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November 6, 2005 at 12:02 AM

What to watch for tonight

Yeah, basketball season starts tonight.
And right now, Washington is officially a basketball school for all the right reasons – the basketball team is really good – and all the wrong reasons – the football team isn’t.
So even though it’s just an exhibition game, simply playing any hoops game right now is reason enough to get excited.
I wrote a preview of the game for the paper today. But here are a few other things to watch tonight:
– Brandon Roy as a point guard. This isn’t really that big of a deal. As Lorenzo Romar points out all the time, the ball has always gone through Brandon’s hands a lot. Still, Brandon admits this is a new role for him, so seeing how he adjusts to it – especially bringing the ball up the court – will be interesting.
– Bobby Jones as a guard/small forward – He’s been out of position the last few years as a power forward. But he also didn’t have the shot that he has now. That means this may be the perfect time for him to finally play the position that his size dictates is his best.
– Jamaal Williams – He proudly proclaims that he now can hit shots consistently out to 17 feet. It’ll be fun to see him try to make good.
– Justin Dentmon – Sounds like he’ll be the main guy bringing the ball up the court other than Roy, and it’ll be interesting to see how he does.
– Ryan Appleby – He’ll get looks at point guard as well but sounds like he’s becoming more of an outside shooting threat than anything else.
– Artem Wallace – By all accounts, he’s had a great camp. I saw him do the dunking exhibition one day and came away suitably impressed.
– Joe Wolfinger – If he plays really well, Romar may decide he has to play this year instead of redshirting.
– Jon Brockman – We’ve heard about him for years. But finally seeing him in a Husky uniform will take on a special meaning.
– Harvey Perry – Coaches say he’s as good a perimeter defender as the team has. We start finding out tonight.
– Joel Smith – He almost feels like the forgotten man in the excitement over the seniors and the freshmen. But he looks a lot more mature and should contribute a lot more.
We’ll have more after the game.

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