Wolf Healthy and Headed Home

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STORRS – Enosch Wolf says it will be an honor to represent Connecticut and UConn basketball in the Armed Forces Classic Friday night in his homeland of Germany. But, quite honestly, it was simply a relief that he could get on the plane and join his teammates in a flight to Frankfort International Airport on Tuesday.

Doctors have been watching Wolf closely since he suffered a concussion during practice on Oct. 19 and the thought crossed his mind that he might not be able to travel or play at Ramstein Air Base.

Wolf, a 7-foot-1 junior from Goettingen, Germany, took an inadvertent elbow from freshman Omar Calhoun in practice that day and UConn's medical staff had to handle the situation with great caution since it was the third concussion in the past year for Wolf.

After he was held out of UConn's first exhibition on Nov. 1, Wolf was cleared to practice two days later and played 10 minutes in UConn's 100-62 victory over UMass Lowell on Sunday. The next day, after practice at Gampel Pavilion, Wolf said he is feeling much better.

"The doctor told me that even though the concussion itself wasn't doing too bad, just [the fact] that it is the third in 10 months is really concerning," Wolf said. "He made it clear to me that it was really, really a serious issue.

"The first couple of days I was feeling a little down that, yeah I might not be able to play this game. But then they told me sit out the first one, you might play a little the second exhibition game, and you should definitely be fine. I listened to what they told me, as hard as it was."

Wolf said his parents live about 3 ½ hours from the air base, but he has many friends and family members within one or two hours driving time. He has requested nearly 30 tickets for family and friends.

"Just getting a chance to play in front of my family and friends," Wolf said when asked what he's looking forward to most. "I haven't been able to the last two year and I'm not going to be able to play in front them the next two years."

Against UMass Lowell, Wolf made his only field goal attempt, finished with two points, and had two rebounds in his 10 minutes.

In so many ways this is a trip about honoring the troops at the base and showing gratitude through a basketball game that should entertain those so far from home. The irony for UConn is that Wolf is one of three players on the roster from Germany. Junior Niels Giffey and freshman Leon Tolksdorf are both from Berlin.

UConn's other players are accustomed to playing in front of family and friends. Wolf doesn't think the rare opportunity in Germany will be a distraction for him, Giffey or Tolksdorf.

"I don't think so," he said. "Once I get on the court, the world ends for me on the sideline. It's out of bounds. I try to just block it out."

Here are some more thoughts from Wolf:

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