May 17, 2013 at 2:55 PM
C.J. Wilcox underwent surgery Friday on his left foot, which hampered him last season.
The procedure was considered a success, according to a release from Washington. He had his fifth metatarsal stabilized to alleviate the stress fracture in his foot.
Wilcox is expected to return before the 2013-14 season opener.
The 6-5 junior guard considered declaring for the NBA draft, but it’s likely the foot surgery influenced his decision to return to school.
After a 59-57 loss at at UCLA on Feb. 7, Wilcox wore a protective boot after the game and said he had early stages of a stress fracture.
Coach Lorenzo Romar downplayed the seriousness of the injury at the time while acknowledging Wilcox was unable to practice the last two months of the season due to what was described as “preventive measures.”
Wilcox’s production dipped and his consistency wavered after the game at UCLA.
Despite foot problems, he started all 34 games and averaged 34.8 minutes, which ranked seventh in the Pac-12.
He also led Washington in scoring average (16.8 points) and steals (37). He was second with 35 blocks and third with 65 assists.
Wilcox ranked second in the conference with 75 three-pointers and was named second team all-Pac-12.
May 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Several media outlets are reporting Raphael Chillious will return to Washington as an assistant.
He left last year to join Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova.
Chillious originally joined the Huskies in April 2009. Before his arrival, he was heralded as respected recruiter with ties to elite high-school talent. He served as Nike’s business manager for Elite Youth Basketball in Beaverton, Ore. He was also the head coach and co-athletic director at South Kent (Conn.) School from 2003-08.
During his three seasons in Seattle, Chillious was credited for helping UW guards, including Isaiah Thomas, Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr.
It’s unclear how the addition of Chillious will affect coach Lorenzo Romar’s staff.
The Huskies hired assistant T.J. Otzelberger from Iowa State last week.
The rest of the UW staff includes assistants Jim Shaw and Brad Jackson and Paul Fortier, who is the director of player of personnel.
May 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM
Washington will play in the 2K Sports Classic on Nov. 21-22 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The other semifinalists in the tournament include Indiana, Connecticut and Boston College. Each team will host a regional round from Nov. 14-17.
The 2K Sports Classic, which is produced by the Gazelle Group, benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The mission is to raise awareness and help injured service members.
Presumably the Huskies will play Indiana and Boston College at MSG because they’re due to face UConn at Alaska Airlines Arena next season.
Washington will also play at San Diego State on Dec. 12 with plans to host the Aztecs in 2014-15.
HERE’S A LOOK AT THE 2013-14 PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS WITH PAC-12 TEAMS:
GLOBAL SPORTS MAIN EVENT
Site: Campus sites
Dates: Nov. 8-22
Teams: Colorado, Wyoming, Arkansas State, Tennessee-Martin, Jackson State
2K SPORTS CLASSIC
Site: Madison Square Garden, New York
Dates: Nov. 21-22
Teams:Indiana, UConn, Washington, Boston College
GLOBAL SPORTS SHOWCASE
Site: Salt Lake City
Dates: Nov. 21-23
Teams: Utah, Lamar, Grand Canyon, Savannah State
Site: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Dates: Nov. 25-26
Teams: Pittsburgh, Stanford, Houston, Texas Tech
Site: Maui, Hawaii
Dates: Nov. 25-27
Teams: Syracuse, Gonzaga, Baylor, California, Arkansas, Minnesota, Dayton, Chaminade
Site: Madison Square Garden, New York
Dates: Nov. 27, 29
Teams: Duke, Arizona, Alabama, Rutgers
BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS
Site: Nassau, Bahamas
Dates: Nov. 28-30
Teams: Kansas, Tennessee, Xavier, Villanova, Iowa, USC, UTEP, Wake Forest
OLD SPICE CLASSIC
Site: Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 1
Teams: Memphis, Oklahoma State, Butler, LSU, Purdue, St. Joseph’s, Washington State, Siena
Site: Anaheim, Calif.
Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 1
Teams: Marquette, Creighton, San Diego State, Miami, Arizona State, College of Charleston, George Washington, Cal State Fullerton
LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
Site: Las Vegas, Nev.
