Ouottoms hoops team is facing a huge decision after losing two of its top three scorers.
Redick, a 6-foot-11 center, and Collinsworth, a 5-foot 7 forward, are no longer on the team, which is facing the NCAA investigation into its academic performance.
Collinsworth and Redick were teammates at Xavier in 2015-16, and both played together on the UConn men’s team last season.
They were also teammates at Gonzaga and played together at Providence last season, and have been friends since childhood.
The basketball team is in the middle of a rebuilding process, and is expected to begin training camp this month.
The team’s only true NBA prospect, former Providence guard J.R. Smith, is not on the roster.
Collins, Redick, Smith and two other players have already been fined by the NCAA for violating the NCAA’s rules regarding academics.
UConn said it has been paying Smith, and will not be paying Collins or Redick.
The NCAA investigation, which was announced last week, involves more than 100 players who were enrolled on the campus between January 2015 and January 2017.
The investigation found that some players had multiple violations, including academic misconduct, and that some were receiving improper financial support from their university.
The NCAA says some players received a total of more than $60,000.
The university’s chief academic officer, Stephen Sonders, is also leading the investigation, according to UConn.
Uconn said the university would have to release the names of the athletes who were not suspended but were suspended for a violation of the rules, and they could be disciplined by the university.UConn was the top-ranked team in the Big East Conference and the nation’s No. 1 school in the 247Sports Composite rankings before losing its two top scorers, including Collinsworth.
The Wildcats were the conference’s best team, but the loss of Redick is a blow to the program.