"There will be a couple of changes to the roster mandated by our performance, mandated by our inadequacies, mandated by some kids who probably deserve to get a chance maybe at a different level," Calhoun said.That could be roughly translated to, "If you stay, I will bury you so deep on the bench the towel boy will have a better seat." That would explain why UConn has been hot on the trail of at least 3 possible recruits who could help them next year.
"There are some guys on our team who could have very successful careers maybe at a different level," Calhoun said. "They're young and this would be a good time for them to at least think about what their future is, and I'll be very honest with each and every one of them."
Hasheem Thabeet may or may not turn pro -- though, considering how far his stock as fallen -- it seems less likely. One freshman on the team has gotten the message and will go. Ben Eaves has decided to transfer. He played a total of 25 minutes last season and scored 1 point. Naturally, Jim Calhoun was saddened by this.
"Ben and I met this week and he let me know that he has decided to continue his college career at another institution," coach Jim Calhoun said in a statement. "While I am sad to see Ben leave, I completely understand his feelings and will do everything I can to help him transfer to a school where he can enjoy the best experience for him as a student and as a basketball player. I wish him nothing but good luck in the future."I'm glad he released that as a statement, I'm not sure he could have kept a straight face if he had tried to say it publicly.