UConn released a statement: "While the condition was not severe enough to warrant surgery during the season, following a recent MRI, it was determined that it would be the best course of treatment to fully alleviate the problem."
Brimah, a 7-foot center, had a promising freshman season and made the American Athletic Conference all-rookie team. He played in all 40 games, starting 17 and averaging 16 minutes, 4.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. He shot 64 percent from the floor, and his 92 blocks were second in the conference.
During the NCAA Tournament, Brimah completed a three-point play in the final minute to tie the score in the second-round game with St. Joseph's, which the Huskies won in OT.
But Brimah's shoulder bothered him throughout the season. Brimah and the medical staff considered options to rehab or strengthen the shoulder, but decided this week that surgery was the way to go.
The surgery will be performed at the UConn Health Center.
It will cost him valuable summer playing time — the offseason between freshman and sophomore years are important in the development of young but raw players. Losing the summer was considered costly for guard Omar Calhoun, who had hip surgery last spring and had a difficult sophomore season.
Brimah will be able to keep his legs in shape and work with his feet before his rehab is completed, roughly in August.
Duke In December
With UConn and Duke close to finalizing plans for a game at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., in December, another challenging nonconference schedule is taking shape for the Huskies. Details for the game, such as ticket allotment, need to be worked out, but to get to this point took some creativity.
When the possibility of playing Duke arose, UConn was committed to playing at Stanford on Dec. 17 to complete the home-and-home series that began at the XL Center this past season. Stanford was willing to consider postponing the Huskies' visit for a year, but that changed when UConn won the national title and became a bigger draw. Other options were explored and it appeared until this week that UConn-Duke would be scrubbed. But UConn, Stanford, the American Athletic Conference and the Pac 12 agreed to arrange bye periods in the conference schedules to allow UConn to make its trip and play at Stanford in mid-January, just before the spring semester. That should allow enough time to recover from jet lag.
Tentatively, UConn's plans are to open the season with home games against Bryant and Yale in mid-November, then go to Puerto Rico for the Tip-Off tournament Nov. 20-23, where possible opponents include Dayton, Boston College, West Virginia, George Mason, Texas A&M, New Mexico and the College of Charleston.
UConn will host Texas at the end of November, and the Duke game will be just before Christmas. The Huskies play Central in late December and the rematch with Florida in Gainesville will be in early January. UConn has two dates to fill in early December to complete the 30-game schedule.
UConn has proposed a doubleheader, including the women's team, for one of the New York arenas, and is also interested in home-and-home series with a power-conference opponent that would include both the men's and women's teams. Both play Duke and Stanford next season, but the dates don't work for a twinbill, so neither proposal will work for next season. UConn is also interested in playing former Big East rivals and would love to stage an annual game against Syracuse at Madison Square Garden, but that is unlikely for next season.
The Huskies, despite a 26-8 record, were a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, an indication of the need for AAC teams to beef up their nonleague schedules.
Fenway Bleacher Creatures
The UConn players sat in the center field bleachers for the Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway on Tuesday, which was fun until it started raining. Players posed for pictures and were treated warmly by fans of both teams. … Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels have until Sunday at midnight to enter the NBA draft. … Leon Tolksdorf, who played in 13 games for a total of 47 minutes, met with coaches this week and is said to be considering a transfer to a mid-major where he might play more. … UConn coaches have been making in-home visits to big men Jessie Govan in New York, Diamond Stone in Milwaukee and guard Malik Newman in Mississippi (where Kevin Ollie was Tuesday when the team was at Fenway). All are four- or five-star recruits in the Class of 2015. … UConn is awaiting national letters of intent from 2014 commits Daniel Hamilton and Rakim Lubin.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun