Tyler Olander is in his junior year as a Forward for the UConn Huskies.
During his junior year at UConn Tyler is going to help out the freshman by making sure they know what it means to be a member of the team. "I just want everybody on the same page. I'm going to teach them the ropes. I'll let them know that we pride ourselves by working hard, and out working opponents."
Tyler's most memorable experience is winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. "You can't beat that." Going to UConn has been everything Tyler thought it would be. "It's been everything and more. I love it here."
The transition from high school to college was hard. Tyler found himself spending a lot more time in the weight room and the gym. "I've added a lot of strength, and I've learned a lot from the coaching staff here at UConn."
Making his decision to come to UConn was an easy one. "Coach Calhoun offered me a scholarship and I was like, I can't turn this down being a local kid. It's a dream come true." Tyler grew up shooting hoops in his driveway about eight miles from Gampel Pavillion.
Prior to UConn Tyler's most memorable moment was as a sophomore at E.O. Smith High School playing in the Final Four Championship with his older brother Ryan (currently a player for Fairfield University.)
When asked what it takes to make Coach Ollie happy, Tyler said, "That's easy. Just give it your all, all the time, on the court, during workouts, in the weight room and in the classroom."
Tyler is looking forward to, "just getting out there, playing and doing what I love to do, play basketball."