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Husky Men's Basketball

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

July 23, 2008 at 10:10 PM

A little more summer review

As noted elsewhere, I haven’t made it out to UW for any of the practice runs this week, and with football and some other duties starting up (hydros, anyone?) my opportunities to do so may be limited for a little while.
But I know those reports are a popular item, so fortunately I corresponded with one person who has seen a few more than I have recently and that person supplied some insight I was given the okay to share with all of you.
So here goes:
— One of the most interesting things of late is a change in how the team conducts its games. They usually play to 10 or whatever. Now, they are playing to nine, and the team that reaches it first has to hit two free throws to seal it. Miss, and that team goes back to eight and the game is live. This is obviously an attempt at addressing the free throw issue of last year. Am told Venoy Overton clinched a game today by making a bucket, and then two free throws.
— Speaking of Overton, he’s made no secret that improving his outside shoot is a priority this off-season. Sounds as if it’s paying off a little bit as his shot is said to be a little more consistent than last season.
— As noted previously, the biggest revelation in the game of Isaiah Thomas has been his ability to pass. Am told he was on the same side as Jon Brockman today and that it was a combo that worked well on the run, and that he also threw down a “big-time” dunk on another break.
— In the eyes of this observer, the freshman besides Thomas who appears readiest to contribute is Elston Turner, who is showing a quick release on his outside shot and playing good defense.
— Brockman is apparently quickly moving past the ankle injury and surgery.
Justin Holiday and Darnell Gant have impressed with their athleticism of late (read, some nice dunks), Holiday also flashing a bit of defense.
Bobby Jones apparently stopped by today but didn’t play. However, another ex-Husky, Jamaal Williams, did step in for a while.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning said goodbye to his teammates today as he is now off to England to play for the national U-20 team there. He could be gone for two months or so but will be back in time for the start of school and the season.
All for now.

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