A closer look at
Pluses: Power and size. Oriakhi, the team's second-leading rebounder last season, has experience and a tremendous offseason of training under his belt. A strong rebounder who knows the system. Has a nice touch and will be encouraged to shoot more.
Minuses: Oriakhi has a lot to prove offensively, and he'll have a great challenge in that many teams may double-team him. His ball-handling and finishing moves must improve.
Pluses: Seems to do a lot of things pretty well, from being smart on defense to being able to score from the outside. Olander gives UConn a new look with an ability to be a flash-out power forward. Has good court awareness and the size and muscle to rebound effectively.
Minuses: Needs to work on low-post moves. Being inexperienced, he'll likely have ups and downs against the bigger, stronger players in the
Pluses: Size. Okwandu gives UConn the look
is used to -- a towering center anchoring the paint and protecting the basket. Okwandu is also UConn's best passing big man, able to look over defenses and find open teammates.
Minuses: Okwandu remains a very raw player. His struggles include post moves, ball-handling and, most damaging, a tendency to foul. Okwandu can't help if he's not on the floor, and he had twice as many fouls as rebounds last season.
Pluses: Versatility. Bradley is said to be able to do a lot of things and moves well on the court. It remains to be seen, however, how many of those things he can do at a Big East level.
Minuses: Another very raw player, so much so that he is likely to redshirt this season to focus on the strengthening aspect and a challenging course load that comes with being a pharmaceutical major.
Pluses: Size and versatility. Wolf gives UConn another body that makes the roster look more like it usually does, and being from Germany, he brings a European style that encourages post players to work from the outside as well as near the basket.