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For Uconn Another Final Four Lies In Hands Of Highly Touted Freshmen

DETROIT - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies moves the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Ford Field on April 4, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Robert BContributor INovember 6, 2009

  This college basketball season is ready to start for Connecticut Huskies, a team with many question marks but with so much potential.  Losing AJ Price, Hasheem Thabeet, Jeff Adrien, and Craig Austrie this team did lose a lot from last years final four team, but they bring back solid core lead by Seniors Stanley Robinson, Jerome Dyson, and Gavin Edwards to go along with star point guard Kemba Walker.  Head Coach Jim Calhoun brings in a highly touted recruiting class lead by high school teammates Alex Oriakhi and Jamal Coombs-Mcdaniel.  One question is how will this team replace  star center Hasheem Thabeet?  For the first half of the season it seems a big load will be put on Oriakhi until Ater Majok becomes eligible.  Also Coombs-Mcdaniel, freshman Jamal Trice, and freshman Jamal Trice will be counted on to provide solid depth off the bench for Uconn.  With a good amount of pressure being put on these freshmen can they step up and replace the stars Uconn lost or will they fall, and perhaps be the reason Uconn may struggle this year.  This team is really hard to figure out they could be a final four team or they could struggle and get knocked out early in the NCAA's.  If Oriakhi can live up to the hype this team will have no concerns about the starting five, but when you look at Uconn's bench there is not one player you can say with no doubt in your mind that Uconn can count on that kid for consistent minutes.  Coombs-Mcdaniel is very highly touted a combo guard more of slasher and needs to work on the jumper, he needs to come and provide the minutes Craig Austrie provided last year for Uconn if he can I see this team going very far this season possible Final Four but if he doesn't they may struggle.  With a tough schedule playing Kentucky, Texas, Villanova, WVU, Louisville, and Georgetown these Freshman should have their moments but also should have their growing struggles.  But Jim Calhoun knows if his highly touted recruiting class does not live up to the hype than this Uconn basketball team will not achieve their goal of reaching another Final Four this season.

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