In the video (above), Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar lamented a lack of ball movement, poor transition defense and a free-throw disparity that played a large role in Washington’s 88-78 win. The Huskies converted 33 of 41 free throws while the Redhawks were 11 of 19 at the line.More
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Had a chance to attend Seattle University practice and spend a few minutes with coach Cameron Dollar last week. The former Washington Husky assistant has a quiet confidence about the Redhawks, who finished last in the WAC last season at 8-22.
There’s optimism on the Capitol Hill campus – SU was picked second in a preseason WAC coaches poll – largely because transfers Isiah Umipig and Emerson Murray comprise a new backcourt.
You can tell Dollar, a former UCLA point guard, has a deep admiration for his new guards when he says: “You usually have to rehab – for lack of a better word – some guys that transfer in. They’re not your typical transfers. And they brought a lot of culture with them to help us in some of the areas that we were lacking. I’ve really been excited about how they’ve been thus far. I think they both have the ability to be game-changers.
Dollar also talks about fifth-year senior Clarence Trent, the former Washington Husky, who’ll be a three-year starter with the Redhawks.
On Trent, Dollar said: “Of all the guys, including my new guys Emerson and Zeke, his heart for being a teammate is the biggest. It aint even close. That’s something that I’ve always appreciated and admired about him.”
Here’s the transcript of the interview with Dollar.
(How will Umipig and Murray change the team) “From a culture standpoint they’ve already have a tremendous impact with their leadership and their attitude. Both have high-level winning back grounds. Both are team-first guys. They have really brought that in with them even starting last year during practices and how they would be on the side during the games. They’re two of the most unselfish guys from a team standpoint. That’s especially unique having guys like that come in as transfers.
“You usually have to rehab – for lack of a better word – some guys that transfer in. They’re not your typical transfers. And they brought a lot of culture with them to help us in some of the areas that we were lacking. I’ve really been excited about how they’ve been thus far. I think they both have the ability to be game-changers.
“What it does though, is it’s a great add to what we already have here. Guys have been here toiling kind of in the dirt sort of speak and been developing and getting better. Guys like (Jarell) Flora and Clarence and (D’Vonne) Pickett. It’s the most depth we’ve had – quality depth. I’m excited about that.
“Both can shoot it with range. Obviously adding two guys to your team that can shoot it with range provides better spacing and they’re confident shooters. They’re going to score. Both are double-figure shooters. Both can pass. Both can penetrate. Obviously, not having thrown the ball up once yet you want to see how it all comes together, but from the practices and the work that they’ve done it looks very promising.”
(I can only imagine those two on the scout team last season.) “Pretty good scout team.”
(Last season, you guys struggled to score points and averaged just 65.6 scoring per game. Can they help improve the offense?) “They’re not going to average 20, but they’re both capable of getting over 20 points in a game. That’s definitely going to help. And then what happens too is when you add guys that are capable of scoring and making plays for others, those other guys make more plays and they get more done. It just opens up everything that you try to do.”
(Did you feel a need to tinker with the offense in the offseason?) “Yes. Specifically turning the ball over and just shooting a higher percentage. We needed more shooters and we needed to handle the ball better. You get more shooters by the guys being here and getting better at shooting and adding guys that can shoot. Obviously, we added both of those guys and the shooting is going to be better. The second part of turnovers is probably more coaching and player personnel. Putting them in the right spots and tightening guys up that may not need to be making decisions with the ball and putting them in different areas. So given all that, we addressed both of those areas so I’m expecting much better results all across the board.”
“And then part of it too is growing out of that. Sometimes with the younger guys, Deshaun Sunderhaus for example, he’s going to be way better at making decisions and handling the ball than he was last year. His turnovers (23) are going to go down. But there again, adding two guys who can really play on the perimeter, all of a sudden he’s getting easier shots to where he doesn’t have to force it like he did.”More
Scouting report: Seattle University
Game info: 7 p.m. Thursday at KeyArena (9,686 capacity)
TV: ROOT Sports (Tom Glasglow, Lenny Wilkens and Jen Mueller)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton) and 770 AM KTTH (Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr.)
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Seattle University and Washington.
Coach: Cameron Dollar is 43-52 in his fourth year with the Redhawks. He spent seven years as a UW assistant.
Prediction: Picked to finish eighth in the 10-team WAC in both the coaches and media preseason polls.
Series: Washington leads 23-4 in a series that began in 1953. UW is 4-0 on the road, 7-3 on a neutral floor and 12-1 at home.
Last meeting: The Huskies held off the Redhawks for a 91-83 victoryat Edmundson Pavilion. C.J. Wilcox finished with 25 points and Tony Wroten added 24. Seattle U erased a 50-37 halftime deficit nine minutes and tied it at 76-76 with less than five minutes left. Washington finished the game on a 15-7 run. The Huskies were 37 of 59 at the line. Five Redhawks fouled out. Two technical fouls and one flagrant foul were assessed in a scrum of a basketball game that lasted more than 2 ½ hours.
Previous game: Won 75-69 at Eastern Washington on Monday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— The Huskies are very familiar with junior forward Clarence Trent (near left) who began his college career at Washington in 2009. He played one season for UW and briefly tried out for the football team before transferring to Seattle U. He sat out the 2010-11 season. In his first year at SU, he started 26 of 27 games and averaged 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. This season, he’s started all six games and leads the team in scoring (11.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.2 per game).
At 6-6, Trent plays multiple positions on the wing. He’s an explosive athlete who is exceptional in transition. He’s improved as a shooter and is 6 of 14 behind the arc. Still he’s shooting just 37.9 percent from the field. Trent’s career scoring high is 18 points, but against Virginia and Stanford, he tallied just four and seven points respectively. In his only meeting against his old team, Trent had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting last year.
—Redshirt freshman Deshaun Sunderhaus has been the early surprise of the season for the Redhawks. The 6-9, 230-pound forward from Georgia has started every game. He’s second on the team in scoring and tied for first in rebounding with 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Those numbers lead all WAC freshmen, as does his field goal percentage of .473 (26-of-55).More
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar traded friendly barbs and shared anecdotes about their long friendship during the Alumni Downtown Breakfast held this morning. The room was divided between supporters wearing Husky purple and Redhawks red. The UW marching band provided the soundtrack while SU cheerleaders entertained folks inside the banquet room…More
Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar takes his fourth swing at Washington on Thursday when the Redhawks host the Huskies at 7 p.m. at KeyArena. Dollar, a former UW assistant, is no stranger to coach Lorenzo Romar. Their relationship began in 1993 when Dollar played for the Bruins and Romar was an assistant. They won a national…More
Today is the last day to register for next Thursday’s Alumni Downtown Breakfast that features a conversation between Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and Seattle University’s Cameron Dollar. The 7 a.m. event will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and moderated by Steve Raible, co-anchor at KIRO 7 Eyewitness news. Tickets are $40. Here’s the details.More