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July 8, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Official 2011-12 Washington roster released

Washington released its official 2011-12 roster complete with jersey numbers, heights and weights.
The only exception from the 14-man lineup is newly signed Shawn Kemp Jr. (6-9 and 265), who plans to wear No. 40 next season.
There’s nothing about the roster that really jumps off the page, but an interesting observation is the height of the players. The shortest are 6 foot 2 freshmen guards Hikeem Stewart and Andrew Andrews.
Haven’t had a chance to breakdown every roster over the past decade, but this team is probably the tallest in the Lorenzo Romar era.
Romar and I talked about this weeks ago and he said when he began at UW in 2002, he was unable to bring in many of his type of players early on because he didn’t have many available scholarships in the first few years. The Huskies also weren’t as successful as they’ve been lately and UW wasn’t a destination spot even among Northwest recruits.
But that appears to be changing.
I still remember the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 defeat to West Virginia last year when Romar admitted UW needed taller players if it was going to consistently compete among the elite in college basketball game.
Here’s a look at the players signed since that 69-56 loss to the Mountaineers:
7-0 center Aziz N’Diaye
6-6 guard Terrence Ross
6-10 forward Jernard Jarreau
6-5 guard Tony Wroten Jr.
6-2 Stewart
6-2 Andrews
6-8 Martin Breunig
6-9 Shawn Kemp Jr.
Note: Desmond Simmons signed early in the 2009-10 season.
A few more tidbits about the roster.
— Two players (Gant and Simmons) are from California, which is a hotbed for Pac-12 recruiting.
— Two players (Wroten and Stewart) hail from Seattle public schools, which is the first since the 2004-05 season.
— Stewart is the lightest player at 175 pounds.
Abdul Gaddy lost 10 pounds and C.J. Wilcox shed five from last season. Darnell Gant, Ross and Simmons added five pounds.
— Wroten originally planned to wear No. 1, but chose 14.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN
PG: Gaddy, Wroten, Stewart and Andrews
SG: Ross, Scott Suggs and Wilcox
SF: Simmons and Jarreau
PF: Gant, Kemp, Breunig and Brendan Sherrer
C: N’Daiye
UPDATED/CORRECTED: 8:50 A.M.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:


— Here’s our story on Kemp with fresh quotes from Romar and Gant and a breakdown of the six incoming freshmen.
— Arizona released its 2011-12 summer prospectus and coach Sean Miller admits the defending conference champions will look different without MVP Derrick Williams and point guard Lamont ‘MoMo’ Jones.
ESPN profiles Arizona State freshman guard Jahii Carson and the video interview and story provides a glimpse of his effervescent personality. Carson is the only high school player to make the USA under-19 world championship team.
— Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins signed a two-year contract extension.
— Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson shatters the square after a ferocious dunk in Skopje, Macedonia. He needed to receive 20 stitches.
— It’s a little old, but here’s a nice story on Oregon senior Jeremy Jacob, a 6-8 forward, who is on the comeback trail after two knee surgeries.
— The Arizona Republic spoke with Colorado coach Tad Boyle who talked about Buffaloes chances of competing in the new Pac-12.
— Big weekend in the California Bay Area in which a NCAA-sanctioned basketball tournament will draw high-profile recruits including about 50 college coaches.
— Here’s a few notes from the LeBron James Skills Academy.
— Former UW star Matthew Bryan-Amaning will play in Turkey next season.
— Former UCLA stars Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee expressed no regret after slipping into the second round of the NBA draft.
— And finally, here’s a video highlight package (below) of Kemp.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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