Practice begins this afternoon at Washington. The Huskies will meet the media and pose for a team picture before beginning a 5 p.m. workout that’s closed to the public.
There’s so many questions surrounding UW, but the only one that really matters is will the Huskies be better than they were last season.
Many believe last season was a disappointment even though Washington finished alone at the top of the Pac-12 standings with a 14-4 conference record. However, the Huskies missed the NCAA tournament and lost 68-67 in overtime in the NIT semifinals to finish 24-11.
So here’s a not-so simple question as practice begins, will this season be better than last season?
Will the 2012-13 season produce better results than last season?
And here’s a few links from around the Pac-12.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Draft Express continues previewing Pac-12 NBA prospects and takes a look at Washington senior Abdul Gaddy. He’s tabbed as the 14th best prospect in the conference. Here’s what Matt Kamalsky said about Gaddy in his evaluation: “The youngest senior in the country, the Huskies will be Gaddy’s team this season. If he can show progress as a scorer and continue to distribute the ball at a high level, he could rank among the best passers in the senior class at year’s end. He’s not a glamorous NBA prospect, and certainly has his limitations, but his high basketball IQ and willingness to compete on every possession certainly help his cause.”
— Here’s a recap to our poll earlier this week that asked who is the most important Husky. At this time, more than 2,600 responded and 55 percent voted for Gaddy. C.J. Wilcox received 19 percent followed by Aziz N’Diaye at 14 percent.
— Darin Johnson tells Matt Prehm at 247sports.com that he’s going to make a college choice Sunday between Washington, Oregon, Texas A&M and San Diego State. Interesting to note, he canceled a trip this weekend to San Diego State. He took official trips to UW, Oregon, Texas A&M and Cal. It’s believed Johnson, a 6-4 guard from Sacramento, will pick either the Huskies or Ducks.
— Star-studded prospect Aaron Gordon is expected to visit Kansas this weekend and will attend the Jayhawks’ Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.
— Interesting Media Day at UCLA this year, which included the Bruins’ vice chancellor of legal affairs who monitored the questions and answers in regards to the on-going NCAA investigation into eligibility of freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller knows he has a good team this season and he’s not shying away from high expectations. At media day, he said: “We’re positioned to be good and do great things.”
— Here’s the video of Miller’s press conference.
— Miller said about 3,000 tickets remain for Sunday’s Red-Blue game. Last year, Arizona secured star recruit Kaleb Tarczewski after he attended the game. The 7-footer has added 32 pounds this summer and is up to 257. Miller said: “It’s a really important weekend.”
— Sebastian Chen, a 6-4 guard, is the only senior for Colorado. He was a role player last season who averaged 2.2 points and less than 10 minutes, but now he’s being asked to take on more of a leadership role.
— Oregon State is relying on Roberto Nelson to replace last season’s leading scorer Jared Cunningham, who left early and was taken in the first round of the NBA draft. The Beavers return four starters from a team that finished 21-15 and tied for eighth in the Pac-12.
— Major changes in personnel again at Oregon where senior E.J. Singler is the only player with more than a year of experience. The Ducks welcome nine new players, including five freshmen, three transfers and football defensive lineman Arik Armstead.
— Utah, which finished 11th in the Pac-12 last season, may not be better this season, but the Utes are certainly taller.
— The Pac-12 takes a look at 12 games to watch in the conference this season and the folks believe Washington’s game at California on Jan. 9 will be particularly significant. The preview also highlights the Huskies trip to Oregon on Jan. 26.