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Plenty Of Room For The Kids To Play

UConn

has six freshmen and a seventh, 7-foot-1 German center

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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

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A.J. Price
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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.

Point Guard

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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.

Shooting Guard

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.

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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.

Small Forward

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

.

Power Forward

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.

Center

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?

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