Tracking Seattle: Weeks 3 and 4

Former Huskies:

Jon Brockman, Kings: OKC (0 MIN Played), HOU (1/2 FG, 4 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST), CHI (0/0 FG, 0 PTS, 1 REB), @ DAL (0 MIN Played), @ HOU (0 MIN Played), @ MEM (3/3 FG, 7 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST)

Spencer Hawes, Kings: OKC (5/10 FG, 12 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 4 BLK), HOU (2/11 FG, 6 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLCK, 1 STL), CHI (2/8 FG, 7 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK, 1 STL), @ DAL (3/6 FG, 6 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST), @ HOU (10/16 FG, 24 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK), @ MEM (2/5 FG, 4 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 BLK)

Nate Robinson, Knicks: GSW (3/9 FG, 9 PTS, 4 AST, 1 REB, 1 STL), @ IND (1/4 FG, 2 PTS, 1 AST, 1 REB), @ NJ (0/1 FG, 0 PTS, 2 AST, 1 STL), BOS (7/11 FG, 19 PTS, 1 AST, 3 REB, 2 BLCK)

Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers: @ NOR (5/16 FG, 15 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST), @ CHA (9/16 FG, 25 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST), @ ATL (7/15 FG, 17 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST), DET (7/14 FG, 20 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST), @ GSW (6/17 FG, 17 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL), MIN (8/15 FG, 18 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST), CHI (6/13 FG, 18 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST)

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Seattle Players:

Aaron Brooks, Rockets: @ DAL (7/15 FG, 22 PTS, 1 AST, 2 REB), MEM (3/10 FG, 8 PTS, 3 AST), @ SAC (4/13 FG, 10 PTS, 5 AST, 1 REB, 1 STL), @ LAL (11/23 FG, 33 PTS, 4 AST, 7 REB), PHO (5/18 FG, 16 PTS, 13 AST, 3 REB), @ MIN (5/11 FG, 13 PTS, 3 AST, 1 REB, 2 STL), @ ATL (7/16 FG, 15 PTS, 2 AST, 4 REB), SAC (3/8 FG, 8 PTS, 4 AST, 1 REB, 1 STL)

Jamal Crawford, Hawks: DEN (8/15 FG, 25 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL), @ NYK (4/9 FG, 11 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST), @ BOS (6/15 FG, 18 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST), NOR (7/14 FG, 21 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL), POR (2/10 FG, 6 PTS, 1 AST, 1 STL), MIA (3/10 FG, 10 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL), HOU (7/13 FG, 21 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL), @ NOR (8/21 FG, 20 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK)

Adam Morrison, Lakers: PHO (2/2 FG, 5 PTS, 1 REB), @ DEN (1/5 FG, 2 PTS, 3 REB, 1 STL), HOU (0/1 FG), DET (DNP), CHI (1/2 FG, 2 PTS, 3 REB), OKC (1/3 FG, 2 PTS, 1 REB)

Luke Ridnour, Bucks: DEN (2/5 FG, 4 PTS, 2 AST, 1 REB), GSW (5/10 FG, 13 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK), DAL (7/14 FG, 17 PTS, 6 AST, 3 REB, 4 STL), NJ (7/11 FG, 17 PTS, 3 AST, 4 REB), CHA (2/4, 8 PTS, 3 AST, 2 REB), @ MEM (6/12 FG, 13 PTS, 12 AST, 4 REB, 1 STL), @ SAS (2/5 FG, 4 PTS, 2 AST)

Rodney Stuckey, Pistons: CHA (6/10 FG, 16 PTS, 5 RB 7 AST), @ WAS (5/13 FG, 17 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK), DAL (12/20 FG, 28 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST), @ LAL (3/12 FG, 11 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL), @ POR (6/21 FG, 21 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK), @ UTH (7/18 FG, 18 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST, 5 STL), @ PHO (4/15 FG, 8 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL)

Jason Terry, Mavericks: HOU (7/8 FG, 24 PTS, 3 AST, 1 STL), @ SAS (6/13 FG, 19 PTS, 2 AST, 2 REB, 1 STL), @ MIN (6/15 FG, 12 PTS, 4 AST, 6 REB, 3 STL), @ DET (1/7 FG, 9 PTS, 1 AST, 4 REB, 3 STL), @ MIL (6/14 FG, 19 PTS, 2 AST, 3 REB), SAS (4/19 FG, 13 PTS, 3 AST, 1 REB, 1 STL), SAC (8/15 FG, 20 PTS, 4 AST, 1 STL)

