UConn has six freshmen and a seventh, 7-foot-1 German center Enosch Wolf, will join the team Dec. 17. The last time the Huskies had so many new faces was in 2006-07. That season, the Huskies had no upperclassmen and seven freshmen (eight newcomers because rookie A.J. Price was a sophomore). UConn finished 17-14 and missed the postseason for the first time in 20 years.
A look at how the newcomers impacted each position on the 2006-07 team and how they might impact each position on the 2010-11 team.
2006-07: A.J. Price was coming off a two-year hiatus for medical and legal issues and was clearly rusty. He had support in sophomore Craig Austrie and freshman Doug Wiggins. All three shared point duties, mostly Price and Austrie.
2010-11: Kemba Walker will start at the point and play the most minutes, though he will also work off the ball. There will be support in senior Donnell Beverly and freshman Shabazz Napier. Perhaps Napier can be to Walker what Walker as a freshman was to senior Price in 2008-09.
2006-07: Jerome Dyson was in a unique position in that he was essentially handed the keys to the offense as a freshman. He averaged a team-high 13.8 points.
2010-11: Freshman Jeremy Lamb, particularly after scoring 17 points in UConn's final exhibition, is the front-runner to earn the most minutes here. Fellow freshmen Napier and Niels Giffey, as well as Walker when another player runs the point, will see time.
2006-07: Freshman Stanley Robinson and sophomore Marcus Johnson split time, combining to average 10.6 points.
2010-11: Freshmen Giffey and Roscoe Smith will see minutes, as will sophomore Jamal Coombs-McDaniel.
2006-07: Jeff Adrien, then a sophomore, was the man at this position, with help behind him from freshmen Curtis Kelly and, to a lesser extent, Gavin Edwards.
2010-11: Freshman Tyler Olander started both exhibitions at power forward but this is wide open. Olander will see minutes. So will Smith and Coombs-McDaniel.
2006-07: Hasheem Thabeet, raw as he was, anchored the middle as a freshman.
2010-11: Sophomore Alex Oriakhi and senior Charles Okwandu own the position, but the most intriguing development could be the December arrival of the 7-1 Wolf. Can Wolf, said to be raw, make an immediate impact and lighten the load on Oriakhi and Okwandu?Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times