The greatest beat writer ever in Bob Condotta wrote a wonderful article on Justin Dentmon in the Seattle Times this morning, basically outlining the success of Dentmon’s transition to shooting guard this year and his past struggles. After Dentmon’s past two seasons here, I was very skeptical about all the rave reviews he was receiving about how fit he appeared and his approved jump shot, but it is quite obvious that Justin has been able to exceed everyone’s expectations this season. Like Condotta mentioned in the article, Justin’s performance in the WSU game was incredibly important with him going 4-4 on three point attempts.
Instead of attempting to navigate the dual roles of scorer and distributor, he can concentrate almost solely on the former. And with less responsibility to set up others, he has become UW’s best perimeter shooter, hitting 41.7 percent on three-pointers in Pac-10 play and averaging 17 points in five conference games, second on the team. In the process, he’s helped fill the outside-shooting void created by the graduation of Ryan Appleby.
“I love this role,” said Dentmon, who will lead UW into action against USC tonight at Edmundson Pavilion at 8 p.m. “I love it. I tell [Isaiah Thomas] if he’s tired, let me bring it up. But he wants the ball all the time. So I’m cool with it.”
As of now Dentmon sits at 14th in the conference in scoring at 13.8 points per game (including non-conference), an incredible jump for him compared to the last few seasons. While many count Isaiah Thomas as our most valuable guard, a strong argument could be made for Dentmon when looking at the information much closer. The article mentions Justin’s past struggles with costly turnovers, however he has been able to cut his turnover numbers in half these past two years. Add his free throw shooting, 3 point percentage, field goal percentage (46%, a career high), and steals it could make for an interesting debate for a future article. Obviously Isaiah does some things that can not be recorded statistically, so I’ll see how the next few weeks play out before putting anything out.
Dan Raley (of Seattle PI fame) writes on some of the down years Washington experienced in the post-Roy days, and their stunning turnaround from the beginning of the year. In the same article he mentions USC as a rising team, Oregon as a falling team, and names DeMar DeRozan as a rising freshman (DeRozan will be in Seattle tomorrow to play the Huskies, hopefully he does not carry over his recent success).
Talks about ASU’s recent success and the struggle for Arizona after Lute Olson departed shortly before the season was to start. Beneath the article there is also a mention about Romar’s reaction to the Obama Inauguration.
Just the University’s newspaper perspective on Roy’s number being retired tomorrow night. Will have more stories and my own tomorrow, the actual day it is retired.