Martell Webster, Trail Blazers: @ MEM (1/6 FG, 9 PTS, 4 REB, 2 BLK), @ MIN (5/9 FG, 16 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST), @ NOR (1/3 FG, 4 PTS, 1 REB), @ CHA (0/3 FG, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 1 STL), @ ATL (1/3 FG, 2 PTS, 1 REB), DET (0/3 FG, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 STL), @ GSW (1/4 FG, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 1 BLK), MIN (7/13 FG, 21 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST), CHI (3/10 FG, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST)

Marvin Williams, Hawks: @ NYK (2/7 FG, 4 PTS, 4 REB), @ BOS (3/7 FG, 6 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST), NOR (2/10 FG, 7 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL), POR (2/6, 4 PTS, 2 AST, 3 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK), MIA (5/12 FG, 14 PTS, 4 REB, 1 BLK), HOU (13/19 FG, 29 PTS, 9 REB), @ NOR (8/16, 17 PTS, 6 REB, 1 STL, 2 BLK)

Terrence Williams, Nets: PHI (5/15 FG, 10 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST), @ ORL (3/17 FG, 11 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST), @ MIA (3/11 FG, 8 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST), IND (3/7 FG, 7 PTS, 2 REB), @ MIL (8/15 FG, 20 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL), NYK (6/15 FG, 17 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST)

Seattle Players of the Weeks:

Jamal Crawford: Helped lead the charge for a surging Atlanta team with consistent scoring

Brandon Roy: Lacked the true standout game, but was as consistent as they come in every facet of the game

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Commit News: Enes Kanter

Wow. This came out of nowhere Husky fans.

It has quickly spread that the Huskies picked up a brand new commitment for the 2010 class in Turkish big man Enes Kanter, one of the top remaining players in the country. When I country, its not Turkey, but rather the United States.

Kanter suddenly committed to the Huskies this morning after forging a very strong relationship with new assistant coach Raphael Chillious. A few months back I made a comment about Chillious possibly having a big impact on international recruits because of his past at Findlay Prep and bringing in foreign players (such as our own Matthew Bryan-Amaning). Never did I expect the Huskies to reap the benefits so quickly as I rather had 2011 recruit Angelo Choi in mind.

But how good is Kanter?

Evidently we may have another Spencer Hawes on our hands in terms of being a one and done according to national scouts. Some even expect him to be a lottery pick after his freshman year.

During the U18 European Championships, Kanter was named tournament MVP by averaging 18.6 points and a mind boggling 16.4 rebounds per game. Some have asked where the rebounding is going to come from this season, looks like we have an answer for next year.

One of the first things that comes to mind with this commitment from Kanter is that the loss of Josh Smith suddenly becomes irrelevant. After Smith chose UCLA I believed it would only put more pressure on the Huskies to land Terrence Jones or go after a player such as Aziz N’Diyae for a transfer. The Huskies had to get a big man in the class, and the filled that spot with one of the top remaining players in the country.

Nobody saw this coming. Just yesterday I cam across Kanter for the first time in what now appears to be dumb luck. I had never heard of the kid and only was relevant because I saw he was transferring from Findlay Prep to a Stoneridge Prep.

Through some of the film I have found online its obvious what Kanter’s strengths are. He appears to have some polished post moves that lead to some easy baskets. His rebounding stats are off the charts and he is able to position his body well to set him up for some hard earned rebounds, ala Jon Brockman. Through some of the film, and I don’t want this to be taken 100% since I have not seen full games, but he seems to lack effort on the defensive end. But if there was anything Lorenzo Romar would be able to do, that would be to teach defensive intensity.

Although I didn’t see it in film, supposedly Kanter has some off the chart shooting ability as well from deep. His prep school coach says that he has NBA range right now.

Just to review some of the concerns about the Huskies this season. Rebounding (maybe Kanter’s strongest asset), three point shooting (a 6’10 big with NBA range), and low post threat (polished post moves and averaged 18 points in Euro championships). Did Lorenzo Romar just pull of a recruiting coup?

One fact about Kanter that should not be overlooked is the fact that he has been raised in a European setting in basketball. The training is much more intense and rigorous than early training in the United States, meaning Kanter is likely more polished than some of his American counterparts right now.

So the Huskies just picked up a five star recruit out of nowhere, evidently beating out Ben Howland and Kevin O’Neill for Kanter’s services. It should be interesting to see how this changes the recruitment of Terrence Jones, but at least we know if Jones does not choose to be a Husky everything will be okay in Montlake.

