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Olander reinstated to UConn men's basketball team

Connecticut Post
Updated 9:15 pm, Thursday, October 3, 2013

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  • Connecticut's Tyler Olander, right, scores over Cincinnati's Justin Jackson during the second half of Connecticut's 73-66 overtime victory in an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham) Photo: Fred Beckham, Associated Press / FR153656 AP
    Connecticut's Tyler Olander, right, scores over Cincinnati's Justin Jackson during the second half of Connecticut's 73-66 overtime victory in an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham) Photo: Fred Beckham, Associated Press

 

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STORRS -- UConn senior center Tyler Olander has been reinstated to the men's basketball team a little more than a week after drunken driving charges against him were dropped.

The 6-foot-10 forward practiced with the Huskies on Thursday afternoon.

Olander was pulled over while driving a friend's car just after 11 p.m. on Sept. 7. A motorist reported he was making "several jerky steering maneuvers" near the UConn campus in Storrs.

An officer on the scene arrested Olander after he failed a field sobriety test, but two breath tests showed he was not drunk.

Olander pleaded guilty to driving without a license and was fined $75 as part of a plea deal.

UConn coach Kevin Ollie said he's been impressed by Olander's recent behavior.

"Tyler has demonstrated to me an added level of responsibility and maturity," 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 had a rather disappointing junior season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds and starting 26 games. He did have a breakout game in a 65-58 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 12, scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

His presence is important to UConn because of what appears to be a rather thin Huskies' front line.