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May 16, 2006 at 11:53 AM

Odds and ends

Clearing out the notebook on a Tuesday morning:
• In case you didn’t see it, here’s the latest on the schedule for next year.
The only downside is that this tournament likely won’t feature any big-name teams. As the story indicates, Pepperdine and Illinois State are two possible foes and any others are likely to be of a similar nature.
Aside from this tournament, the Huskies will also host LSU and play at Gonzaga and are still attempting to line up a marquee team for a road game during the conference season. The Huskies have also signed a deal to play Montana next year at home.
• One blog reader asked a question about Jamelle McMillan, the son of Nate McMillan. Lo and behold, a couple of days later the Seattle Times’ Steve Kelley wrote a column about McMillan that includes his thoughts on possible colleges.
As the story indicates, UW’s not in the picture right now.
• One blog reader asked whether Bobby Jones has an agent, pointing out that one of the draft sites didn’t list an agent for Jones. Jones does have an agent, Joel Bell, based out of Washington D.C. Bell is a veteran agent who has handled Voshon Lenard, Steve Blake and Vonteego Cummings, among others.
Jones continues to work out regularly at UW with Tom Newell while taking classes to finish his degree — he should be done in June. Newell told me this week that Jones is going to “open a lot of people’s eyes” with his improved ability to shoot from the outside and ballhandling — the two things Jones has been concentrating on during pre-draft workouts. Jones is headed out of town later this week to conduct interviews with a few NBA teams.
• Phil Nelson should learn the results of his most recent SAT by next week. But word is he’s likely to be eligible anyway if his current high school academic work stays on track.
Speaking of track, Nelson turned out for the McNary High track and field team for the first time and has been turning in some impressive performances. He has been participating in the high jump, triple jump, 200 and 400 and has qualified for the district meet in the first three events, consistently winning both jump events in dual meets. He recently won one meet with a 6-4 high jump and a 39-10 triple jump.
As one person said of Nelson’s exploits “that’s a freak athlete to never run track in your life and be able to do that.”
• Here’s a story about Adrian Oliver’s exploits in an All-Star game over the weekend. Just additional fuel to the thought that Oliver will be a big-time contributor for the Huskies next season.
• Reports about the possible interest in UW by Kyle Singler, the highly touted forward from South Medford, Ore., have been all over the place. But here’s a report in the Medford Mail Tribune on Tuesday that indicates that while UW may not be at the top of Singler’s list, he is still considering the Huskies. Enough so that he will be taking an unofficial visit to UW on June 14.
Also interesting to note is that Singler will be trying out for the national U-18 team that will be coached by Lorenzo Romar.
One blog reader asked recently whether coaching that team will help UW’s recruiting much. Remember that most of the players involved are freshmen-to-be who have already signed with a college. But there will be a few high school players involved such as Singler, so Romar certainly will have access to them. But I don’t think recruiting is the main purpose of coaching such teams and there are other college coaches helping out with the team as well, notably Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt.
• Here’s a story that notes some of the other coaches who will be involved with the U-18 team, as well.
Keep the e-mails coming. It’s a great way to know what direction to take the blog during the off-season.



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