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Post Game: San Jose State

Coming off of a 56 point victory against Portland State, expectations were high for the Huskies to deliver a similar beat down to Adrian Oliver and the San Jose State Spartans.

While the Huskies got the victory, it wasn’t in the same dominating fashion like last game. The Huskies delivered a solid performance by beating San Jose State 80-70, largely because of a career night from senior Quincy Pondexter.

Pondexter scored a career high 30 points and a pulled down a career high 15 rebounds in what may be his best performance ever as a Husky (thats the second time I have said that this year). So far this season Pondexter has been ridiculously good and has taken control of the leadership of the team. At the beginning of the season very few would name Pondexter as the best player in the Pac-10, now he might be making it fairly obvious.

While Pondexter had his big night, the rest of the Huskies fell behind which caused for the ten point victory.

Venoy Overton struggled shooting again and with his turnovers, although that could be an outcome of the touchy fouls the refs were calling all night. Overton never found a rhythm while freshman Abdul Gaddy put in his best night as a Husky. Gaddy struggled shooting at 1/6 from the floor, but was responsible for seven assists to no turnovers.

The biggest problem came in the two starting big men in Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Darnell Gant. MBA started the game of quickly but then fell off the map, scoring four points and pulling down two rebounds. That is not acceptable. MBA keeps talking about consistency is his main focus this season, hopefully he is able to get it right.

Gant on the other hand is a mystery. While he started the game and the second half, he only played nine minutes, which was the second least on the team. Clarence Trent even got more minutes, and he was expected to be the last man off the bench this season. Gant may be receiving his pink slip as a starter soon because of Trent’s performance (2/2 shooting, 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, in 13 minutes) as well as Tyreese Breshers’ emergence.

Breshers was probably the big surprise last night when he put in 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The effort reminded many of Jon Brockman, and once he fully recovers from his injury, he is the logical guy to step in for Gant.

Isaiah Thomas struggled shooting tonight, which should be expected to happen occasionally given his playing style. But Thomas only scored 4/13 shots and had three turnovers. Its strange to talk about Thomas’ game this late in the write up, but this is likely only a game where he struggled. Its nothing to worry about.

The Spartans were led by Oliver, the former Husky, and he put up a game high 23 shots in his return to Montlake. He went for 32 and was easily the leader on his team, but it was not really efficient seeing as he only hit nine of those attempts.

Overall the Huskies  never really seemed to hit their stride. This can again be attributed to the over-the-top officiating, but they still need to hit more than 41% of their shots against a below average team like San Jose State.

Top Performer: Quincy Pondexter

Stat of the Game: 12 turnovers, the Huskies continue to protect the ball well

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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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Interview With Former Husky Bobby Jones

Husky fans always loved the dependable Bobby Jones.

A key member of the Husky teams that started the winning tradition Lorenzo Romar has established, Jones finds himself playing in Italy these days for the professional team in Teramo. Bobby was kind enough to answer some questions for Husky fans on life as a former Husky, professional player in Europe, and living life in Italy.

Montlake Fastbreak: How have you adapted to life in Italy so far?

Bobby Jones: Its been a slow process but I’m gettin there. I live by myself and all the other American teammates that live in my building have their wives, or girlfriends living here with them.  Plus they been playing over here for years so they are used to it and know how to deal with the situation better now. With all the free tim I have been able to write more, which was my major in college, so its working out.  I blog ever so often at:  http://bobbysworld.yardbarker.com/

It has been helping me let out a lot with nobody around me everyday to talk to physically.

MFB: How would you compare the style of play, atmosphere, and overall experience of playing overseas as opposed to your experiences in the NBA and D-League in the States?

BJ: I think they play dirtier here if you ask me, and the officiating is definitely different for many reasons.  Its frustrating because I cant feel how they are going to make calls. One moment they let you play aggressive then next minute they call touchy fouls on certain players that shift the whole momentum of the game. We will see how it will pan out with that.

MFB: What do you plan on doing at the end of the season in Italy?

BJ: Well I’m going to split time between Seattle and LA. I have a 3 year old daughter in Seattle and my immediate family in LA, and being over I see neither so I try to see both equally.  As well as continue to train and get ready for the NBA off season, my main goal is to get back to the NBA.

MFB: Do you keep in contact with Justin Dentmon (who is now playing in Israel) at all and talk about the experiences of playing overseas?

BJ: I still talk to JD over the internet.  I keep tabs on him and vice versa.

MFB: What type of role will you have with your team in Teramo?

BJ: I’m still finding that out actually, were off to a slow start here at 2-4.  We havent really found our identity so hopefully we can soon.  I do get to work more on my offensive game here more though which is always good.

