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Hall of Fame coach assists cast in play about recruiting

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/12/2017 By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports Writer
Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, left, gestures as he answers a question from actor Sam Kebebe, right, during a meeting with the cast and crew of the play "Exposure" at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about the darker side of college basketball recruiting. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) © The Associated Press Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, left, gestures as he answers a question from actor Sam Kebebe, right, during a meeting with the cast and crew of the play "Exposure" at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about the darker side of college basketball recruiting. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jim Calhoun has gone from the hardwood to the theater stage, not as an actor but as a technical adviser.

Actors Sam Kebebe, left, and David Zheng take a break from rehearsal for the stage production "Exposure," to play basketball outside the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Former UConn NCAA college basektball coach Jim Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about a college basketball recruit. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) © The Associated Press Actors Sam Kebebe, left, and David Zheng take a break from rehearsal for the stage production "Exposure," to play basketball outside the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Former UConn NCAA college basektball coach Jim Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about a college basketball recruit. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

The Hall-of-Fame coach who led UConn to three national championships before retiring in 2012 is working on the production of a new play. "Exposure" is about a basketball player and his experiences with the darker side of recruiting. It's being put on this weekend at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.

Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, right, talks with Steve DiUbaldo, a former basketball player at Winthrop and playwright for a new play "Exposure," at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser on the play about a college basketball recruit. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) © The Associated Press Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, right, talks with Steve DiUbaldo, a former basketball player at Winthrop and playwright for a new play "Exposure," at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser on the play about a college basketball recruit. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Calhoun sits on the board at the O'Neill Theater. He spoke to the cast and crew about his more than half century in basketball. He offered insights and opinions on the NCAA, the recruiting process, shoe companies, players, parents, other coaches and even fans.

Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, rear left, gestures as he speaks to the cast and crew of the play "Exposure" at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about the darker side of college basketball recruiting. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) © The Associated Press Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, rear left, gestures as he speaks to the cast and crew of the play "Exposure" at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about the darker side of college basketball recruiting. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

The 75-year-old says being involved in the production is exciting for him as a longtime fan of the performing arts. He says he marvels at the athleticism of dancers and the discipline it takes for actors to learn how to portray a character and sees a lot of parallels to basketball.

Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, center, speaks to the cast and crew of the play "Exposure" at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about the darker side of college basketball recruiting. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) © The Associated Press Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, center, speaks to the cast and crew of the play "Exposure" at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about the darker side of college basketball recruiting. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

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