99 in 99: #14 Washington Huskies


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Like the rest of the Pac-10, the Washington Huskies underachieved during the 2009-2010 season.  Lorenzo Romar’s group did put together a run in the NCAA Tournament before bowing out in the Sweet 16 to West Virginia.  The Huskies are the team to beat in a slightly improved Pac-10.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” runs down the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Click here if you missed teams #15-#99.

By: David Kay

Washington Huskies (3rd, 11-7 in Pac-10, 26-10 overall)

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Matthew Bryan-Armstrong (Sr)/Aziz N’Diaye (Jr)
PF: Darnell Gant (Jr)/ Desmond Simmons (Fr)
SF: Justin Holliday (Sr)/Scott Suggs (Jr)
SG: Abdul Gaddy (So)/Terrence Ross (Fr)/C.J. Wilcox (Fr)
PG: Isaiah Thomas (Jr)/Venoy Overton (Sr)/Antoine Hosley (Fr)

Gone: SF-Quincy Pondexter, SG-Elston Turner (transfer-Texas A&M), Clarence Trent (transfer-Seattle U), C-Tyreese Breshers (injury)

2010-2011 Outlook:
Washington is the only Pac-10 team ranked in the pre-season Top 25 polls and the clear favorite to win the title in what should be a slightly improved, but still weak conference.

Isaiah Thomas5-8 Isaiah Thomas does not let his shortcomings stand in the way of leading this team.  He is lightning quick and knows how to score the basketball.  Thomas is not afraid to speak his mind either as he recently called out FOX Sports’ Jeff Goodman via Twitter for not picking Thomas to his pre-season All Pac-10 First Team.

Sophomore Abdul Gaddy is hoping to bounce back from a terribly disappointing freshman season and will join Thomas in the starting backcourt.  Veteran Venoy Overton is one of the top sixth men in the conference and a nuisance on the defensive end.  Freshman Terrence Ross is a consensus Top-100 recruit despite not playing basketball his senior year of high school.  He should be a regular contributor off the bench.  The lengthy Justin Holliday is expected to start at the three while three-point threat Scott Suggs will also see minutes on the wing.

Lorenzo Romar has to replace physical forward Quincy Pondexter who had a breakout senior season leading the Huskies in both points and rebounds.  Romar must also fill the void of bruising big man Tyreese Breshers whose basketball career came to an end due medical reasons and Clarence Trent who chose to transfer.

Matthew Bryan-Armstrong started 25 games a year ago and will need to provide some muscle inside since likely starting power forward Darnell Gant is known more for his mid-range jump shot than physicality.  JUCO transfer Aziz N’Diaye is a raw seven-footer who sat out last season with a torn ACL.  If he can provide some depth and be a difference maker in the paint, it would be a huge boost for Washington.  Freshman Desmond Simmons is a combo forward who will have to play bigger this year due to lack of size off the bench.

The guard play will ultimately determine the success of this year’s team.  Romar may be forced to go small more times than he would like which is a difficult challenge this year since the versatile Q-Pon has moved on to the NBA.  Regardless, Washington should easily capture the Pac-10 title and be the only conference team to scratch the Top 25 this season.

Player to Watch: Abdul Gaddy, G

A McDonald’s All-American and top-20 prospect for the 2009 class, Gaddy did not make the impact that many expected in his first year at UW as he really struggled with his shot.  He is more of a true point guard but was forced to play off the ball a little more with Thomas running the show.  The talent is certainly there, but for Washington to be a true factor on the national scene, Gaddy must play significantly better than he did during his freshman campaign.

Key Non-Conference Games:

11/22 vs. Virginia (Maui Invitational)
11/23 vs. Kentucky/Oklahoma (Maui Invitational)
11/24 vs. Michigan State/UConn/Wichita State/Chaminade (Maui Invitational)
12/4 vs. Texas Tech
12/11 at Texas A&M
12/22 vs. Nevada

Other 99 in 99’s:
#15 Georgetown
#16 Missouri
#17 Memphis
#18 Wisconsin
#19 Purdue
#20 Butler
#21 Virginia Tech
#22 Tennessee
#23 Gonzaga
#24 Texas
#25 San Diego State
#26 Xavier
#27 West Virginia
#28 BYU
#29 Georgia
#30 St. John’s
#31 N.C. State
#32 Florida State
#33 Marquette
#34 Temple
#35 Vanderbilt
#36 Arizona
#37 Murray State
#38 Dayton
#39 Notre Dame
#40 Mississippi State
#41 Utah State
#42 Maryland
#43 Richmond
#44 UNLV
#45 Seton Hall
#46 Wichita State
#47 Washington State
#48 St. Louis
#49 Old Dominion
#50 Minnesota
#51 New Mexico
#52 UConn
#53 Northwestern
#54 UCLA
#55 Southern Mississippi
#56 St. Mary’s
#57 Texas A&M
#58 Louisville
#59 Arizona State
#60 Northern Iowa
#61 Creighton
#62 Clemson
#63 Cincinnati
#64 Texas Tech
#65 Miami, FL
#66 Charlotte
#67 UTEP
#68 Ole Miss
#69 George Mason
#70 Colorado
#71 Weber State
#72 Alabama
#73 Bradley
#74 Central Florida
#75 Wake Forest
#76 Georgia Tech
#77 USC
#78 Oklahoma State
#79 Cal
#80 Oklahoma
#81 Virginia
#82 South Carolina
#83 Indiana
#84 Stanford
#85 Oregon
#86 Penn State
#87 South Florida
#88 Arkansas
#89 Boston College
#90 LSU
#91 Providence
#92 Michigan
#93 Oregon State
#94. Nebraska
#95. Auburn
#96. DePaul
#97. Iowa State
#98. Rutgers
#99. Iowa

Comments

  1. Shox might play em in the Maui, but we should play OU in the 3rd place game or play in 5th place game vs WASH, but if we beat # 2 MSU in Semifinals after a win over UConn, we play # 10 UK.

  2. I mean WASH in 3rd place or OU in 5th place.

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