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December 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Huskies hoops links: Daniel Shapiro reshaping the Huskies

Washington men's basketball strength and conditioning coach Daniel Shapiro leads a drill. (Photo credit: John Lok - Seattle Times)

Washington men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Daniel Shapiro leads a drill. (Photo credit: John Lok – Seattle Times)

Here’s our story about Washington’s strength and conditioning coach Daniel Shapiro who is working wonders with the Huskies since joining the team in 2013.

After 15 years in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings and Seattle Sonics, the Renton native returned home in 2013 and took a job at UW. Shapiro and the Huskies say it’s been a perfect fit.

Shapiro on returning home: “People may say, I can’t believe you left the NBA to go back to college. But I know I’m in the right place.”

Coach Lorenzo Romaron Shapiro: “You know the resume, and that’s one thing, but the thing that strikes you when you meet Daniel is his energy. It’s like, whoa, who is this guy? It’s infectious. And that’s genuine. It’s every day.

“Then you realize he’s really on it in terms of he understands basketball players and the training side of things. … It’s been a great fit. Daniel has been so instrumental to what’s going on because this all started this summer in the offseason program. And he was in charge of that.”

Washington junior forward Jernard Jarreau on Shapiro: “He brings a lot of motor to the team. He’s been on that NBA level, so he knows what we need to do in order to get there. He knows how important our body is. It’s a long season.

“He knows everything that we need. It’s more than lifting weights. It’s teaching us how to become a pro in terms of taking care of our bodies on the court and of the court. That’s eating right, sleeping well and hydrating.”

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:

— California guard Jabari Bird, sidelined the past seven games by a stress fracture in his left foot, will miss Friday’s Pac-12 opener against Washington. Bird averaged 11.7 points after the first six games. He suffered the injury Nov. 30 against Fresno State and hasn’t played or practiced since.

Dejounte Murray is the real deal and the Huskies are getting a player with incredible talent when he arrives next year. The Rainier Beach senior guard added to his legacy Tuesday night when he banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer that gave the Vikings a 73-70 win over Jefferson (Ore.) in the fourth-place game at the Les Schwab Invitational in Lake Oswego, Ore. Murray finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Here’s video of the shot.

— Murray was voted to the LSI all-tournament team after averaging 25 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in four games.

— Washington’s 2015 signee Matisse Thybulle scored a game-high 23 points to lead Eastside Catholic to a 50-43 victory over perennial power Nashville (Tenn.)-Ensworth in Tuesday’s third-place game at the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest in Naples, Fla.

— Peninsula junior guard JaQuori McLaughlin, who verbally committed to Washington, averaged 22 points at the LSI.

— Rainier Beach junior forward Keith Smith averaged 16.7 points in three games at the LSI, then sat out the last game with a sore knee that’s plagued him for nearly a year.

— Oregon State overcame a 16-point first-half deficit and defeated UC Santa Barbara 76-64 in its nonconference finale at Gill Coliseum. Six players scored in double figures for the Beavers: Jarmal Reid (16), Olaf Schaftenaar (14), Gary Payton II (14), Langston Morris-Walker (11), Victor Robbins (11) and Malcom Duvivier (10).

— The Los Angeles Times asks: Can the Pac-12 get back to the Final Four? It’s been six years since the conference has reached the NCAA tournament semifinals.

 

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