Enosch Wolf’s time as a member of UConn’s basketball team is over. He agreed to terms with Telekom Baskets Bonn, a professional team in his native Germany, the team announced Friday.
“My first option and what I would have loved to do was to come back to UConn, no matter how, ” Wolf told The Courant from Germany Fiday night. “But the financial burden that came with me being a walk-on was too much of a risk for me and my family, I think that’s understandable. So as much as I disliked the idea not going back to UConn I had to live with it.
“My second step was to transfer, but sitting out was not an option for me either so we worked on getting a waiver. I worked really close with Gonzaga on getting that done. But as time went by, nothing really changed and more and more teams here in Germany approached me. ”
Wolf, a 7-foot-1 center, played only a handful of minutes his first two seasons as UConn. As a junior, he averaged 13.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds. But on Feb. 11 he was arrested following an early-morning incident in a dorm involving a female student he was dating. According to the police report, Wolf refused to leave the apartment and “grabbed the hair of the victim and pushed her head. … and knocked the glasses off of the victim’s face with his hand.”
He was suspended the rest of the season and ordered by the court to enter a domestic violence diversionary program, which he completed, and the charges were dropped on April 24.
“My passion is to play basketball,” Wolf said Superior Court of Rockville that day. “My whole life, I’ve loved basketaball. But I did this to myself and it’s a big lesson learned.”
Wolf completed treatment for domestic violence and alcohol abuse in the spring semester and passed through UConn’s community standards review process, but coach Kevin Ollie, in consultation with AD Warde Manuel and President Susan Herbst, decided in May not to renew Wolf’s scholarship for his senior season. He was invited to return to UConn as a walk-on, which, as a foreign student, would have cost him between $45,000 and $50,000. He returned home to Goettingen, Germany to weigh his options.
“[Whatever] he does we’ll support him all the way,” Ollie said at a charity event in June. “He’s made tremendous strides doing the different programs that he went through. Hopefully when he’s back in that situation he reacts in a different way and it’s a different outcome. I think it will be. He’s a tremendous young man.”
There was no chance of UConn changing its stance. Transfer student Lasan Kromah was given the last available scholarship. If he chose to transfer to another Division I school, Wolf would have had to sit out a year.
“Of course I am angry and disappointed and the way things ended at UConn, ” Wolf said. “But that anger or disappointment doesn’t go against any particular person, just against the whole situation. I understand the decisions that have been made and I have to live with it. So there are no hard feelings between me and any people at UConn and everything is ok. I’ll be following the team as a fan now.”
So he will play pro basketball in Germany, which was a goal all along. Telekom Baskets Bonn play in Euro Basketball and the Germany Basketball League, and went 18-16 this past season.
Wolf’s signing a pro contract benefits UConn; his departure will not cost them a retention point against its Academic Progress Rate (APR) score for 2012-13.
By Dom Amore, Hartford Courant