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November 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM
Former Washington Huskies guards Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy found a home in the NBA Development League.
Suggs was taken in the first round (15th overall) in the D-League draft on Friday by the Santa Cruz Warriors, which is the minor league team for the Golden State Warriors.
Meanwhile, Gaddy was picked 10th in the second round by the Iowa Energy, which is the D-League affiliate for the Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards.
Suggs missed three games last season with a foot injury, but he started 31 of 31 contests and averaged 12.2 points, which was second on the team.
The Warriors value perimeter shooting and they were enamored with the 6-6, 195-pound wing who shot 40.1% from the 3-point line for his career. He was 38.7 percent on three-pointers last season.
Gaddy, a four-year starter, played in 118 games at UW. He averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds during his college career. He put together his best scoring last season averaging 10.9 points. Gaddy spent a few weeks in training camp with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Other Pac-12 players taken in the draft:
— Arizona’s Grant Jerrett …………. 1st round, 1st pick ………… Tulsa
— Arizona’s Kevin Parrom ……….. 2nd round, 16th pick …. Rio Grande Valley
— USC’s Eric Wise …………………….. 3rd round, 1st pick …….. Iowa
— UCS’s Marcus Johnson ………… 3rd round, eighth pick … Iowa
— Oregon’s Joevon Catron ………… 4th round, 3rd pick ……. Springfield
— Arizona’s Salim Stoudamire ….. 5th round, 13 pick ……… Fort Wayne
July 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Seven former Washington Huskies competed in the NBA summer leagues that concluded in Las Vegas and Orlando. Here’s a rundown on how they fared.
Terrence Ross, Toronto (1st round pick, 2012)
Stats (Las Vegas): 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 3.4 turnovers, 24.8 minutes in five games
Shooting: 22-52 FG (42.3%), 3-13 3FG (23.1%), 16-18 FT (88.9%)
Best game: 17 points, 8 rebounds vs. Denver
Comment: Started every game. One of the featured players for the Raptors. However, he finished fourth in scoring. It’s the same old story with Ross. Athletically he’s one of the most dynamic players on the court, but he didn’t dominate like many believe he should. Still new Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is being patient with Ross.
Tony Wroten, Memphis (1st round pick, 2012)
Stats (Las Vegas): 12.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 1.5 steals, 31.7 minutes in six games
Shooting: 20-89 FG (25.3%), 5-30 3FG (16.7%), 28-45 FT (62.2%)
Best game: 23 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds vs. Washington
Comment: One of three players who started every game for Memphis, which was 2-4. Played more minutes than anyone else. Needed to show he can run an team and make perimeter shots. Some NBA observers believe he was the biggest disappointment this summer. Averaging more turnovers than assists is never good. And shooting 25 percent from the field isn’t great. Had three games where he attempted at least 11 FTs.
Justin Holiday, Philadelphia (underafted 2011)
Stats (Orlando): 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds, 25.3 minutes in four games
Shooting: 12-38 FG (31.6%), 6-17 3FG (35.3%), 7-12 FT (58.3%)
Best game: 11 points, 8 rebounds vs. Brooklyn
Comment: Last year Holiday led the Sixers in scoring at the Orlando NBA summer league. He wasn’t as good this year, but he was in a different role. Philadelphia has a good idea about Holiday, who was in the Sixers training camp and finished the season with the team last season.
Jon Brockman, New Orleans (2nd round, 2009 Portland)
Stats (Las Vegas): 5.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 24.0 minutes
Shooting: 12-29 FG (41.4%), 0-0 3FG (0%), 5-6 FT (83.3%)
Best game: Nine points, 10 rebounds vs. New York
Comment: After spending last season in France, Brockman returned to a NBA setting and showed he’s the same player he was before last year’s bizarre eye injury that led to his release from Houston. It remains to be seen if he’ll stick with the Pelicans or get a chance with another team. Brockman started every game this summer and was second on the team in rebounding.