Dates: Nov. 29-30
Teams: UCLA, Missouri, Northwestern, Nevada
DIAMOND HEAD CLASSIC
Site: Honolulu, Hawaii
Dates: Dec. 22-23, 25
Teams: Boise State, St. Mary’s, George Mason, Iowa State, Oregon State, South Carolina, Hawaii
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— ESPN revealed its final 2013-14 preseason top 25 ranking. Arizona is fourth, Colorado 22 and UCLA 23.
— Colorado replaced Andre Roberson, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year who left with a year eligibility remaining for the NBA draft, with George King, a 6-5 forward from San Antonio’s Brennan High.
May 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Six future Pac-12 players competed in Saturday’s inaugural West Coast All-Star Classic at the ShoWare Center.
None scored more points than Bothell High’s Zach LaVine, who is headed to UCLA, and California-bound Jordan Matthews. They each had 19 points and Arizona-bound Elliott Pitts had 11 to help the West team to a 123-121 victory.
Washington incoming freshman Jahmel Taylor scored 18 and Darin Johnson nine while Hallice Cooke (Oregon State) chipped in three for the East squad.
Here’s a few observations:
— Taylor (video interview above) is fearless, which is probably a good trait for a 5-11 and 160-pound point guard. He constantly probed and attacked the defense with dribble drives and passes into the post. Several bounce passes missed the mark or were intercepted. Taylor’s three-point shot was also erratic. He missed at least two three-point attempts and made one. Still, he offset his deficiencies with hustle, determination and leadership. He’s also a non-stop chatterbox. He’ll take playful verbal barbs at opposing players and is constantly giving instructions to teammates.
Taylor is one of the reasons the East team cut a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to two. It was as if someone forgot to tell him it was an all-star game. He spent more time on the floor than every other player combined. He also looked as if he was going to try and take a charge late in the game, but decided against it.
In the fourth quarter, Taylor was paired against LaVine. Despite surrendering four inches, Taylor held his own. At times he used his quickness to stay in front and keep LaVine out of the lane. Other times, LaVine was able to turn the corner and get to the rim.
— Admittedly, Johnson (video interview below) didn’t have his best game. He started the game on the bench with Taylor and never got into any rhythm. It was as if he was waiting to get into the groove. Johnson was able to connect with Taylor on a couple of scoring plays, but mostly Johnson didn’t appear overly engaged in the game.
— LaVine did a little of everything. He entertained the sparse crowd with a high-flying, rim-rattling dunk in the third quarter. He also drained a couple of long-range jumpers. He’s listed at 6-3 and 165 pounds, but he plays above the rim and is surprisingly explosive. LaVine is not adverse to driving in traffic and stuffing a dunk. He’s also just as likely to pull up for a transition 3.
— Pitts is smooth. The 6-5 guard displayed nice range on his shot while knocking down two three-pointers.
— Matthews is solid. He didn’t do anything flashy, but at the end of the night he was one of the game’s top scorers.
— Didn’t really notice Cooke.
— Arguably the best player on the floor was BYU-bound Eric Mika. He had a smile on his face most of the game and seemed to enjoy plaing against Missouri-bound Torren Jones. Mike is an athletic big man at 6-9 and 220 pounds. He scored a game-high 28 points and won the MVP trophy. He also had five blocks and five dunks. He runs the floor well and finishes strong at the rim.
— And speaking of Jones, he might be the first person in the history of all-star games to get disqualified because of fouls.
May 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM
Here’s a couple of videos of Washington coach Lorenzo Romar at today’s Marv Harshman memorial service.
And here’s the second part.
May 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM
Thought I’d post some videos from today’s Marv Harshman memorial service at the University of Washington.
The list of speakers included: David and Rick Harshman, Jim Van Beek, Bob Houbregs, Sue Beyer, Detlef Shrempf, Hugh Campbell, Lorenzo Romar, Steve Hawes, Bud Norris, Jud Heathcote and Margaret Symons.
Here’s a couple videos from Schrempf.
And here’s the second part.
May 11, 2013 at 7:37 AM
A memorial service celebrating the life of Marv Harshman is 1 p.m. today at Harshman Court on the north side of Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus. The event is open to the public.
Harshman, a Hall of Fame basketball coach, died April 12 at age 95.
Scheduled speakers include: Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, former Husky players Detlef Schrempf and Steve Hawes, former Washington State athletes Bud Norris and Hugh Campbell, former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote, Harshman’s son Dave and friends of the family. The service will last about 90 minutes.
