Updated: Monday, 22 Feb 2010, 12:21 AM EST
Published : Monday, 22 Feb 2010, 12:11 AM EST
Storrs, Conn. (WTNH) - The UConn men's struggles appear to have come to an end. The Huskies are starting to look like the team Jim Calhoun envisioned at the start of the year. To keep it going, Connecticut needs the young guys to continue to develop; guys like Alex Oriahki and Jamal Coombs McDaniel.
Alex Oriakhi. Jamal Coombs McDaniel. These two could have their own TV show. And, if there would be a TV title most fitting, perhaps it'd be called "Growing Pains" which might best describe their freshman season.
Since day one, the match made in Massachusetts knew they weren't in high school anymore.
"First practice was crazy," Coombs McDaniel said. "It's not getting easier but getting use to it."
Oriahki and Coombs McDaniel came to UConn as a package deal. Coach Jim Calhoun landed them on the same visit.
"We sat down in his office in front of our family and everything," said Oriahki. "He offered us a scholarship and he said you can take it now our we are going to recruit other people. Jamal was like 'I want to commit' and I was like 'I want to commit too.'"
Even though their college season hasn't been easy, Oriahki said it's all about keeping a positive attitude.
"We're at UConn now and no one said it was going to be easy; if it was easy, everyone would be making it. So we basically just keep each other up when things are not going good," he said.