- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Lasan Kromah originally told George Washington he was returning as soon as the season ended. And then in late April he met with GW coach Mike Lonergan and athletic director Patrick Nero in late April and said he was leaving (once he earned his degree). He ended up landing at UConn Tuesday, where he’ll play for Kevin Ollie and former GW coach Karl Hobbs. Kromah was Hobbs’ best player when he was the head coach. As a freshman Kromah averaged 11.8 points a game, led the team in 3s (48) and had 62 steals. Kromah then injured his left foot and missed his sophomore season. The Huskies expect Kromah to be that seasoned, versatile guard who can create his own shot. He’s a decent 3-point shooter and has good size for a defender. Adding Kromah means the Huskies are even deeper in the backcourt with Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier and Omar Calhoun. The Huskies should be the top challenger to Louisville in the American Conference next season and a legit Top 25 contender. GW added Indiana transfer Maurice Creek to offset the Kromah departure.
2. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he went with a different approach since he had so many new freshmen in summer school. Instead of using the team workouts with the newcomers like he did last year, he is focusing on individual workouts to improve the skill level before the team starts to learn the dribble-drive offense. “It may hurt us early in the season but it will help us later,’’ said Calipari. Kentucky will play Michigan State in the Champions Classic on Nov. 12 in a matchup between two of the top 5 teams in the country. The Wildcats have eight newcomers next season.
3. Pitt guard James Robinson was a surprise cut of the final U-19 FIBA USA roster after winning gold in Brazil last year under Florida coach Billy Donovan. But he was a late add to the roster and flown to Prague to replace Syracuse’s Jerami Grant, who was suffering from mono. This could turn out to be a critical three weeks for Robinson heading into the season. Pitt will need Robinson to be an anchor for the Panthers, who join the ACC. Having the experience of competing against some of the best players in the world in his age group should be immeasurable for Robinson.