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September 21, 2006 at 10:03 AM

Counting them up

I think we’ve all known for a year or so that Zach Johnson would never play a minute for UW. But now that it’s official that he’s moving off a basketball scholarship, there’s a little more clarity to the roster.
So let’s take a look at where it stands for the next few years:
2006-07 roster
Scholarship players
SENIORS
F — Hans Gasser
JUNIORS
G — Joel Smith
G — Ryan Appleby
SOPHOMORES
G — Justin Dentmon
F — Jon Brockman
F — Artem Wallace
FRESHMEN
G — Harvey Perry
C — Joe Wolfinger
C — Spencer Hawes
F — Quincy Pondexter
F — Phil Nelson
G — Adrian Oliver
REDSHIRTING
G — Tim Morris
WALK-ON
G Brandon Burmeister (senior)
SCHOLARSHIP TOTAL — 13.
Comment: That is the exact limit and nothing figures to change now.
07-08 roster
SENIORS
Joel Smith
Ryan Appleby
Tim Morris
JUNIORS
Justin Dentmon
Jon Brockman
Artem Wallace
SOPHOMORES
Harvey Perry
Joe Wolfinger
Spencer Hawes
Quincy Pondexter
Phil Nelson
Adrian Oliver
FRESHMEN
G – Isaiah Thomas
F – Matthew Bryan-Amaning
TOTAL 14.
Comment: Morris has apparently agreed that he will be a walk-on if needed, so that drops the count to the allowable 13 assuming all the rest remains the same.
However, as just about anyone reading this board is aware, the Huskies are still actively recruiting for this class and seem certain to take at least one more player, which would again put the Huskies over the limit.

I talked with Lorenzo Romar for a while the other day for this story that ran in Thursday’s Seattle Times that includes all you need to know about Midnight Madness and the team’s current injury situation, most of which has been touched on here before, as well.
When I asked him about his scholarship situation he said what he always says — “We never sign unless we know we are going to have a scholarship.”
So if the Huskies do sign another player for the class of 2007-08, it’s because the coaches know — or are assuming — something is going to happen.
Most likely, it’s that Hawes is leaving after this season for the NBA. I’m sure there are other possibilities as well. But while everyone can hope Hawes loves it so much here that he decides to stick around for another year or two, the lure of the NBA will be hard to turn down if he is indeed a top-5 pick, as everyone figures he will be.

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