Freeman to remain with UConn men's basketball program

Published on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 20:28
Written by Neill Ostrout

Journal Inquirer

Although none of the assistant coaches who served under Kevin Ollie during his tenure will remain at UConn now that Dan Hurley has taken over, at least one man who had a similar job will stay with the Huskies.

Kevin Freeman, a former UConn forward who has been the program’s director of administration for the last seven years, will continue in that role under Hurley.

Hurley, who came to the Huskies from Rhode Island last month, will have Tom Moore, Kimani Young and Kenya Hunter as his assistant coaches.

A Springfield native, Freeman played UConn from 1996-2000, helping the Huskies win their first national title in 1999. He scored 1,476 points at UConn and pulled down 913 rebounds, the latter ranking him 8th in school history.

Freeman, 40, is responsible for coordinating all of the Huskies’ travel as well as practice schedules. He also serves as the liaison between the program and the university administration.

Golden opportunity

Bryce Golden, a 6-foot-9 forward from Winchester, Virginia who recently de-committed from Pittsburgh, revealed Monday that UConn could be in his plans.

The 230-pound forward at St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland, tweeted he is now considering UConn, Syracuse, Wichita State, Georgetown, Butler and Illinois.

Golden had signed with Pitt but was released from that commitment when the Panthers fired coach Kevin Stallings. Before committing to Pittsburgh, Golden was also considering N.C. State and Clemson, among others.

Future foes

UConn athletic director David Benedict, who stopped by the football team’s morning workout Tuesday, said that Hurley and he have already had discussions about scheduling games in the future against former Big East opponents.

The Huskies are scheduled to play Villanova next season at Madison Square Garden and are likely to match up with Syracuse as part of the 2K Classic as well. Benedict said games against Providence, St. John’s, and even Boston College, are likely to occur in the near future.

Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 20:28. Updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2018 20:31.