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August 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Abdul Gaddy leads UW in exhibition opener

Abdul Gaddy vs. Tarragona.jpg
Photo credit: University of Washington
It’s difficult to know what to take away from Washington’s 68-65 win over Tarragona in its exhibition opener. The Huskies trailed 40-32 at the half against the third division pro team in Spain.
However, they took control with a 22-7 third quarter and held on for the victory.
Here’s a few things from the box score that jump out at me.
— Senior co-captain Abdul Gaddy (above, left) collected six rebounds, which was the most among the starters. One of the backcourt players will have to rebound they way Terrence Ross did last season. Ross averaged just 2.8 boards as a freshman, but last year he improved to 6.8. Someone will need to make a similar improvement. Gaddy averaged 2.6 rebounds last season and his career-high is seven. None of the UW guards have been big-time rebounders in the past, but if the Huskies play a three-guard lineup then that’s going to have to change.
— On the surface, 28 turnovers is an awful lot of mistakes. But UW is breaking in a new read-and-react offense and it’s playing overseas where officials are a stickler for traveling violations. Gaddy had seven turnovers, but he’s a sure-handed ball-handler so that’s probably an anomaly as opposed to a start of a bad trend.
— Speaking of bad trends. Washington converted 12 of 21 (57 percent) of its free throws. Scott Suggs missed two in the final minutes.
— Another note about the free throws. It looks as if two of UW’s top scorers (C.J. Wilcox and Suggs) had difficulty drawing fouls, which doesn’t bode well for the Huskies. They need to get to the line and make the game easier for themselves and the team. Both attempted just two shots and it sounds as if Suggs was intentionally fouled when time was running out and Tarragona needed to stop the clock.
— It should come as no surprise Gaddy and Suggs led UW in scoring with 16 points. Wilcox also did what he does. He scored 12 points, but took five three-pointers and made one. The Huskies need his outside shot, but he has to realize he isn’t likely to shoot a high percentage behind the arc on the road.
— It looks as if coach Lorenzo Romar is experimenting at the power forward position. The four leading candidates were somewhat equal in minutes. Desmond Simmons started and tallied 16, Jernard Jarreau 14 while Shawn Kemp Jr. and Martin Breunig each had 13.
— Perhaps its an offshoot of the new high-post offense, but Jarreau led the team with three assists while Gaddy – last season’s assist leader – had two. The bigs had six of Washington’s 12 assists.
— More on Jarreau. It’s really difficult to know what type of impact he had without watching the game, but he sure fills up a stat sheet. His line is very promising. He had seven points on 2-for-4 shooting, five rebounds (two offensive), three assists and two blocks to offset two turnovers in 14 minutes.
— Redshirt freshman guard Andrew Andrews received 21 minutes and it sounds as if he was on the floor in crunch time. Wouldn’t be surprised if he lands the sixth man role.
— Playing his first game since undergoing left wrist surgery, Aziz N’Diaye didn’t make much of an impact on the offensive end. There’s a mistake in the box score, which had him shooting 1 for 6 from the floor and 1 for 2 at the line for two points. Whether he scored two points or three isn’t the issue. When they have the ball, the Huskies need more from their three-year starting center than three offensive rebounds and a handful of points.
— Interesting to note Kemp was on the floor in the final minutes. He scored UW’s final basket with 1:45 remaining. He also committed a critical turnover and had a foul in the waning moments, which nearly cost the Huskies the win.
— If Breunig can continue collecting seven rebounds, then he’ll garner more minutes.

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

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