UConn forward returns to practice following arrest
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 00:10
UConn senior forward Tyler Olander has been reinstated to the men’s basketball team, per a release by the university.
Olander was suspended following an arrest on Sept. 7, when the Mansfield native was charged with driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle in violation of license classification.
The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to driving without a license, for which he paid a $75 fine. The other two charges were dropped during an appearance in Rockville Superior Court on Sept. 24.
This was Olander’s second brush with the law in 2013. Olander was arrested in Panama City, Fla., when he refused to leave private property when asked by police. The arrest in March resulted in Ollie stripping Olander of his captaincy and barred him from practicing with his teammates.
After being reinstated, Olander was able to practice with the men’s basketball team for the first time on Thursday.
“Tyler has demonstrated to me an added level of responsibility and maturity,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “His time management has been outstanding, his academic work has been excellent. We have spoken at length and I thought it was time that he be given the chance to rejoin his teammates.”
Olander’s return provides UConn with needed depth in the frontcourt, adding the senior to a core that includes senior Niels Giffey, junior DeAndre Daniels, sophomores Phil Nolan and Leon Tolksdorf along with freshman Amida Brimah.
UConn is also hoping to have freshman Kentan Facey available for the 2013-14 season, but his eligibility is currently under investigation by the NCAA.