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Husky Men's Basketball

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September 28, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Lindy’s picks UW fifth

In our second installment of reviewing the season preview magazines so you don’t have to, we’ll today look at Lindy’s.
(And a brief personal note — I write some stories for Lindy’s every year but I do not have anything to do with making predictions or All-Conference or All-American selections, decisions that are left to others).
Lindy’s picks the Huskies to finish fifth in the Pac-10 this season and to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.
“Brockman and all that depth will lead the Huskies back into the NCAA Tourney,” is the ultimate conclusion of the Lindy’s assessment. In its “good news” take on UW, Lindy’s writes that “Jon Brockman returns at power forward; there isn’t a deeper squad in the conference.” In its “bad news” take on UW, Lindy’s writes “returning players shot a collective 57.4 percent on free throws last season.”
Lindy’s picks the Pac-10 this way:
1, UCLA
2, Arizona State
3, Arizona
4, USC
5, Washington
6, Washington State
7, Cal
8, Oregon
9, Stanford
10, Oregon State
Brockman is on the five-man all-conference team along with UCLA’s Darren Collison, ASU’s James Harden, Arizona’s Chase Budinger and USC’s Taj Gibson. He is the only Husky named to any of the three five-man all-conference teams.
Collison is named the Player of the Year.
Brockman is named Top Rebounder.
Brockman is also named as the third-best power forward in the country, with the comment “the best low-post presence in the Pac-10.”
Otherwise, that’s about it for mention of UW, other than the full-page preview of the Huskies.
The Pac-10 is rated as the third-best conference in the country after the Big East and the ACC with the comment “not as strong as last season, but the slip isn’t monumental.”
In one ex-Husky note, Phil Nelson is listed as one of 10 transfers to watch this season. The comment notes that “a lot of scouts thought Nelson was the nation’s best long-range shooter when he was a Portland-area prep star a couple of years ago. He spent a season at Washington sitting, so now he’ll put the jump shot on display while trying to help his new program get a second consecutive spot in the NCAA Tournament.”

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