Judging from the video (above), which is compilation of highlights from the Drew League in Los Angeles, Perris Blackwell should make an immediate impact this season during his only year at Washington.
Of course, that was the plan all along when the Huskies signed him last year after he played three seasons at San Francisco. NCAA transfer rules forced Blackwell to sit out the 2012-13 season, but he was expected to replace departing center Aziz N’Diaye in the middle.
No one will ever confuse Blackwell for N’Diaye. They’re different in almost every way.
Blackwell is 6-9 and 280 pounds. N’Diaye is 7-0 and 260.
Blackwell averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.3 blocks two years ago as a junior. He also shot 57.5% from the field.
N’Diaye also shot a high percentage (56.1) last season, but he averaged just 8.9 points. He averaged 9.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 0.3 assists. Neither player was accurate at the free throw line. N’Diaye shot 42.7 percent, Blackwell 56.4.
N’Diaye is arguably a better athlete whereas Blackwell plays below the rim. He uses his girth to create space and he’s crafty beneath the basket.
The word out of L.A. is Blackwell worked hard this summer on improving his conditioning. Washington will still run its high-post offense, but coach Lorenzo Romar has talked about increasing the tempo from last season. He also said after last season’s 18-16 finish, one of the goals in the offseason was improving UW’s offensive production in the low post.
Blackwell should help out in that department. He’s built like former Husky star Jon Brockman, who averaged 14.9 points and 11.5 rebounds as a senior. When the offense went through Brockman, he averaged 17.8 points and 11.6 points as a junior.
Not sure if Blackwell can reach those rebounding numbers, but he’ll likely be the second scoring option after C.J. Wilcox so he’ll put up points.