Harshman began a legendary coaching career at Pacific Lutheran University where he led the Lutes to four NAIA District I titles in basketball and four national-tournament appearances. He was 241-121 in 13 years (1945-58) at PLU.
Harshman moved to Washington State, where he compiled a 151-185 record during a 13-year tenure (1958-71). His best teams finished second in the Pac-8 Conference three times behind powerhouse UCLA.
At Washington, Harshman had his greatest success.
In 14 years with the Huskies (1971-85), he led them to four 20-victory seasons and five postseason appearances, including three NCAA tournaments (1976, ’84 and ’85) and two National Invitation Tournaments (1980 and ’82).
“When you live your life in the public, there’s a lot of people — particularly older people — who identified with him and his career,” Dave Harshman said. “The fact that he spent 40 years coaching, and all in the state of Washington, is pretty unique.
“We want to make this a celebration and not a funeral. I’m hoping it’s going to be a joyful celebration.”
May 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM
The first night of the inaugural West Coast All-Star Classic belonged to Zach LaVine, who thrilled the crowd at Rainier Beach High with a brilliant display of high-flying acrobatics to win the slam dunk contest.
“I got about 7-8 dunks I know I can get a pretty good score on,” he said. “I haven’t lost a dunk contest in about three years so I always keep my dunks in hand. It was fun. It’s always fun and to know this was the last one for me in high school makes it even more special.”
LaVine, who won the dunk title last week at the BallisLife All-American Game, was the favorite Friday night in a field that included Ohio State signee Kameron Williams, Michigan State signee Gavin Schilling, Fresno State signee Karachi Soma Edo, Rainier Beach High star Marquis Davis (Santa Clara) and Garfield High standout Tucker Haymond (Western Michigan).
Most contestants drew low scores from a panel of celebrity judges that included Hall of Famer Gary Payton, for Sonics legend Shawn Kemp, Boston Celtics forward Terrence Williams, Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse and former Oregon coach Ernie Kent.
LaVine was the last contestant in the first round, but after his first attempt it was clear he’d win the competition.
The wiry 6-4 Bothell guard who will play at UCLA next season season leaped toward the rim, maneuvered the ball between his legs in the air before flushing a right-handed jam. He received five 10s from the judges.
LaVine’s next attempt was somewhat modest, but he was given another perfect score.
His winning dunk was a slight variation of his between-the-legs first attempt, however, he flushed a reverse jam before falling to the floor. (Video highlights above). The crowd went crazy. Every judge waived cards that read 10 and LaVine was mobbed on the court by players and fans.
He easily won the title. After some urging from the MC, LaVine gave the fans one more highlight, which was arguably his best dunk. He bounced high off the floor and wrapped the ball around his waist before hammering a thunderous jam.
Earlier in the night, Seattle Prep star D.J. Fenner, who will play at Nevada next season, won the three-point competition.
May 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM
The West Coast All-Star Classic gets going with a slam-dunk competition and three-point contest 7 p.m. tonight at Rainier Beach High.
Incoming Washington freshmen Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor are two of 22 high school players who’ll play in tomorrow’s 6 p.m. game at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Local prep stars participating in the hoops showcase include: Bothell’s Zach Lavine (UCLA), Seattle Prep’s D.J. Fenner (Nevada), Garfield’s Tucker Haymond (Western Michigan), Rainer Beach’s Marquis Davis (Santa Clara) and Ballard’s Seth Berger (Massachusetts).
Former Washington stars Isaiah Thomas and Terrence Ross are expected to join Hall of Famer Gary Payton as celebrity judges tonight. Former NBA Slam Dunk Champion Cedric Ceballos will DJ and co-host the event.
May 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM
Brandon Roy’s comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves ended today when the team released him.
“We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders said in a statement released by the team.
The former Washington star tried to return to the NBA after undergoing seven knee surgeries. However, he played in just five games during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game.
He made just 31.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, missed all nine of his three-point attempts and difficulty on the defensive end.
Roy underwent a mid-November knee procedure and never returned to the court.
Minnesota signed Roy to a two-year, $10.4 million deal and guaranteed his $5.1 million salary last season. He needed to play in 65 games to guarantee the second year of the deal.
It’s likely the end of what was destined to be a brilliant career for the 28-year-0ld Roy.
The 6-6 guard was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, 2007 Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers.
However, knee injuries led to Portland using an amnesty clause on Roy’s six-year, $85 million contract in 2011.