Kentan Facey cleared by NCAA to play for UConn men this season.
STORRS: Since the first day his team hit the practice floor at Gampel, UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has been stressing his teams need to dominate glass on both ends of the court.
Rebounding had been a bone of contention for the Huskies a year ago when the finished with a surprising 20-10 record.
The team’s prospects for a better presence underneath just got bolstered when the NCAA granted a waiver to incoming freshman Kentan Facey, whose eligibility was being looked at since he moved from Jamaica to Long Island.
Facey played at Long Island Lutheran the past two years and was the New York State Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012-2013, a year in which he averaged 14.8 points, 13 boards and 4.5 blocks per game.
“I am so pleased and excited that everything has worked out for this outstanding young man,” Ollie said Friday. “It’s great to see him go through this situation and persevere. He just kept working very hard and believed in our university.”
Facey has been practicing with the Huskies throughout the pre-season.
“I can’t say enough about what a model Student-athlete Kentan has been in spite of the situation he was facing,” Ollie said. “He never let circumstances distract from his positive image of himself and that’s just a testament to his strong character. We are very excited that he will be with us this year and beyond.”
UConn has a terrific perimeter with Shabazz Nappier and Ryan Boatright but needed help for DeAndre Daniels and Tyler Olander on the front line.
Sophomore Phillip Nolan and freshman Amida Brimah will battle with Facey for playing time.