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September 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM
Former Washington players Justin Dentmon and Aziz N’Diaye will play in the Euroleague next season.
Dentmon landed with BC Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. He starred with the Austin Toros and Texas Legends last season in the NBA D-League. He received a 10-day contract from the Dallas Mavericks and played in two games while logging a combined four scoreless minutes.
It appears as if Dentmon may have abandoned his NBA pursuit or possibly put it on hold because NBA training camps begin Sept. 27 and Zalgiris starts its season Oct. 18.
After three years in the D-League, including a phenomenal 2011-12 season when he was the league’s MVP and led the Toros to a league championship, Dentmon returns overseas where his professional career began. He started with Hapoel Afula in Isreal.
Dentmon, a 5-11 guard who played at Washington from 2005-09, is seemingly at a crossroads. Like several players of similar age and stature, the 27-year-old (he turns 28 Thursday) is faced with the decision to either continue chasing the NBA or pursue more financially lucrative options abroad. Many have chosen the latter.
Meanwhile, N’Diaye begins his professional career with Club Ourense Baloncesto in Spain.
A few weeks ago, the 7-foot center said his agent was working to find him a team in Europe. He also hoped to find a spot on a NBA training camp roster. However, there’s very few vacancies at this point and N’Diaye is still young enough (he’s 25) to make several attempts at the NBA again.
April 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM
When a chance to impress professional scouts is on the line, old college rivalries die quickly and new alliances easily are formed.
That’s a lesson Abdul Gaddy and Aziz N’Diaye will learn next week when they participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Here’s a look at the rosters of the eight teams and how the 64 players were dispersed among the eight-man squads.
— N’Diaye and Washington State’s Brock Motum are paired together on a team coached by former Sonic Ruben Patterson.
— Gaddy and Oregon Arsalan Kazemi will team together.
— Perhaps the team to beat is a squad led by former Washington star Eldridge Recasner. His team includes: Peyton Siva, the Louisville star and former Franklin High standout, Oregon’s Tony Woods, Kansas’ Travis Releford, Indiana’s Christian Watford and Syracuse’s James Southerland.
— Oregon’s E.J. Singler is teaming with former Washington player Elston Turner, who starred at Texas A&M.
— UCLA’s Larry Drew II is on a team with Colorado State’s Colton Iverson.
— Arizona’s Mark Lyons appears to have a nice squad that includes BYU forward Brandon Davies and D.J. Seeley of Cal-State Fullerton.
— Arizona State’s Carrick Felix is one of nine Pac-12 players in the tournament.
— Former Arizona guard Lamont ‘MoMo’ Jones is one of the stars on a team led by former NBA great Antoine Walker.
March 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM
Here’s comments from UW players following their 61-54 loss to UCLA.
(On the team having good motion on the court) “We wanted to come in here and finish this season on a wining streak so we gave a lot of effort today. It was fun, I wish we could have given the fans a win.”
(On the team’s confidence going into the tournament) “I don’t think we lost any confidence today but we know we need to limit our turnovers. That was a big influence today, so I’m sure we’ll focus on that for the next couple of days.”
(On what he liked about what the team did today and what they weren’t able to do.) “We came ready to play and they’re a good team. We battled pretty well against them and ended up coming up short because of negligence. We turned the ball over a couple too many times and that’s what made the difference.”
(On today’s challenges on matching up against UCLA) “They’re a good team, they push the ball hard and try to score off of the fast break. We did a good job getting back on difference but when we had turnovers they just capitalized. It’s hard to bounce back on those because it’s just a numbers game at that point. I think they were scoring a lot on turnovers, which made the difference.”
(On the last home game of his career) “We’ve seen a lot of wins here, and the dawg pack and all of our fans have been amazing throughout our whole careers here at UW. We wanted to win to finish everything right.”
(On this game dampering the team’s confidence going into the tournament) “I don’t think this game will affect our confidence at all because last night we pretty much knew everyone’s seeding in the Pac-12. We’re just going to watch a lot of film and look at the tournament as a new season. We’re going to go in with that mindset taking it one game at a time.”
February 10, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Here’s video (above) of Washington center Aziz N’Diaye following a 71-60 loss at USC.
He finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for his 11th double double.
February 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Here’s video (above) of Aziz N’Diaye after Washington’s 59-57 defeat at UCLA.
The Washington center finished with had 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to record his 10th double-double of the season.
February 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Here’s video (above) of an interview with Washington center Aziz N’Diaye talking about tomorrow’s game at UCLA and a few other topics.
January 17, 2013 at 1:55 AM
The Washington Huskies will wake up Thursday morning at the top of the Pac-12 standings.
