To help take the mind off Nick Holt and the Stanford game, between now and Saturday night. I thought I would give and early update on the Husky basketball team. Practice started October 14. The first game will be an exhibition against Seattle Pacific on November 4. The first regular season game is November 12, against Georgia State. Updates after the jump.
There have been two injuries, one being more serious than the other. Senior Scott Suggs had surgery to fix a stress facture in his toe. He will be out 8 weeks and is targeting the New York Trip to be back. The Dawgs face Marquette on Dec 6 and Duke on Dec 10. Suggs averaged 7.4 ppg last year and is expected to up his scoring and be a senior leader for Romar. FR Tony Wroten elected to have arthoscopic knee surgery, similar to the one Chris Polk had. He should be back next week and not miss any games.
The early signing period is Nov 9-16 and UW has received no verbal commitments. They have lost out to players to the cougars. Demarquise Johnson, 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard from Pontiac, Mich stated the ability to play right away as the biggest factor. I think you have officially built a program when guys go to different schools to play right away. Johnson, who attends Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, is the biggest prize for WSU. He's rated a four star prospect by Rivals while ESPN and Scout gave him three stars. WSU also landed his Westwind teammate Richard Peters. Peters is a 6'10" forward originally from Toronto. He originally committed to Oklahoma.
2012 is not a critical class for Romar. There is 7 freshman on the current roster and a couple will probably redshirt. He is now changed his focus to big men Anthony Bennett, Zena Edosomwan and Landen Lucas. Edosomwan visited Oct 22 and Lucus is supposed to come Nov 5. Romar has also targeted wing Jordan Tebbutt, from Portland via Oak Hill Academy.
The Freshman Bigs
6'8" Martin Bruenig, 6'9" Shawn Kemp Jr, 6,10 Jernard Jarreau and RS Desmond Simmons, make up the Freshman Bigs. With the whole left behind by MBA it will important for one of the guys to step up. Reviews have mixed so far. Bruenig is probably the best of the true freshman right. Jarreau and Kemp could both be RS candidates. Smmons will be counted on to provide rebounding even though that is not the strength of his game.
The scrimmage against ex-husky players was cancelled because the NCAA stated that because the former players were tweeting and Romar announced it that they were promoting the game. This game may still happen but noone will know about it. The ex players were supposed to be
Andrew Andrews will redshirt. Look for him to take over the point guard duties after Gaddy and Wroten leave for the NBA.
The puple team beat the gold team at the first scrimmage. The purple team was Gant, Simmons, Breunig, Hikeem Stewart, Andrews and N'Diaye. The gold team consited of C.J. Wilcox, Jernard Jarreau, Shawn Kemp Jr., Alex Wegner, Gaddy and Ross.
How do you think the Huskies will do during the 2011-2012 basketball eason?
Win Pac 12 Championship and advance past the sweet 16 for the first time (67 votes)
Win Pac 12 and get to the sweet 16 before being knocked out (64 votes)
Finish 2-4 in Pac 12 fizzles in second round of NCAA (118 votes)
Struggle to find new identity, struggle in Pac 12 and find themselves on the NCAA bubble (49 votes)
298 total votes