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Husky Men's Basketball

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

April 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

UW is older, but are the Huskies better?

CORRECTED, UPDATED: 1:41 p.m.
Terrence Ross, 21, and Tony Wroten Jr., who celebrates his 19th birthday next week, were two of Washington’s youngest players last season. Both have left the program and will enter the NBA draft.
It remains to be seen if the Huskies will be better next season, but the recent subtractions and addition to the roster gives them one of their oldest teams in recent memory.
Washington will have seven players who will be at least 21 before the 2012-13 season ends.
Name ……………………… Age
Aziz N’Diaye ……………… 24 in May
Scott Suggs ……………….. 23 in November
Mark McLaughlin ………… 22 in April
C.J. Wilcox ………………… 22 in December
Shawn Kemp Jr. …………… 21 in June
Abdul Gaddy ……………… 21 in January 2013
Martin Breunig ……………. 21 in February 2013
Desmond Simmons ……….. 20
Jernard Jarreau …………….. 20 in August
Austin Seferian-Jenkins ….. 20 in September
Hikeem Stewart …………… 20 in November
Andrew Andrews …………. 19 in May
Last season coach Lorenzo Romar often cited Washington’s youth and inexperience as reasons for its inconsistent performances.
Well it seems silly to suggest, but what a difference a year will make.
Next season Suggs will have spent five years at UW and Wilcox three. Gaddy will be a four or 3 1/2-year starter if you factor in a season-ending injury as a sophomore. N’Diaye will be a three-year starter. McLaughlin has Division I experience and only two Huskies (Andrews and Jarreau) have not played in a college game.
That’s a stark contrast from last season when nine UW players were making their debut.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Here’s Washington’s 2011-12 end of the season press release, which recaps the 24-11 campaign.
— Here’s a link to a seven-minute McLaughlin highlight video that includes a KJR radio interview with his Tacoma Community College coach Carl Howell.
Jerry Brewer asks who will have a better NBA career: Ross or Wroten?
— Washington State coach Ken Bone expects Brock Motum to return for his senior year and is unsure if incoming freshmen Demarquise Johnson and Richard Peters will be eligible next season.
Adam Zagoria believes Washington is still in the mix for Alex Oriakhi. However, his father told Hearst Connecticut Media Group the junior forward who is transferring from UConn will visit North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Missouri. Oriakhi is also reportedly interested in Xavier, Ohio State and UNC-Charlotte.
— Utah is suffering from mass defections. The Utes lost junior forward Dijon Farr, a junior-college transfer who started 24 games last season in his year with the team. He’s the seventh scholarship player who won’t return following a 6-25 season.
Arizona is going to the Bahamas in August for a six-day trip to play two exhibition games. The trip gives the Wildcats 10 extra practices this summer. Arizona’s four incoming freshmen, ranked the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, will also be able to play in the Bahama games.
— Pac-12 MVP Jorge Gutierrez, Oregon’s Devoe Joseph and Arizona’s Kyle Fogg are playing in the Portsmouth Invitational, which begins next week.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Mark McLaughlin

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