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April 6, 2006 at 11:17 AM

The offseason begins

Here’s a quick update on a few things revolving around the Huskies and the Pac-10:
Here’s our story today on a recruit Washington will have in for a visit next weekend, a JC guard from Florida named Blake Young.
First, however, he’s visiting Creighton and Kansas State this weekend. And Kansas State could be dangerous in this equation, as Bob Huggins has just been hired there and has big plans. The Wildcats were close to being a good team this season, anyway, and if you’ve read anything about that situation lately, you know that Huggins is rumored to have a good chance to bring in O.J. Mayo, generally considered the top recruit in the class of 2007. A kid like Young could be enticed by the thought of playing alongside Mayo.
The story also alludes to UW’s scholarship situation. If the Huskies get Young, it would put them one over the limit. But remember that those limits only matter once next fall rolls around. As Lorenzo Romar always tells us “these things have a way of working themselves out.” It’s most likely that Zach Johnson won’t be back on a basketball scholarship due to his injuries — he’d likely remain in school on a hardship scholarship. But that’s not something they would have to do until next fall when everyone arrives, so I’m not sure there would be immediate movement on that front.
— Here is Young’s profile on the school’s official site.
— Several people have asked what the Huskies do during the off-season.
What they are allowed to do right now is work in small groups with players through the rest of the school year. The other day, assistant coach Cameron Dollar was working with Justin Dentmon on a variety of ball-handling drills — Dentmon was dribbling up and down the court with balls in each hand, for instance. And Paul Fortier was on the court doing drills with Joe Wolfinger, who seems to always be working with one of the coaches on something.
Then the players will typically gather for an informal scrimmage — per NCAA rules, the coaches can’t be around for such games. On Tuesday, it was the eight returning scholarship guys other than Johnson, plus walk-on Brandon Burmeister, joined by incoming recruit Spencer Hawes.
Hawes looked great in the portion I watched, doing a left-right-left spin move to score — the finish coming with his left hand. Harvey Perry also looked real active, as did Wolfinger.
— Here’s a story on the first day of the Portsmouth Camp with some glowing words on the play of Bobby Jones.
— And here’s a story out of Eugene indicating that Jordan Kent might not be back with the basketball team next season if football works out.

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