Olander commits to UConn
Updated: March 26, 2010, 10:51 AM ETBy Adam Finkelstein
The last five players to hold down the power forward position for the University of Connecticut -- Kevin Freeman, Hilton Armstong, Josh Boone, Jeff Adrien, Gavin Edwards -- have been traditional power forwards whose games have been based on the interior. On Wednesday, UConn received a commitment from local talent Tyler Olander (Storrs, Conn./E.O. Smith), a 6-foot-9 four-man who is anything but a prototypical power forward. Instead, the long lefty represents the new breed of face-up, four-man who has the size of a traditional power forward, but is much more comfortable facing the basket from the perimeter than playing with his back to it on the block. This is not that surprising because the college game has been evolving away from the power forward position for several years. More and more teams are electing to play with four perimeter players around a single post. The fact that UConn, a high-major program traditionally built around NBA-style quick-hitters, is now giving into this growing trend serves as proof of the evolution of the college game. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of low- to mid-major teams anywhere in the country who play with two low post players at the same time. Even at the high-major levels, the majority of teams are now utilizing the perimeter four much more than they are a traditional power forward.
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