Abdul Gaddy, Charlotte (undrafted 2013)
Stats (Las Vegas): 5.3 points, 0.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 turnovers, 14.5 minutes in four games
Shooting: 7-15 FG (46.7%); 0-1 3FG (0%); 7-9 FT (77.8%)
Best game: 17 points, 1 assist: vs. D-League Select
Comment: Made one start. Charlotte wanted to look at a lot of players, which helps explain why Gaddy missed two games. In fairly limited minutes, he may have won an invitation to a NBA training camp.
Scott Suggs, Milwaukee (undrafted 2013)
Stats (Las Vegas): 3.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 15.6 minutes in five games
Shooting: 8-23 FG (34.8%), 2-10 3FG (20.0%), 1-3 FT (33.3%)
Best game: 10 points, 2-2 3FG vs. Nuggets
Comment: Missed his first eight three-pointers in four games, which isn’t a good thing for a spot-up shooter. If Suggs isn’t making perimeter shots, then he’s a non-factor because he doesn’t contribute much in other areas. Suggs wrote a first-person account of his NBA summer league experience for the Missourian.com.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Chicago (undrafted 2011)
Stats (Las Vegas): 3.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 turnovers, 15.2 minutes in five games
Shooting: 5-19 FG (26.3%), 0-0 3FG (0%), 6-14 FT (42.9%)
Best game: Nine points, 3 rebounds vs. Dallas
Comment: His stats were modest, but Bryan-Amaning made two memorable plays in the summer league against the Mavericks. He made one start when he played 39 minutes and finished with just five points on 1-for-8 shooting, nine rebounds and five blocks. Also had two games where he played fewer than seven minutes.
March 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM
Here’s comments gathered by the University of Washington from players talking about Tuesday’s first round game at BYU in the National Invitation Tournament.
(What was this day like for you? Were you confident? Nervous? “I was confident that we were going to get in. I wasn’t too worried about it.”
(When you saw BYU pop up on the screen what was your initial reaction?) “I actually called it two days ago that we would be playing at their place, so I wasn’t too shocked. I was shocked that it actually happened but I was ready for it I guess.”
(Are you close to anybody on that team?) “Yes. I played AAU with Tyler Haws and pretty much the whole team was my rival high school team.”
(What are your thoughts on returning home?) “It will be good to see some people, but as far as playing I know it’s going to be pretty hyped from their side of things.”
(What kind of crowd are you expecting to see there?) “A pretty big crowd – knowing that I’m coming home again and that I’ll be playing Haws again, there were a lot of battles between us in high school. It will be pretty big.”
(What are your thoughts on continuing your college career?) “I’m just excited to be able to keep playing. I wish things would have turned out differently in the Pac-12 tournament but nonetheless we’re able to keep playing. We have another chance to win something.”
(Were you nervous coming in to today?) “Yeah. I didn’t know if we were going to make it. There were a lot of good teams that didn’t make the (NCAA) tournament that we knew were going to be in this. Fortunately we were selected.”
(At this stage does it matter who you are playing or where you are playing?) “It doesn’t matter who we play. Where ever we go we will be prepared to play our hardest. I’m just excited to get another opportunity to play.”
(Do you know anything about BYU?) “I’ve seen them play a few times. Haws is one of their main guys and they have Carlos Delfino. A few of the guys know him.”
(What are your initial thoughts on continuing your career?) “We live to play another day. We’re just going to have to go out there and play hard and continue keep on going.”
(Does it matter right now who the opponent is or where you are playing?) “The point is to just keep playing – home or away. It does not make any difference. I just want to keep my career going as long as possible.”
(Any thoughts on BYU?) “It’s C.J.’s hometown. That’s all I know and that he’ll be glad to play them.”
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.”
March 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Here’s the postgame video (above) of Washington players following their 65-57 win over USC.
(On the final game on Saturday) “It hasn’t really hit me yet but the game should be fun. It’s been a good five years. It won’t be the end of the year, but it will be the last time I play at home so it will be special.”
(On Fontan being hurt) “I didn’t know he was hurt, I was just trying to help the team in any way that I could. I wasn’t doing much on offense so I figured my defense could help us.”
