By Ken Cross
Like any young college basketball star, sitting and watching his UConn Huskies play basketball and struggle for much of last season was tough on star guard Alterique Gilbert. Two shoulder dislocations in the last 18 months sidelined one of college basketball’s most exciting talents; the latest coming in the Huskies’ third game of last season which was a 65-62 win at Loyola Marymount.
Huskies coach Kevin Ollie is ecstatic to have Gilbert and last year’s leading scorer in Jalen Adams on the floor at the same time as he was talking about the option of having those two guards in the backcourt.
— Jalen Adams (@JalenAdams25) September 14, 2017
“We can both start the offense, we can both score, both facilitate,” Adams told the Hartford Courant, “Coach Ollie loves playing with two dynamic guards. I’d definitely take our backcourt versus anyone in the country.”
Ollie notes that Gilbert has to be able to handle the mental process of taking a hit and he said that so far Gilbert has done a good job of compartmentalizing and getting back up and continuing from where he was in the process of practice.