TEMPE, Ariz. Jordan Bachynski was impatient, antsy -- traits diametrically opposed to the ones that have made him the best shot-blocker in the Pac-12 Conference and one of the best in the nation.
He had just returned from a two-year LDS mission to South Florida, which might as well have been Mars. He had been given the opportunity to shoot baskets maybe once a week, but that was not his purpose.
Austin Ainge and other Mormon friends advised Bachynski that it would take at least a year for him to regain the form that made him one of the top recruits in the hemisphere in 2007, when UConn was among the suitors who came to Calgary, Alberta, to check on him. Bachynski did not want to hear it. Not me, he thought.
In hindsight, his friends were right. It has taken time, even more than anticipated because Bachynski not only missed court time while on his mission but also his final high school season at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep because of ankle surgery.
The journey back to himsel...