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Husky Men's Basketball

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

June 3, 2009 at 10:27 AM

June answers, volume one

Off with what I think is our first-ever set of basketball Q-and-A’s — long overdue, no doubt:
Q: With all this talk about Jon Brockman going to the NBA combine and former
Husky players doing well in NBA D-League this year, arises a question. Do NBA D-Leaguers make money? And If so how much?

A: Well, of course they make some money as no one is going to do that for free. But it’s not a lot, which is why you see guys go to Europe. There’s much more money to be made over there. According to this blog entry from the D-League itself, players make roughly $30,000 for a five-month season. European salaries are much more than that. But the advantage to the D-League is being in the United States and being in the pipeline to get called up to the NBA. When players do get called up, they get at least the NBA minimum, pro-rated or how long they are there.
Q: Do the Dawgs have any plans to play in that Maui holiday tournament? The gym is so small a fan (maybe me!) would be almost on the floor in any seat.
A: Yes, as was announced last fall, the Huskies will play in that tournament in 2010. Here’s the list with details and full field. Teams have to be invited to play in those tournaments, and the tournaments like to change up the fields, so it’s not something you can count on every year. UW hasn’t been in a Hawaii tournament since 1999.
Q: I’m curious about Lorenzo Romar’s philosophy on having walk-ons on the team. We haven’t had any on the team for a couple years and prior to that, the ones we had I think were already on the roster when Romar was hired. Some of the other Pac-10 teams seem to have several on their roster but the Huskies don’t have any. Some teams even have try-outs for walk-ons but the Huskies don’t. So can you shed any light on why we don’t have walk-ons? I know Romar can’t promise them playing time but you think it would help to have the extra bodies in practices.
A: Your observation about UW not having any walk-ons in recent years is a good one, but it’s not true that the team has not invited any since Romar was coach. In fact, I think all of the guys who were popular walk-ons a few years ago — Zane Potter, Brandon Burmeister — were brought aboard by Romar. I read the comment by a reader in response to this and that guy hit it on the head. Romar doesn’t want to just fill out the bench for the sake of having bodies down there. He wants walk-ons who he thinks can contribute in some meaningful way, be it on the floor or in practice. As the head coach, he obviously has the right to construct the roster how he sees it best. He has mentioned in the past that walk-ons usually promise they will do anything just to be part of the team, but once part of the team, inevitably complain about playing time. He said that once in relation to Potter, who he said was a walk-on who never did complain about anything and truly was happy just to do whatever was asked. Teams that don’t have a full complement of 13 scholarship guys are often the ones that tend to have more walk-ons, inviting guys aboard to help with practice. But UW has had a full complement of 13 most of the time under Romar, so I don’t think he thinks that has been an issue. As for try-outs for walk-ons, I thought UW has done that under Romar at times. But again, as the head coach, he can do it how he wants.
All for now.

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