When Austin Seferian-Jenkins committed to Washington, football fans knew they were getting a special athlete at the tight end position-an instant impact type of player. Although he expressed interest of joining Romar's basketball team, it is always questionable about how that will work out.
In his first game in a Husky Basketball uniform, he proved he can make an instant impact on the Husky basketball team as well, but in a drastically different way. Austin's impact on the offensive side of the ball was instant, he tied for second on the team with 41 receptions, putting up 538 yards and six touchdown reception.
While the Husky football team needed him to help propel the offense, the Basketball team was looking for a big bodied defensive and rebounding presence. Coming out the one of the loudest ovations of the night, Austin made an instant impact with his physical defense and providing the team with seven rebounds before fouling out.
He may not have scored a single point, but that isn't what Romar and the Huskies are looking for from the true freshman. By providing 16 minutes of physical play, the Huskies were able to be a more physical team in the post.
This was just his first game, and it will be interesting to see how he progresses as the season goes on. Unlike with Nate Robinson, there is little chance of Austin switching to basketball full time. If he is able to keep up his two sports during his entire tenure at Washington, he looks to be a guy who is going to provide a physical presence right about when the PAC-12 play gets going.
That is exactly what this Husky basketball team needs this year, an most likely going forward. The best part of this for Romar is he is getting a big presence on the boards without using a scholarship, since Austin is obviously at Washington with a Football scholarship.
At some point down the line Husky Basketball fans are hoping for that impact low post recruit that Romar has been falling just short on, but for now, Seferian-Jenkins is here and ready to provide some quality minutes for the Husky front court.