(Rebound mentality) “I just don’t want to run 17’s for not rebounding, so I just go to the boards. It’s not so much as a threat that I’ll have to run if I don’t, it’s more that I set a goal for myself to crash a certain amount of times and I try to hold myself to reaching that goal every single game.”
(On the team being on a roll (like the beginning of conference season) “We’re just trying to play consistent. We don’t look at streaks, we just take the games as they come and try our best to go out there and play hard. We don’t pay too much attention to how many games me lose in a row or how many games me win in a row; we treat each game as an individual game. We’re just trying to play as hard as we can.”
(Feeling like the team regained something) “Not at all. After every single game we felt like we could have done something to prevent those losses. The games that we did win, we still felt like we made some bad defensive and offensive decisions, so we just take those games and try to learn from them. We don’t have the type of group to try to be front runners when we win, and when we don’t just hang our heads thinking we aren’t doing very well.”
(On the team rolling in the right direction) “Yes we’re definitely getting close to playing the way that we’re supposed to play, especially at the right time. Our team usually does it but we start a little late; it seems like we’re starting to get the ball rolling.”
(On the team’s free throws turning around in the second half of the game) “Jernard stepped up big tonight and hit his free throws. He’s been capable of doing that all year and he stepped up tonight at the right time, helping us get the win.”
(On being face guarded during the game) “I was expecting it but when Scott gets going it makes things a lot easier on me. They have to focus on him a lot more and I can just take the play while Scott gets the shots to put points on the board. It takes a lot of pressure off of me.”
(On how different USC played with Dedmon) “USC played completely different, Dedmon is a force under the basket. He has a lot of offensive rebounds, he dunks, and he hits three’s. He played a good game and definitely makes a difference on the floor.”
March 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM
Here’s video (above) of Scott Suggs after Washington’s 72-68 win over Washington State.
He finished with 23 points, one shy of his personal best. He also had five three-pointers.
February 24, 2013 at 3:23 AM
Fair or unfair, Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs (near right) are held up as Exhibit A and Exhibit B when many Washington fans attempt to explain what’s gone wrong with this season.
That’s what happens when you’re senior co-captains. You become a target for criticism. You carry the expectations of a team some believed had NCAA tournament potential.
And when things go wrong, you take the hit. When you lose eight of 10 games, you’re forced to answer difficult questions.
On Saturday when defending regular-season champion Washington was officially eliminated from the Pac-12 title race, Gaddy and Suggs gave a performance that affirmed why some believed the Huskies could have contended for the conference crown again.
They provided the veteran leadership, playmaking and clutch plays that you’d expect from a four-year starter (Gaddy) and a fifth-year senior (Suggs).
And it was fitting they connected on the play that sealed Washington’s 68-59 win at Arizona State.
Leading by three points in the final minute, Gaddy blew past a defender at the top of the key and darted into the lane drawing two more ASU players.
He spotted Suggs standing in the right corner and delivered a perfect pass. Suggs then immediately rose high and drained a three-pointer over sophomore forward Jonathan Gilling who dashed to the corner with his arms extended.
Suggs’ splashed through the net. It was his fourth three-pointer and sixth field goal. He finished with 16 points.
For Gaddy it was his seventh assists. He also had 13 points, five rebounds, a steal and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.
And for Washington, it was a much-needed win after Wednesday’s embarrassing defeat at Arizona. The Huskies proved a lot to their critics Saturday.
They proved they haven’t given up on this season or themselves. They proved they could win a closely contested game on the road even if their leading scorer is a non-factor. They proved they can build a 13-point lead in the second half and keep their composure when ASU closes to within a point 57-56 in the final four minutes.
On the next possession, redshirt freshman guard Andrew Andrews drew a foul and made both free throws.
The Huskies received a bit of good fortune when the Sun Devils missed two open three-pointers that would have tied the score.
However, on the next play Andrews delivered one of the unsung plays of the game. Shawn Kemp Jr. missed a hook shot, but UW retained possession because Andrews climbed over a defender and gathered the rebound.
After a timeout, Gaddy used a screen and was matched against 6-10 ASU freshman forward Eric Jacobsen. Gaddy dribbled the ball between his legs and got Jacobsen off balance before dropping a long jumper at the top of the key.