MFB: While at Washington you were always a guy that seemed to be doing the right thing all the time. How would you describe your game now as it has evolved since you have left?

BJ: Its pretty much the same just learning the game more and when to do certain things more and less.  You always can get better and be a student of the game as long as you can.

MFB: How much do you keep in touch with former Huskies or work out with them during the offseason?

BJ: I still talk with everybody, some more than others obviously. Usually in the off-season is where the most catching up takes place at.

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Official Un-Official Top-25, Pac-10 Picks: Week Two

  1. Michigan State (-)
  2. Kansas (-)
  3. Texas (-)
  4. Purdue (-)
  5. North Carolina (-)
  6. Kentucky (-)
  7. Duke (-)
  8. Villanova (-)
  9. West Virginia (-)
  10. Ohio State (12)
  11. Washington (-)
  12. Connecticut (10)
  13. Louisville (-)
  14. Georgetown (15)
  15. Tennessee (14)
  16. California (-)
  17. Butler (-)
  18. Illinois (19)
  19. Oklahoma (20)
  20. Georgia Tech (21)
  21. Florida State (22)
  22. Minnesota (23)
  23. Wake Forest (24)
  24. Siena (25)
  25. Clemson (NR)

So very little change from last weeks ballot, which should be expected since it was only the first week of the season. I bumped Ohio State up a bit just because I really liked what I saw over the weekend, Thad Matta looks like he could have that program making a deep run in the tournament for years to come. Meanwhile I wanted to keep Washington where I had them, and I’m a little less enamored with UConn then I was when I originally had them at #10. But with a difference of two spots it really doesn’t matter, just a superficial change. Same goes with the swap of Georgetown and Tennessee; I just like Georgetown more than I do Tennessee now.

The biggest change comes because of Mississippi State falling on their faces in the opener. Without Renardo Sidney and only giving Jarvis Varnado eight shots (when he made all eight) is a sign of bad things to come. Because of that every team moved up one spot.

Pac-10 Picks

Monday: UCLA vs. CS Fullerton, Washington State vs. Eastern Washington, Arizona State vs. Texas State

Tuesday: USC vs. UC Riverside, Arizona State vs. TCU

Wednesday: Stanford vs. Oral Roberts

Thursday: California vs. Syracuse, Washington State vs. IPFW, Arizona vs. Rice

Friday: Washington vs. San Jose State, Arizona State vs. San Francisco, UCLA vs. CS Bakersfield

Saturday: Oregon State vs. Sacramento State, Stanford vs. Florida A&M, USC vs. Loyola Marymount, Oregon vs. Portland

Last Week: 12-3

Season: 12-3

SInce its the the beginning of the year there will not be too many upsets. I almost picked San Diego last week but had a lot of faith in Landry Fields. Turns out I was right on fields, but wrong on the rest of the team.

Then Oregon State has come out of the gates just dreadful with losses to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas Tech. But I decided to give them another pick against Sacramento State.

The only games I picked the Pac-10 to lose this week are Cal against Syracuse and Oregon against Portland. I almost went with Oral Roberts over Stanford, but am again giving the Cardinals the power conference benefit of the doubt.

I think Syracuse can match up with Cal’s shooting and are in New York for the game, although I believe Cal will have a better shot at getting deeper in the tournament later in the year. Then the Oregon against Portland game should be interesting because I think Portland could win the WCC this year. We all know that they Pilots beat us last year, they are entering a situation where they are at home and out to have a statement game to show everyone they are a force to be reckoned with.

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Pondexter POTW, UCLA Loses To Cal State Fullerton, Polls

Lots to get to which has lead to the pileup of news. Tracking Seattle will be up tonight or tomorrow morning with this weeks picks and my top-25.

The first big piece of news this week is that Washington’s own Quincy Pondexter was the first recipient of the Pac-10 player of the week award. If you remember last season it took awhile for the Huskies to bring in their first award, so its nice to see Quincy earn it so early.

The award could have gone to either Pondexter or Isaiah Thomas, but Pondexter did his job on the boards as well by averaging 11 rebounds.

The next piece of news comes from Westwood where UCLA continues their remarkable early season struggles by losing to Cas State Fullerton. The Bruins had struggled in both of their exhibition games, but they were expected to shake it off in time for the season. This is UCLA we are talking about, they don’t have these types of struggles.

But it looks like it could be more of a rebuilding season in Westwood than originally thought.

Finally the Huskies were ranked 14th in both polls, for some reason dropping one spot in the USA Today poll. But at this stage in the season it means nothing.

So just quick updates on those three stories before we get into our weekly schedule.

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