Sunday’s Washington Alumni Game was an overwhelming success, but it’s interesting to note many believe the Huskies should have reaped greater rewards during the past 11 seasons with coach Lorenzo Romar.
A little while back ESPN put together a list of eight teams that haven’t had great success in the NCAA tournament considering their NBA alumni.
Jason King writes: “The talent at Washington has simply been too good to not make at least one or two significant runs.”
Since taking over in 2002, Romar’s teams have won two Pac-12 titles and finished second three times. The Huskies won the conference tournament title three times (2005, ’10 and ’11).
Under Romar, Washington made six trips to the NCAA tourney. The Huskies made three Sweet 16 appearances (2005, ’06 and ’10).
Romar has sent 12 players to the NBA. That’s a big number for a team that doesn’t have an Elite Eight appearance in the modern era.
— Here’s a video (above) of Terrence Ross flushing a 360-dunk in Sunday’s game.
— Here’s a photo gallery from Times staffer Bettina Hansen from Sunday. Really fun pics that captured the fun and excitement of the event.
— UW Dawg Pound reports several recruits were at the game including 2014 prospects Zylan Chetham (6-7 forward), Donaven Dorsey (6-5 forward), Evan Fitzner (6-9 forward) and Tristan Etienne (6-8 forward).
— It’s a little old, but three-star Portland shooting guard Silas Melson committed to Gonzaga last week. He had offers from Washington and Colorado State.
— Washington has built a reputation as a school that springboards players to the NBA. However, the Huskies don’t have a player on ESPN’s top 10 list of Pac-12 stars who played in the NBA since 1989. Arizona leads with four players (Jason Terry, Gilbert Arenas, Andre Iguodala and Sean Elliott) followed by UCLA (Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Baron Davis) with three. UW has three players on a 10-man notables list and three on a six-man too-soon-to-tell list.
— The NCAA changed the block/charge rule. The revised provision states: “A defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass. If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul.”