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June 1, 2006 at 2:49 PM

Recruiting, drafting, scheduling

Sounds like Brandon Roy will work out Friday for the Charlotte Bobcats — who have the No. 3 pick in the draft.
And what an interesting workout it could be.
As this story from the Charlotte Observer reports, the team is hoping to have Roy and UConn’s Rudy Gay in to work out together.
I don’t think I need to remind readers of this board what happened between those two during the Sweet 16 game in March (though just in case, it was Gay with whom Roy got into a brief tussle and was assessed a technical foul, sending him to the bench with four fouls early in the second half).
Wonder if Charlotte knew about that history before arranging the workout.
This story also reports that Roy will work out with Portland on June 15, again along with Gay and also with Adam Morrison of Gonzaga.
I’d pay to see that one (and maybe the Blazers should let us do that, given their current state).
That story also reports that Bobby Jones was scheduled to work out with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.
However, this report from the Raptors’ official site indicates that Jones wasn’t there on Thursday. As I wrote here earlier, these workouts tend to be arranged on the fly and who is where and when can change at a moment’s notice.
• Here are two more stories about Roy: this from Chicago writer Sam Smith who reports that Bulls fans want the team to take Roy with the No. 2 pick overall and this, a mock draft from ESPN in which Chad Ford says Roy “would be a favorite for Rookie of the Year.”
• What the Huskies hope will be their newest addition arrives for a recruiting visit this weekend: forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning a native of England who is attending school in Connecticut.
He’s a 6-8 forward who, according to one scout who has seen him play, has a body type similar to Artem Wallace.
“He’s a four (power forward) who’s closer to a three (small forward) than a five (center),” this scout said, adding that “he’s maybe a little more versatile” than some of UW’s other forwards, who are more of the four-five ilk. “He’s more of a skilled front-court guy.”
It’s thought that the real battle for Bryan-Amaning will be between UW and Pitt — he is close with Gilbert Brown, a former high school teammate who has signed with Pitt and will play for the Panthers this year. Wake Forest is also in the picture.
It’s also thought that Bryan-Amaning won’t commit immediately — meaning, he’s likely to leave town without having deciding anything — but could make up his mind by July.

Nelson qualifies

There are no more worries about the eligibility status of any of Washington’s incoming freshmen as forward Phil Nelson has received a qualifying test score and will be able to enroll at UW this fall.
Nelson, the last of UW’s four incoming freshmen who needed to achieve qualifying status, just recently learned of the qualifying test score after retaking the SAT again a few weeks ago, according to his coach at McNary High School, Jim Litchfield.
“He’s coming up there, so that’s good,” said Litchfield.
Getting a passing test score capped off a solid spring for Nelson, who also participated in track for the first time and finished ninth in the high jump at 6-2 after earlier clearing 6-8, as this story here details.
Litchfield said Nelson may participate in one more track meet this Saturday in an attempt to break the school record of 6-9.
But after that, he will turn his attention back to basketball – he is expected to come to Seattle later this month to enroll in summer school and begin working out.
“He’s excited to play basketball again because he’s been doing so much track,” Litchfield said.
• In case you missed it, here’s our story on Northern Iowa becoming the latest team to commit to play in UW’s season-opening tournament, the Basketball Travelers Classic, Nov. 12-14. Pepperdine will also play in the tournament with one more team needed to fill out the four-team field in what will be a round-robin event, assuring each team of three games.
Northern Iowa has advanced to the NCAA tournament each of the past three years, so while it may not carry a marquee name, it figures to bring a tough team to Seattle that will present a solid challenge for a young Husky squad that will still be finding its way.
And there’s one slightly interesting UW connection with Northern Iowa — it’s the school Shane Fortney transferred to in 1997 to play his final collegiate season as a quarterback.
• The Huskies continue to need two more games for their regular schedule as well. They hope to secure a deal to play at Missouri during the Pac-10 season — with the Tigers returning the game the following season — and are looking for one more nonconference opponent early in the year.



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