It is not surprising that the basketball highways of Kevin Ollie and Jeff Adrien have intersected.

Both Ollie and Adrien have been instrumental in building the brand that is UConn basketball.

The common ground that Ollie and Adrien share, however, ranges far beyond Storrs, Connecticut, into places where individuals of similar talent but lesser will have been unwilling to tread.

Kevin Ollie traveled a circuitous ascension to the pinnacle of college basketball’s landscape.

Ollie, who coached the University of Connecticut on its unlikely run to the 2014 NCAA championship – punctuated by a 60-54 victory over the University of Kentucky in the April 7 title game – accomplished the feat in just his second season as successor to Hall-of-Famer Jim Calhoun.