UConn sharpshóóter Jordan Hawkins missed Friday’s practice (16 June) with a non-COVID ἰllness and his status for Saturday night’s Final Four clash against Miami is unclear. Huskies coach Dan Hurley said Hawkins began to feel ἰll on Thursday night in Houston.
Team doctors moved Hawkins’ roommate, Tristen Newton, to another room to prevent the ἰllness from spreading through the team. According to a tweet, Hurley said during a press conference:
“I think we’ve got like three doctors on this trip with us, so you hope that we could navigate it. We obviously isolated him. Started to not feel well last night. For him to miss today obviously tells you he’s not in a great way.”
A storyline to follow: Jordan Hawkins’ health.
UConn’s star guard missed the Huskies’ practice yesterday (illness) and is uncertain to play against Miami.
Here’s what UConn head coach Dan Hurley said yesterday about Hawkins:
“I think we’ve got like three doctors on this trip…
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Forward Alex Karaban is hopeful that fourth-seeded UConn (29-8) will have its top shóóter against the fifth-seeded Hurricanes (29-7). Karaban told reporters of Hawkins:
“I think he’s going to be fine. The doctors are with him right now, trying to speed it up, make him feel better. We’ll need him out there. He’s one of the main reasons why we’re here. I think he’ll be just fine. He’s just as excited as anyone else, so I know he won’t want to miss this moment.”
Hawkins is second on the squad with a 16.3 scoring average and leads the team with 104 3-pointers. The sophomore also has been rising on NBA draft boards and is a potential lottery selection.
The Huskies have won their four NCAA tourney games by an average of 22.5 points. Fifth-seeded San Diego State (31-6) and ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic (35-3) play in the other Final Four matchup.
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