Who would have predicted that a month ago?
Washington is tied with UCLA at 4-0 for the conference lead. The Bruins will have a chance to recapture sole possession of first place when it hosts Oregon State tonight. Regardless of the outcome in Los Angeles, the Huskies are thrilled with their position.
But then, coach Lorenzo Romar was somewhat evasive when asked if he was happy with the Huskies defensively following Wednesday’s 64-54 win over Colorado in the Pac-12 home opener at Edmundson Pavilion.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress,” he said. “Happier than I was before. Still got to get better though.”
Every game against Washington is a slugfest in basketball shorts. The Huskies would have it no other way. They say they relish stopping opponents from scoring even more than making baskets.
Abdul Gaddy said: “We take pride in our defense. We don’t like it when people score on us.”
He went on and explained how the Huskies enjoy pushing opponents to the point of frustration when “you can here them bickering with each other.”
During its four-game winning streak, Washington has held each opponent under 40 percent shooting, which is the first time since 2010.
If this trend continues, we’ll have to ask if this is Romar’s best coaching performance during his 11 years at Washington. Somehow he’s gotten offensive-minded players like C.J. Wilcox, who admitted earlier this week he never played defense in high school, to buy into a defense-first mentality.
Romar has also gotten players to buy into their roles. Players aren’t complaining about getting more shots, which Romar hinted had been a problem in the past.
“Before the season started I think I had mentioned that this group perhaps was maybe the most coachable and had the best chemistry of any team that we’ve had,” he said. “Any team. Not last year’s, but any team. I didn’t say they were the best team, just chemistry. And I think that’s the reason we’re able to do that. We don’t several guys sulking because they’re not getting more shots and all that. We’re all for one and one for all. … That’s kind of how it is. It makes a difference.”
Colorado coach Tad Boyle took it a step farther and said the loss of Tony Wroten Jr., last season’s Pac-12 freshman of the year who was taken 25th in the NBA draft, is addition by subtraction for the Huskies.
“They are so much better,” Boyle said. “Last year that Wroten kid was out there trying to steal and gamble a lot, but this year they are so much more sound this year. They are so long, so athletic, they’ve got the big guy in the middle, you’ve got to score against Washington and you’ve got to execute against them because nothing is going to come easy.”
Still Washington struggled early this season while finding its identity.
“We always knew we could play good defense,” Wilcox said. “We came into the season saying that’s what we need to do. It took some time to finally get it through our heads that this is the way we need to play.”
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 8,184 – the largest of the season, Washington stuck to its winning formula. Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye (above, far right) led the way defensively. Simmons collected 12 rebounds and held CU’s Andre Roberson (10 points and 11 rebounds) relatively in check while N’Diaye collected 11 boards and blocked three shots. He also limited CU forward Josh Scott to eight points.
Washington held Colorado to a season-low 36.2 percent shooting from the field (7 of 24) and just 1 of 10 on three-pointers. The Buffaloes only trey was Roberson’s desperation banked shot from behind the arc that just beat the shot clock. The 54 points was the second fewest for CU.
The Huskies were worse from the field (33.9 percent, 20 of 59), but they were 6 of 20 on treys and 18 of 23 at the free throw line.
Washington also created shots for Wilcox, who scored 25 and Scott Suggs who had 13.
All of it led to an ugly win that looked beautiful in its defensive execution.
“You can color it any way you want to color it,” Romar said. “I just know that when you go out and you play two games in a row and you have single-digit turnovers, you hold four teams to under 40% from the field, you outrebound three out of the four, you’re beginning to do things right. The only “ugly” thing if you want to call it that is that we haven’t been making shots. Two out of the last four games we haven’t made shots. Other than that, I think we’re doing everything else OK.”
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January 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Here’s video (above) of Washington players following their 64-54 win over Colorado in the Pac-12 home opener.
(On team’s performance) “It was good, we’re getting better every game. Today was very physical—they’re a physical team. I know last year when we played them it felt like they had an advantage over us physically. Coming into this game we knew that we had to be very physical, especially by boxing them out.”
(On picking it up defensively) “It’s both our attitude and us figuring things out. We take pride in our defense, we don’t like when people score on us. We’re really starting to gel which is the main thing, we’re talking to each other and we have Aziz in the back which really helps since he alters shots. We’re really startin to get organized on defense; we know when to box out, who to pick up, the little things. We’re getting better.”
(On the crowd) “We hadn’t played here in a while so I was anxious to get back out on the court. We’ve all always loved our crowd.”
