Pre-Game: San Jose State

Washington (3-0) vs. San Jose State (1-0)

Players to Watch

Adrian Oliver: Oliver will be facing his former team tonight as a member of the Spartans. One of the praised recruits in the highly talked about 2006 class, Oliver was one of the three to leave Seattle after a year. Spencer Hawes left for the NBA, Phil Nelson wanted to be closer to home, and Oliver had family issues back home. We never learned what those issues were, which is fine, but it appears that Washington missed on having a great player. Oliver tore it up at times for San Jose State before injuring his knee, foot, and ankle. He should face a hostile Dawg Pack, but it should be entertaining to see Oliver play again. Supposedly he still has a close relationship with Lorenzo Romar and Quincy Pondexter, so there is no bad blood between the parties.

Isaiah Thomas: For most of the previews Thomas could be the guy to watch for the Huskies (I’d bet him and Matthew Bryan-Amaning lead at the end of the year), but Thomas is the guy because he will be going against San Jose State’s best player in Oliver. A lot of points should be scored between the two.

Notes

  • The Spartans return four starters from last years team. That could either be a really good thing or really bad because of last season’s 13-17 record.
  • The Spartans defeated an NAIA school for their first victory, so nothing to really judge them from.
  • Center Chris Oakes should provide an interesting matchup for MBA, Oakes stands at 6’10 and pulled down 7.6 boards a game last season

Projected Lineups

Washington: G: Venoy Overton G: Isaiah Thomas SF: Quincy Pondexter PF: Darnell Gant C: Matthew Bryan-Amaning

San Jose State: G: Justin Graham G: Adrian Oliver SF: Chris Jones PF: C.J. Webster C: Chris Oakes

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