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Husky Men's Basketball

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

August 27, 2007 at 9:38 PM

A few notes

The Huskies left for Greece today and are scheduled to arrive in Athens tomorrow.
Here’s the schedule from GoHuskies.com and that is where you can go for results. (I’ll also post them here but all I’ll be able to do is get them from there. But I’ll try to comment on them here).
I also wrote this story today in anticipation of the trip focusing on the return and addition, respectively, of Joel Smith and Tim Morris and what they may mean to this year’s team.
I talked to each for a while on Friday. Here are a few notes and quotes that didn’t make it in the paper.
Smith on his thoughts on this year’s team: “We’ve definitely got a lot more depth on the outside wings and a lot more strength. Me and Tim are some bigger guys and Quincy (Pondexter) is bulked up and Adrian (Oliver) has improved. Everybody has improved, body-wise and game-wise, and just by throwing me andd Tim back in there with some of our experience will definitely help our team out in every direction.”
Smith said he has played only two or three games since last year, all in a summer college league in the Los Angeles area, so he’s really looking forward to the games in Greece: “I can’t wait. Once I get out there I’ll be fine. I might be a tad rusty but that will go away real quick.”
Morris, meanwhile, talked about his regiment of 500 shots a day every day this summer. He said he started out with 70 15-footers, then 70 three-pointers, then 30 free throws, then 50-70 mid-range jumpers off the dribble, then the same number of mid-range jumpers on the move, and then back out to three for another 70.
Morris said it was the most concentrated work he has ever done on his shooting and is convinced it will make him a better outside shooter, which was one of the question marks about his game at Stanford.
His value to the Huskies has already been proven in his being elected a captain by teammates
“I was just being me,” he said. “It’s definitely an honor. I think my teammates respect me. I’m one of the older guys on the team so they joke around and call me Papa Tim.”

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