Inbound-Washington forward Tristan Etienne had a big weekend.
The 6-10, 215-pound senior at W.J. Mouat in Abbotsford, Canada led the third-ranked Hawks to a 75-67 win over No. 1 Tamamawis of Surrey on Sunday at the second annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational at the Langley Events Centre.
Etienne had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks (4-0) with coach Lorenzo Romar sitting in the stands.
“Tristan was awesome today,” Mouat head coach Rich Ralston told The Province. “That was maybe one of the best games I have seen him play.”
Etienne isn’t expected to help the Huskies immediately next season and it’s believed he needs to add weight and improve his strength and conditioning. However, he’s starting to show signs that maybe he can crack the rotation next season.
Etienne and Timberline High wing Donaven Dorsey signed scholarship papers with the Huskies last month. Washington currently has one available scholarship.
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— According to ESPN’s draft insider Chad Ford, UCLA has a guy on the bench who could be taken in the lottery in next year’s NBA draft. Ford really likes Zach LaVine, the former Bothell High star, who is averaging 14.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his first year with the Bruins. Ford writes: “NBA scouts love big, athletic point guards, and LaVine appears to have all of the qualities a scout could look for. He has weaknesses, though: He needs to add strength, and he still can focus too much on scoring instead of distributing the ball (especially when he’s playing at the 2, which is where he’s seeing most of his minutes this season). Still, given his age, those are minor complaints.”
— Washington’s C.J. Wilcox is 50th on Ford’s top 100 Draft Tracker.
— Steve Alford is the first UCLA coach to go 7-0 in his first season. But here’s a closer look at those wins and the records of his predecessors.
— The Colorado-Colorado State rivalry has gotten pretty intense the past couple of years largely because of CU point guard Spencer Dinwiddie and his “little brother” comment last year about CSU.
— The newly minted No. 2 Arizona Wildcats puts their high ranking on the line tonight when they host Texas Tech.
— Utah goes on the road for the first and only time during the non-conference season when it travels to face Boise State.
— Nice feature on Utah freshman guard Parker Van Dyke who was planning on a two-year church mission immediately after graduating from high school, but decided to play this season.
— California ran into UC Irvine and Mamadou Ndiaye and the Golden Bears executed a game plan Washington should have employed when they lost to the Anteaters. Cal attacked Ndiaye, a 7-6 center, who was a non-factor due to foul troubles. With nation’s tallest player on the bench, the Bears cruised to a 73-56 victory. David Kravish led Cal (6-2) with 19 points. Ndiaye had four points, five rebounds and two blocks before fouling out in 10 minutes.
— This week is exam time for most Pac-12 teams. There aren’t any games Wednesday and Thursday. Stanford begins its annual extended break. The Cardinal is off 12 days.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Texas Tech (6-2) at No. 2 Arizona (7-0), 6 p.m. ……………….. Pac-12 Networks
Colorado (7-1) at Colorado State (6-2), 6 p.m. …………………. ESPN3
Utah (6-0) at Boise State (6-0), 7 p.m. ……………………………. No TV
UC Santa Barbara (3-2) at No. 18 UCLA (7-0), 8 p.m. ………. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Arizona, Colorado, Boise State and UCLA
Season tally: 56-12