When Tyreese Breshers steps onto the court for the first time in his college career, it will be the second consecutive year a Washington freshman will be playing with the title “redshirt” attached to his name. Unlike football, it is extremely rare for basketball coaches to ever redshirt a player unless it is absolutely necessary. Darnell Gant two seasons ago was somewhat of a rarity in the college basketball world in that he elected to redshirt without any academic or injury problems. Breshers fits more of the classic basketball redshirt in that he suffered shin problems throughout the year which made the idea of redshirting attractive.
What will be important for the Huskies is how Breshers will respond once he plays his first organized basketball game in almost two years.
Unlike Darnell Gant last season, it is unlikely that Breshers will earn a starting spot for the Huskies. Gant cemented his status as a starter by providing great post defense and a knack to hit the fifteen foot jumper (as detailed in the previous post). But if there was ever a year for Breshers to come into a season with four years of eligibility remaining, this would be the ideal situation. Continue reading