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February 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Jon Brockman — MVP

Nothing is official and the Huskies didn’t hold the postseason awards banquet today, but just for kicks I thought I’d ask coach Lorenzo Romar who he felt was the UW’s MVP.
It’s been a topic of debate this season because four players could legitimately make a strong case for the distinction.
Justin Dentmon took over the team’s scoring lead after Thursday’s big 73-70 overtime victory against Arizona State. The senior guard is averaging 15.8 points, he’s second in the Pac-10 in conference scoring (18.3 ppg) and is perhaps the UW’s most clutch performer.
Isaiah Thomas may have fallen into a bit of shooting slump lately, but he held the scoring lead until Dentmon wrestled it away Thursday. He’s 22 points shy of passing Spencer Hawes for the UW freshman scoring record, he’s led the UW in scoring eight times and he is possibly the proverbial missing piece to a championship puzzle. Last season, the Huskies were 16-17.
Quincy Pondexter might have single handedly won two games (at Standford and at USC) and he’s hit his scoring stride lately, seven straight games in double digits. During this span, he’s averaging 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and shooting .600 from the field.
— And then there’s Jon Brockman. The All-America candidate is flying under the radar while his teammates garner the limelight. His scoring is down almost three points – 14.9 ppg from 17.8 – however his rebounding (11.3 rpg) and FG shooting (.526) is relatively the same as last season. Brockman has led the UW in scoring 9 times and rebounding 19 times.
***CORRECTION FROM AN ORIGINAL POST*** Brockman and not Dentmon is tied with Eldridge Recasner at 1,700 points for fourth place on the UW’s all-time career scoring list.
I thought Romar would give an evasive response to the MVP question, however, he made it clear Brockman is not only the UW’s best player, but he also deserves a strong look for conference player of the year.
Said Romar: “I think many people take Jon Brockman for granted. I think you talk about a guy with 56 double doubles in his career. We watch film of one of our guys putting himself in position to shoot and no one is helping, not because they’re going to drop it off to Jon, but because they’re running over to box him out and we haven’t even shot the ball yet. You can just see it and then you realize how much that opens up your offense.
“He’s constantly coming at you. And you’re talking about an MVP or Player of the Year in the conference. A lot of people talk about James Harden and wow is he a load. We know that. But when you talk about the leadership, you’d be hard pressed to find another leader in this conference that leads his team like Jon Brockman does. It’s unbelievable.
“How many players of the week have we had this year? It’s like we somehow threw this all up in the air and it came down and we’re in first place today. No. Jon Brockman has a lot to do with that. And you take him away from what we’re doing.
“We go to (USC) and he doesn’t score very much, but man he battled his tail off on the boards, had 14 rebounds. He’s banging with the other team’s big guy the whole time.
“I’ve been in drills and I’ve run across him – I haven’t told him this, but goodness gracious – I mean it’s like somebody threw a refrigerator at you. And you’re constantly getting pounded by him. He wears people down. I just think because he is not a big dunker and is not flashy and doesn’t hit a lot of threes, people take him for granted. Sorry. I’m long-winded on this one. I’ve watched him for too long. I’m also realizing he’s not going to be here anymore. Dog! (laughter)”
And just when you thought Romar was finished, he added this when talking about the Huskies’ chemistry.
“I go back to Jon Brockman. When your best player is your hardest worker and practices every day as if he’s trying to earn a scholarship and is your most selfless player – he is our most selfless player – then it’s going to rub off.
“And someone can say, well Darnell Gant seems pretty selfless. Well, if Darnell Gant was an All-American candidate and he wasn’t getting shots, I wonder how he’d be. I think he’d be OK because he is pretty selfless. But you’re talking about Jon Brockman who at times has taken 4 or 6 shots in a game because the defense has just collapsed on him, and he’s out smiling and laughing and cheering guys on and diving for balls. That is special! That doesn’t happen very much today. It’s all about me. How quick can I get to the league and all that. I’m not getting enough touches.
“Jon has been here four years and he’s never talked to me about touches. Not one time. Nor has his parents. (laughter) Which is even more of a miracle.”
I get the feeling Romar is going to miss Brockman next season.

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