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April 12, 2006 at 10:58 AM

Off-season meanderings

OK, I’ll see if anybody’s still out there.
I plan to update the blog at least once a week during the offseason, and more often when there is news (such as around draft time).
Here are a few news items rolling around this week:
• Brandon Roy has signed an agent. This story here reports it, and I also had heard it through a UW source. Arn Tellem is one of the most respected agents around, so this sounds like a good move.
• The NCAA’s Management Council has given approval to a proposal that will allow schools to play in preseason tournaments every year instead of just two times every four years.
The final approval, as the story notes, is April 27. Once this goes through, expect the Huskies to begin working on hosting a tournament next year as it is too late to get in any of the big-name preseason tournaments in Alaska, Hawaii, etc. It’ll probably be along the lines of this year’s BCA Classic, with at least one or two big-name teams in the mix.
So far, UW has six set games for next season — at Gonzaga and home to Louisiana State, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Portland State and Sacramento State. They need three more regular games, plus whatever they can get in a tournament. Washington is trying to schedule at least one more road game against a big-name team but has had attempts to get the likes of Duke, Georgia Tech and Connecticut go awry. One of the problems is that teams that make the trip out here would like to play two games. But there obviously aren’t a lot of other options, especially for finding games against an easily beatable team. The Huskies have become so good that a lot of teams also simply don’t want to play them right now.
• Several people have asked for a general assessment of how Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams did at the Portsmouth Invitational.
Here’s what I heard — Jones played really well, making the all-tournament team, and will be invited to the NBA Pre-Draft Camp, which this year is in Orlando, June 6-10, rather than its traditional site of Chicago. The one thing to remember about Portsmouth, however, is that almost no one who figures to be a first-round pick is there. So being the best at that camp means mostly being the best of likely second-rounders. Still, that’s good news for Jones, who just needs a chance to get in a camp. Sounds as if he played great defense, diving on the floor. In short, he did all the little things that endeared him to everyone here, things sure to make him an attractive player for some NBA team to take a chance on.
As for Jamaal, word is most scouts came away thinking what they already thought — that he’s a nice college player but whose height prevents him from being a real NBA prospect. Expect Jamaal to end up overseas, where he will probably have a great career as a low-post scorer.
• Finally, wondering what kind of enthusiasm there would be out there for us to add football to this blog, as well, turning it into a football-basketball blog? We started this as a strictly basketball blog this season, knowing the team would be good and there would be a lot of interest. The football team, obviously, isn’t doing quite as well right now. Still, we’re considering it and I’d like to know what you think. Any feedback would be appreciated.



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