(On Aziz going out) “Yeah, I notice the difference and I’ve said that since the beginning of the year. We need Aziz on the floor. We have players that come in who are doing better, Jernard came in and helped us out. Shawn came in today and did well, he could do better. We always need Aziz because he’s our catalyst back there to get rebounds and he’s a great defender.”
(On Jernard playing) “Jernard is a great player and we look at the guys that come off the bench, Jernard, Shawn, and Andrew specifically, we need those guys to come in with energy. They’ve been giving us that energy all year especially during conference play. We tell them that the games not all about the starters, we can’t play for forty minutes. They always come in and play well, giving great energy. Jernard is a different type of forward in that he can catch a high post and score. He can knock down a midrange jumper. We always have to tell him to stay aggressive since this is still a new thing for him as a freshman. He gave us great energy tonight, and he’ll take from there and keep helping us.”
(On scoring 25 points tonight) “It doesn’t matter as long as we win—I don’t care how many points I score. The main this is us winning.”
(On having Aziz in the back) “It gives us confidence; we’re able to trust that our teammate is going to be back there. All these good guards are back there who are quick, and we know that he’s going to be back there and either alter shots or block them which he was doing tonight.”
(On team defense) “We always knew we could play good defense, and we came into the season saying that that is what we needed to do. It just took some time to get through our heads that that is what we needed to do and we’re starting to learn that, and get better game by game.”
(On the personality of the team that makes the team play defense instead of having high flying points) “We feed off Desmond and Aziz who are top players in rebounds. Desmond is back there as our enforcer and it helps us to continue guarding really good guards. We get our identity from those players, they really love playing defense which amps us up.”
(On your offense catalyzing your offense) “Yes, my teammates are doing a very good job finding me on the inside and I’ve just been going through my moves, taking the shot, and hoping that it will fall in.”
January 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said Aziz N’Diaye was the catalyst for the Huskies’ 62-47 win at California.
The 7-foot center finished with his sixth double double this season and had 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also added four blocks.
December 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM
Strange game for Washington. The Huskies shot better behind the arc than they do inside the semi-circle. They connected on 9 of 25 three-pointers (36 percent) while shooting just 28.1 percent (9 of 32) on shots inside the arc.
Perhaps even more bizarre, Washington drained 22 of 24 free throws and shot a season-high 91.7 percent at the line.
UW forwards Desmond Simmons, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Jernard Jarreau struggled from close range. They combined to make 1 of 12 shots. And Andrew Andrews still has been unable to find the shooting stroke. He was 1 for 6.
But thanks to C.J. Wilcox, Aziz N’Diaye (near right) and Abdul Gaddy, Washington managed to win 67-57 in a game that was probably a step backwards in spite of the win. The Huskies took the lead two minutes into the game and never trailed again. They led by as many as 15 with 14:28 left in the second half, but they staggered down the stretch and nearly ran out of gas.
Washington converted just one field goal in the final 9:44 minutes and missed seven field goal attempts. Gaddy’s three-pointer with 3:06 left was the only field goal that fell and it gave the Huskies an 11-point lead (63-52).
However, NIU scored five unanswered points to cut its lead to six (63-57) at the 1:43 mark.
Perhaps appropriately, the game was decided on a missed shot and a rebound, considering UW dominated the glass 42-30.
Scott Suggs missed a mid-range jumper. Simmons tipped the ball to Gaddy who collected the rebound. He was fouled and made two. Wilcox also made two on the next possession while NIU finished the game with two missed three-pointers.
Washington never delivered a knockout punch like it did Thursday against Cal Poly. Instead, the Huskies hung on and waited for the clock to expire on NIU, which fell to 2-9.
There weren’t many positives for the Huskies. They improved to 8-4, but a win against a team with a 326 RPI rating isn’t going to bolster the resume. They got good work against a full-court press. Andrews, playing his second game since a three-game injury layoff, nearly doubled his minutes from Thursday. N’Diaye and Wilcox proved again they can dominate against lesser-caliber opponents.
“Interesting game for us, I can’t remember a game where we shot 31% from the field, that hadn’t been a pattern for this team,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “You go back and look, 11 years that we’ve been here, and I think we shot under 47 percent maybe one or two times in eleven years, so we have been shooting a high percentage and then tonight all of a sudden, with a lot of open looks the ball didn’t go down. Thank goodness our free throws did and I don’ t know if that was a carry over to some other areas of the game. We didn’t have 20 turnovers but our turnovers led to points for them, made it a little easier for them to get buckets at times. But give them credit, they are a scrappy team. (NIU’s Abdel Nader) is very good offensive player, hard to deal with.”
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