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February 13, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Dentmon continues his rise

One thing I overlooked last night is that Justin Dentmon’s 28 points moved him past Nate Robinson on UW’s all-time career scoring list.
Dentmon now has 1,295 points (Robinson had 1,283 in three seasons), and he actually also passed Andra Griffin (who had 1,294) and is now 18th.
Dentmon could reasonably score another 150 points this season; if he did so, he could move up as high as 12th on the list and pass Detlef Schrempf (who has 1,449). And depending on how much he scores and how many games UW plays the rest of the way, Dentmon could maybe sneak his way into the top 10 and pass Brandon Roy, who is 11th with 1,477 points, Doug Smart is 10th with 1,478 and Deon Luton, ninth with 1,488.
Pretty heady company for a player whose future role here seemed in question a year ago.
Last night’s big game, in fact, improved Dentmon’s conference scoring average to 18.8 per game, second only to James Harden of Arizona State, who is at 19.5.
I think Harden took a big step to earning the conference Player of the Year honors with his game last night (and I also still think Darren Collison has a great shot at it depending on the final standings). I’m not sure how much of a chance Dentmon really has at it.
That he was even in the picture was a hot topic a week ago; however, that conversation muted a bit when Dentmon struggled in the Bay Area, going 6 of 17 in two games with 22 points.
That led to the obvious question whether all that talk was in Dentmon’s head last weekend.
“No, it wasn’t in my head,” he said after last night’s game. “I think it was in their heads (meaning Stanford and Cal, which he felt paid more attention to him than in previous games).”
Dentmon also said he just simply had an off night at Cal, rushing a few shots. He also did a lot of defensive work in that game guarding Patrick Christopher and helping hold him to three points.
Stanford, he pointed out, is one team he just hasn’t played well against this year — his only single-digit scoring games of the conference season have come against the Cardinal as he was 4 of 11 for nine points in the first meeting in Seattle, 3 of 5 for eight points last Saturday in Palo Alto after running into early foul trouble.
Last night, he said, “I just tried to be patient.”
A word that might well define his entire career here.

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