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July 23, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Recruiting notes, and more

A few notes and answers to pass along. …
— First, this is another big recruiting week for college coaches — I know UW has the full allowed complement of three out on the road right now. Head coach Lorenzo Romar is in Las Vegas, where there are three big tournaments being held at once. Rivals.com has a nice breakdown of each tournament, with links to tournament home pages and other info.
Jeff Goodman of Fox has this wrapup of the first day, including calling UW target Avery Bradley “the best perimeter defender in the country. Rivals also has this review of the first day.
I’ll try to keep tabs on any UW-related developments from the tournaments and pass them on here.
— MT Husky wanted to know if I plan on passing along any more practice reports or stories on the freshmen. Yes, I plan to do a few more this off-season. But there’s a lot of off-season, so I don’t want to do everything all at once. Most of the basketball players will be enrolled in the next quarter of summer school — many are also working at the team’s camps next month — so most will be around.
— One who won’t is Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who is leaving this week for England to play for the national U-20 team there. One reader wanted to know if I’d written anything about it. I wrote a little about it here and also in other blog pieces and I’ll try to pass along what I can from his games with the team. I talked with MBA about it for a while but this is one of those stories in which there will be a lot more to tell once he starts playing — right now, what he mostly knows is that he’s excited to get a chance. I will add that I don’t understand any criticism of Romar for letting him play. I don’t see how the injury risk is any greater playing in this than in the two-hour pickup games he’d have at UW every day. Guess you could argue there is a little risk of getting worn down. But MBA is at a stage where he is just beginning to really develop his game and it would seem to be that this kind of high-level experience could only be a positive for the Huskies. More to the point, it would be insane to expect a college coach to deny a player like Bryan-Amaning a chance to represent his country in an Olympics staged in his native city.
— Here’s a Pac-10 note, as former Cougar Derrick Low is apparently headed to Australia.
All for now.

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