Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
UConn coach Kevin Ollie has a massive dilemma on his hands in regards to his center position.
It's not a decision between several qualified candidates, though. It's more a question of whether he'll have any qualified candidates left by the time the season starts.
Senior Tyler Olander (pictured) faces serious career jeopardy after two arrests in six months and remains on an indefinite suspension. The 6'9" Olander has been at least a part-time starter in each of his first three seasons, but has never averaged more than 4.3 points or 3.9 rebounds.
A 16-point, seven-board game against Notre Dame shows that Olander can perform when needed, but will he be allowed to this year?
(UPDATE: College Basketball Talk cites the New Haven Register's Dave Borges in a report of Olander's latest charge, a DUI, being dropped.)
Another 6'9" big man, Jamaican freshman Kentan Facey, is seeking to preserve his eligibility while the NCAA probes a standardized test he passed before leaving home for America. The NCAA considers the test an equivalent to high school graduation, and Facey's two years of prep ball at Long Island Lutheran may have started his "eligibility clock."
A worst-case scenario would force Facey to take a redshirt and lose two years of eligibility. According to former NCAA compliance officer John Infante's Bylaw Blog, Facey may lose one season regardless.
If the NCAA does not clear Facey, Ollie would be left with seldom-used sophomore Phil Nolan and another freshman import named Amida Brimah as his only post options—literally.
Nolan is a hustler with superb speed and agility for his 6'10" frame, but that frame also holds a mere 210 pounds. Brimah may stand 7'0" depending on how long it's been since his last haircut, but has played organized basketball for only three years since leaving his homeland of Ghana.
If neither can compete in the early going, Ollie may be forced into a four-guard lineup with 195-pound small forward DeAndre Daniels in the post. Such a lineup would face serious defensive struggles against bigger teams.