The Sun Devils answered with a Jahii Carson layup and Washington led 61-58 in the final minute with Gaddy back at the top of the key with the ball and the game in his hands.
This time he connected with Suggs, who made perhaps the biggest shot of his UW career.
After Wednesday’s 70-52 defeat at Arizona, it didn’t seem possible the Huskies could win a game like they did Saturday night. They won because they outrebounded the Sun Devils 35-22. They won with great free throw shooting (12 of 16 for 75 percent). They won because they committed just seven turnovers, their fewest since Jan. 9.
Almost every other significant statistic was virtually even.
It remains to be seen if the win will have serious Pac-12 Tournament implications.
Washington (15-13) is tied with Stanford (16-12) for ninth place in the standings with 7-8 records. But the Huskies would get the higher seed over the Cardinal because UW won its only head-to-head battle.
The Huskies are hoping to finish the regular season with wins during their three-game homestand. They’re hoping they can climb to fourth in the standings and receive a first-round conference tournament bye.
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February 24, 2013 at 3:21 AM
Here’s video (above) of Scott Suggs after Washington’s 68-59 win at Arizona State.
February 14, 2013 at 1:51 AM
The Washington Huskies needed some extra time to themselves after tonight’s 65-52 defeat to No. 23 Oregon to talk about how they managed to come up short in what they considered a must-win game.
Long after the loss, they remained in the locker room hashing and re-hashing how yet another seemingly close game slipped away. In reality, it wasn’t really that close. Washington led for just 18 seconds midway in the first half. They closed to within six points (46-40) with 8:34 left, but never got their deficit under 10 points in the final four minutes.
Still, the setback required a long discussion among the players.
“We were just talking to each other and making sure everybody is alright,” senior co-captain Abdul Gaddy said. “We just got a couple of guys that are upset. Me included. (Desmond Simmons) is upset. The whole team is upset. … We had to make sure we got each others’ back no matter what.”
After Tuesday’s players-only meeting resulted in season-low scoring output, you have to wonder if the message is getting through to the Huskies.
They converted 35 percent from the field, which is the third worst shooting performance this season. They missed 11 of 13 three-pointers. Oregon was abysmal from the free throw line while converting 13 of 23 (56.5 percent), but the Ducks made more FT than Washington attempted. The Huskies were 8 for 12.
If you’re as inept offensively as Washington was – at home no less – you’re not winning many games. And you’re probably not going to the NCAA tournament, which is something the Huskies have stopped talking about.
For now, they’ve got bigger problems like regaining their confidence.
“Right now this is a mental situation,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Our minds have to be right.
“Somehow without experiencing a whole lot of success, we have to regain our confidence. We have to regain our swagger as a team.”
Not sure how that happens with six games left in the regular season. It’s not as of Romar has many options. He’s been reluctant to say it, but Wilcox is mired in a seven-game shooting slump. Maybe it has something to do with his foot injury and maybe it doesn’t. Whatever the case, Romar doesn’t have many alternatives when Wilcox is struggling as he was tonight. He’s reluctant to bench the 6-5 guard believing “every time he shoots it, I think it’s going in.”
However, Wilcox missed 10 of 13 shots. And tonight was the first time in awhile he didn’t affect the game in other areas such as rebounding or steals.
When asked what’s wrong with the high-post offense, Romar chaffed. He believes the offense is working properly. It’s creating open looks for players such as Wilcox and Scott Suggs, who didn’t make shots. Suggs was 1 for 6.
When asked who played well, Romar singled out Gaddy, Aziz N’Diaye and Simmons. Surprisingly, Simmons only played 21 minutes even though it was clear his energy and hustle was sorely needed.
Unlike Sunday’s defeat, UW turnovers didn’t decide the game. However, the Huskies forced just one turnover in second half.
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February 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Here’s video (above) of the post-game interview with Scott Suggs following Washington’s 71-60 defeat at USC.
The senior guard was 0 for 3 in the first half, but tallied all 16 of his points in the second half. He led the Huskies in scoring.