Annual Husky run marks unofficial start to UConn season

UConn freshman forward Josh Carlton, center, leads the Huskies, including coach Kevin Ollie, far left, on the team's Husky Run in Storrs, Conn. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The annual 5K marks the end of summer workouts and the unofficial start to the basketball season. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) The UConn’s men’s basketball team ended its summer workouts and unofficially began the new basketball season Wednesday by completing the annual Husky run through campus.

Walk-on guard Michael Noyes, a graduate student, was the first member of the team to complete the annual course of just over 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). He finished the race in 22 minutes and 9 seconds, a minute ahead of freshman Isiah Whaley

Coach Kevin Ollie, who is 44 years old, came next at 23:48, something he says his players will hear about when practice officially starts on Saturday.

Ollie also addressed the current scandal surrounding college basketball, saying he’s proud to be recruiting kids who want to come to UConn, not ”guys who maybe got bought.”

The Huskies have eight new players joining a team that went 16-17 last season.