia, “because there are just so many people in North Carolina playing basketball. Really, trying to stand out more than everybody, that’s what really helped me during my time here.”

Though Whaley’s hometown and first high school, Ashbrook, is about 250 miles west of Greenville, he will have about 18 friends and family members at the Minges Coliseum, where UConn plays East Carolina on Sunday at 3 p.m. “This is as close as they can get to see me play,” Whaley said.

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