Scouting report: Seattle University
Game info: 7 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Ernie Kent).
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton) and 770 AM KTTH (Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr.)
Last season’s record: 8-22, 3-15 Western Athletic Conference.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Seattle University.
Coach: Cameron Dollar, who enters his fifth season, has a 40-49 record with the Redhawks. Before taking over at Seattle U in 2009, he spent the previous seven season as a Washington assistant under coach Lorenzo Romar. He also served three years on Romar’s staff at Saint Louis (1999-2002). After a respected playing career at UCLA, which included a 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar became the head coach at Vanguard University, a NAIA Division II school in 1998.
Series: Washington 24-4 in a series that began in 1953. The Huskies have one the past eight games. Seattle U’s last win was in 1979.
Last meeting: Washington won 87-74 in front of 6,137 at KeyArena on Dec. 13, 2012. Seattle U held C.J. Wilcox to 12 points – seven shy of his average at the time. However, Scott Suggs torched the Redhawks for a career-high 24 points. Every UW starter scored in double figures. The Huskies had no trouble with SU’s full-court press and led 49-27 at halftime.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Fifth-year senior Clarence Trent was a member of Washington’s four-man recruiting class in 2009 that included Abdul Gaddy, Charles Garcia and Wilcox. Trent averaged 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 23 games during the 2009-10 season. He sat out in 2010-11 after transferring to SU.
During his first season at SU, Trent averaged 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore in 2011-12. Last season he averaged a team-high 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds, which was second among the Redhawks.His career scoring high is 22 points.
In two games against Washington, Trent had 12 points last season and nine as a sophomore.
Trent was voted second team all-preseason WAC by the coaches.
— Isiah Umipig, a 6-0 and 195 pound junior point guard, sat out last season after transferring from Cal State Fullerton. He had two very productive seasons with the Titans and many project he’ll be one of the top players in the WAC.
During the 2011-12 season, Umipig averaged 13.5 points, which was third on the team. He shot 43.3 percent from the field, 39.2 on three-pointers and 86.7 on free throws. He grabbed 2.7 rebounds, passed for 2.3 assists and played 33.6 per game. He was voted honorable mention all-Big West.
As a freshman, Umipig won the conference’s sixth man of the year award after averaging 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
His decision to leave the Titans is clouded in controversy. He reportedly was part of a “locker room uprising” before the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), according to a USA Today story published March, 28, 2012.
However when asked last week why things didn’t work out at Fullerton, Umipig said: “I wouldn’t say it didn’t work. They had me playing the two and I really wanted to play the point guard position. That’s what I was used to playing in high school. I also wanted to come closer to my family so they could watch me play last couple years of school. And I always wanted to play for Coach Dollar. Just the opportunity came and I jumped on it.”
— Emerson Murray saw very little action during his two seasons at California. As a reserve, he averaged just 1.7 points and 6.6 minutes on the 2012 team that advanced to the NCAA tournament. After the season, he transferred to Seattle U. Murray is believed to be a fine shooter, but he converted just 9 of 28 three-pointers as a sophomore.
Here’s a quick Q&A with Emerson.
(Why are you here?) “Growing up – I’m from (Vancouver, Candada) – and wanted to play for Washington. I went to a couple of U-Dub team camps in the ninth and 10th grade. I met Coach Dollar there. Then obviously my situation didn’t work out at my first university and I had the opportunity to come here and be closer to my family. Just what coach Dollar had to say and his belief in what he had and I had. It worked out perfectly.
(Why didn’t things work at California?) “I just wasn’t given the opportunity to that I had hoped to get in order to do what I want to do with my future. I love the place, but I didn’t see myself as far as I wanted to in the situation I was
(On playing with Umipig) “It balances out. He handles the ball probably a little bit more than I do on the court, but he gives me opportunities to score and I give him opportunities to score. If he has it going that night, we’re going to give him the ball. If I have it going we’re going to give them the ball. If somebody else has it going like Juice (Jarell Flora), CT or anybody that has it going. We’re not designating one person to score. We’re a team here. We’re going to see what we got and get through it together.”
(On SU being a place for second-chance ballers) “It’s definitely such a great opportunity to be here. Dollar certainly believes in each of his players. In college basketball you don’t get that a lot. It’s not that he cares just about basketball, which is the most important thing, but he cares about you as a human being who helps you mature and grow. For me I wouldn’t even say it was a second-chance. I was just more mature and had the opportunity to take that chance again to weigh all of my options and figure out what was important. Coming out of high school, you look at all of the prestige. But going through it and having him tell you your goals are still in line
— Redshirt sophomore forward Deshaun Sunderhaus is one of three returning starters. He averaged a team-high 6.0 rebounds and scored 9.4 points per game, which was second on the team.
— London native Shore Adenekan transferred to Seattle U from Lamar Community College in Colorado. The 6-9, 235-pound forward also had Division I offers from had offers from Stephen F. Austin, Cal-State Fullerton and Idaho. He averaged 9.5 points and 7.9 rebounds in 29 games during his first year (2011-12) at Lamar College. Last season, he averaged 10.5 points on 62 percent shooting from the field.
—Senior guard D’Vonne Pickett Jr. started 19 games for the Redhawks last year, finishing with 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. He’ll provide firepower and experience off of the bench this season.
— Jarell Flora emerged as an outside shooting threat, finishing second on the team with 26 made three-pointers as he averaged 5.9 points.
— The Redhawks split the first 10 games last season, but they went 3-17 the rest of the way.
— Seattle U was 0-9 in games decided by five points or fewer and 3-14 in games decided by 10 points or fewer.
F – Shore Adenekan, 6-9, 235, Jr., 10.5 ppg, 8.1 rbg, 62 FG%
F – Deshaun Sunderhaus, 6-9, 215, So., 9.4, 6.0, 2.3 tpg.
F – Clarence Trent, 6-6, 215, Sr., 9.8, 5.8, 1.2 apg
G – Emerson Murray, 6-3, 195, Jr., 1.7, 0.8, 0.4
G – Isiah Umipig, 6-0, 195, Jr., 13.5, 2.7, 2.3
(Note: Averages from their last playing seasons)