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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

September 8, 2006 at 2:40 PM

Preseason hype begins

So I’m walking through the Denver airport on my way to Oklahoma for the football game Saturday and I see it — the first college basketball magazine of the year on the shelves.
That’s always a great day, even if in this case it wasn’t the one that I actually do a little writing for (I help do some stuff for Lindy’s).
Instead, the one I found was Athlon’s. There’s more than a little mention of the Huskies here, so I thought I’d break it down.
Athlon’s picks the Huskies third in the Pac-10 behind UCLA and Arizona. After Washington it’s Oregon, USC, California, Stanford, Oregon State, ASU and WSU.
“Spencer Hawes-led recruiting class keeps Washington in the upper division,”
the magazine states.
It also rates UW’s incoming recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10 and puts Hawes on its All-Pac-10 team, Justin Dentmon on its all Pac-10 third team and names Hawes as the conference Newcomer of the Year.
Their All-Pac-10 team is Hawes, Arron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (both of UCLA), Malik Hairston (Oregon) and Marcus Williams (Arizona).
Their second team is Jawann McClellan (Arizona), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU), Mustafa Shakur (Arizona), Ayinde Ubaka (Cal) and Nick Young (USC).
The third team is Dentmon, Aaron Brooks (Oregon), Alfred Aboya (UCLA), Chase Budinger (Arizona), and Sasa Cuic (Oregon State).
I’d probably switch Dentmon and Ubaka now that Ubaka doesn’t have Leon Powe to bail him out inside and I’m not so sure Jon Brockman won’t deserve to be on that list by the end of the season, though I understand why he’s not there now.
I think I’d also go with Nick Young ahead of Hairston.
They also name Aboya as the Most Underrated Player in the Conference and Mbah a Moute as tthe Best Defensive Player.
In their NCAA Tournament preview section, they list UW as a “two and out,” meaning they project the Huskies to win one game in the tournament and lose the second.
They have Arizona and UCLA each reaching the Elite Eight.
There’s also a little profile of Hawes in their 10 Things to Watch section, and they name Hawes as an honorable mention All-American and the seventh-best big man at being able to play “Inside-Out.”
A couple other fun notes:
— Ernie Kent is on their list of coaches on the hot seat, the only Pac-10 coach so mentioned. (Dan Monson is also on the list).
— While lauding Hairston in a few spots, they also include him on their national list of players who need to “Put up or Shut Up” — again, the only Pac-10 player mentioned.
— Lorrenzo Wade (remember him?) is on their list of top transfers. Wade is the swingman from Louisville who said he was transferring to UW a year ago before deciding instead to head to San Diego State. The only Pac-10 player on the list is another Duck — guard Churchill Odia, who will be eligible this year after leaving Xavier. (Micah Downs is also on the list).
— They have Oregon making it to the NCAA Tournament as a “one and done” with USC and Cal in the NIT.
We’ll break down Lindy’s picks later.

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