Husky football just went on hiatus after Saturday’s spring game. Mariners baseball will undoubtedly grab everyone’s attention over the next few months. Still, given the massive rebuilding taking place at the University of Washington — imagine the Alaska Airlines Arena being dismantled to the posts — basketball won’t be far from our consciousness this offseason.
While Mike Hopkins’ program that got into a serious nose drop was rightly negligent, the efforts to get him into recovery so far have been fascinating.
The Huskies pulled a three-year-old starter from the West Virginia coal mines, rescued a guard from embers at a dumpster in Arizona, went big game hunting in Africa and found potentially the most imposing southpaw in Seattle from Randy Johnson.
The acquisition of UW basketball talent is far from over, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from moving the new pieces around in different combinations and envisioning what Hopkins might have on hand these days.
So, likely six months from the true start of the season, here’s a way-too-sooner starting roster that could do a lot to put a stop to the 5-21 nightmare that was Husky basketball last season.
The 6-foot-9 tall man, a Pennsylvania native who played a single season of junior basketball at Georgia last year and received his scholarship from Alabama last month, could be the offensive presence that the Huskies didn’t have. last season.
In his video clips, Wilson appears to be both an aggressive dunker and a reasonable 3-point shooter, someone who could force opposing defenses to play UW more honestly than at any time since they put Jaylen. Nowell and Matisse Thybulle on the floor.
A 10-point scorer, Wilson was called the No. 2 JC player in the nation and local websites even hailed him as “a huge hit” and a bit of a savior without delving into his background at all. It remains unclear if he voluntarily left an overbooked Alabama or was asked to move on.
Matthews is a proven talent who would prefer to play more of a headlining role with the Hopkins Huskies. Another southpaw, he averaged 7.7 points per game for the NCAA West Virginia Qualifier last season, and would most likely like to double that with the UW.
A 6-foot-7 junior from Tacoma, Wash., with two seasons of eligibility remaining, Matthews brings a reputation as a tough defenseman, something the guys in the purple shirts were sorely lacking.
Matthews might be the most likely player to be a starter than anyone else on the roster.
With Wilson and Matthews playing prominent roles, the top 35 rookies won’t have to be an immediate savior. The 6-foot-10 freshman from Olympia, Wash., can make his way to college basketball.
While the Huskies didn’t have big men who could hit a 3-pointer last season with any success, therefore allowing defenses to focus all of their attention on UW guards, Grant should have plenty of multiple scoring opportunities. .
His highlight video shows him confidently draining 3s when he’s not using clever footwork to get around his opponents. Grant is lucky to be very good from the start of his career.
Above all else, the Huskies need the Seattle native to run the ground and give the ball to the big men whenever possible, and replicate the 4.9 assists per game he dished out for Seattle U in 2019-20.
Sure, Brown can score. A first-team All-WAC selection, he averaged 20.7 points per game. He had 20 or more points 16 times, including a career-high 31 points four times for the Redhawks.
However, with a more starry Arizona, the 6-foot-3 guard started just 9 of 26 games and averaged 7.3 ppg and 3.5 apg. In terms of points, he scored in double digits just eight times, with a game-high 18 points against Arizona State.
If there’s one constant from him from the WAC to the Pac-12, it’s that he was always an adept point guard in every league.
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Bey is the only remnant of last year’s mess. For now. Hopkins could pick up another guard or two before he’s finished, which could relegate this returning Husky starter to a reserve role.
At 6-foot-6 with a 3-point shot that topped the Pac-12 for accuracy, Bey should be a starter wherever he goes. However, he has been a reluctant player, often deferring to his teammates when he needs to pick up the slack.
Polite didn’t work out last year with all those guys leaving him for other programs after losing 21 of 26 games. Amid the turmoil, Bey averaged 10.3 ppg while shooting 50.7 percent from behind the arc. He needs to call for the ball, shoot more and raise his average to 15 ppg or more.
With all those big men, it could be a lot easier for Bey to score. He might like that. It’s time to be selfish.
With these guys forming our starting five, that leaves 6-foot-11 junior Nate Roberts, 6-foot-7 junior Cole Bajema, 6-foot-2 point guard Dominiq Penn, 7-foot-4 junior No. inches Riley Sorn and 6-foot-8 African newcomer Samuel Ariyibi to provide bench support.
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