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December 11, 2009 at 12:17 AM

Replacing Jon Brockman; Enes Kanter, links and a pick

For Friday’s newspaper, wrote about Jon Brockman and the Huskies’ efforts to forge a new identity without their iconic captain of the past three years, who left an indelible imprint on Washington basketball.
Quincy Pondexter summed up this story best when he said: “When you’ve been the leader and captain of a team for three years like that, what you used to do, your personality rubs off. We’re still a scrappy team that hustles and does all of the little things right. That’s part of Jon’s legacy.”
A quick word on the illustration. This is one of the early drafts created by Times assistant sports editor Jon Fisch and the photo staff. We don’t normally post illustrations here. In fact, I think it’s a first.
Still, it looks pretty cool if you ask me.
— Turkish recruit Enes Kanter, who verbally committed to UW, scored 32 points and had 21 rebounds to lead Stoneridge Prep in a victory last week against Rise Academy from Philadelphia. Prep coach Derryck “Tank” Thornton said Kanter may visit the Huskies in Anaheim this weekend.
Kanter missed the early signing period in November so his next chance to make the commitment official is April 14, 2010, the National Letter of Intent Day. The regular period ends May 19, 2010.
— The Huskies landed in Anaheim, Calif. Thursday night a day after Georgetown. The Hoyas took a cross-country flight following Tuesday’s game in New York at the Jimmy V Classic and arrived Wednesday to avoid jet lag.
— The four teams in the John Wooden Classic (UCLA and Mississippi State are the others) will practice today at the Honda Center. Coach will be available during an afternoon press conference. I’ll post any relevant notes.
— If you haven’t bookmarked Mike Tokito’s blog in The Oregonian, then you should. It’s a daily must read. Thursday’s post examined which is the top player in the Pac-10 and took a look at WSU’s Klay Thompson, Stanford’s Landry Fields and Pondexter.
— Former Husky Joe Wolfinger, who transferred to the Citadel, scored in double digits in each of the first seven games and was averaging 15.1 points per game. Lately he’s slowed down. In the past four games, he’s averaging 5.7 points and hasn’t scored more than 7.
— In case you missed it, former Husky Harvey Perry was suspended indefinitely by Colorado State for academic reasons on Nov. 24. The senior guard hasn’t returned yet and in four games he’s averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.
— On its pay site, reports UW offered a scholarship to ShaBazz Muhammad, 6-4 a sophomore wing at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas. He said he’s received offers from: Kansas, Texas, UNLV, UCLA, San Diego State, USC, Oregon State, Washington, Louisville, and Wake Forest.
— No Pac-10 games last night so let’s get to the only matchup tonight.
Friday’s game: Idaho State at USC, 7:30 p.m.
My pick: USC
— I need to check on a few logistics, but let’s do a Live Chat following Saturday’s 11 a.m. game. Check back to make sure we’re still on, but I think that would be fun. At least there should be plenty to talk about.

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