Thursday, September 5, 2013
Coach Profile: Kevin Ollie
The Good: He’s young, enthusiastic, and has a wealth of knowledge as a college and NBA player to lean on. With that background, Ollie can come up with a solution to any problem that can arise on the basketball court. He’s also proven that he can maximize the talent on his team which is the best asset that a coach can possess. He is also a great role model for today’s athlete. He didn’t have the pure athleticism nor opportunities that other players have had, but he did things the right way and earned his accolades through hard work, determination, and a humbling attitude.
The Bad: It is still unknown how Kevin Ollie will handle a team in the post season and a team expected to do well. Even the Hall of Fame coach had problems with teams expected to achieve great things. Even with some early success on the recruiting trail, Kevin Ollie hasn’t put together his own team yet and it will be interesting to see what type of players he brings in and how he can mold them into a team.
Looking Ahead: With last year behind them, it feels like a weight has been lifted off the shoulders of Kevin Ollie, but this year might be just as important. They will need to show the rest of the country and possible recruits that UConn and the AAC are still a viable option. The only way to do that is to go out and win games against elite competition. With a tough non-conference schedule, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so. If Ollie can get the same effort out of this team as he did last year and with an influx of experience and talent, this team is primed to challenge to win that first ever AAC title and earn a hefty seed in the NCAA tournament.