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Previewing Washington's Thursday opponent, the Seattle University Redhawks
Seattle is an old-time rival of the Washington Huskies, and that rivalry will be renewed Thursday night when the Redhawks host the Washington Huskies at 7 PST.
One player many Washington fans will recognize is 6-6 forward Clarence Trent. Trent is a junior who played his freshman season for Lorenzo Romar. He played sparingly, averaging about five minutes per game and scoring under two per game. He is also known for attempting to make it on the football field as well. The transition didn't go as well as Austin Seferian-Jenkins the other direction, nor Nate Robinson.
Trent is now the leading scorer for the Redhawks, averaging 11.2 per game and also tied for the team lead in rebounding, averaging over seven per game. He gets to the foul line at a decent clip, but not amazing. His free-throw rate is 44.8, which again is decent but not outstanding.
Although Trent is leading the team in scoring, he is shooting 38% from the field, or bad - if you prefer those terms. As a team, Seattle is shooting 39%. That is bad. One player shooting 38% is understandable, but shooting 39% as a team is terrible. It puts them outside the top-300 in the country. If you want to go by eFG% (accounts for added difficulty and benefit of 3-PT attempts, formula is [FGM + (3PM * .5)/FGA] ) then they sit at 43.8%. That actually ranks worse within the country than their 39% FG%
The leader in minutes for the Redhawks is Prince Obasi, a 6-2 senior guard. He is the leading assist man for Seattle with 3.5 per game, but is second on the team in assist rate - percentage of team's baskets the player assists on while he is on the court - with 24.7%. He grabs a large number of rebounds for a guard while he is on the floor, making his way to 4.5 missed shots per game.
Seattle runs without a true big man, with the largest player getting meaningful minutes being 6-9 senior "center" Louis Green. Green gets only 13 minutes per game, but doesn't do anything outstanding numbers-wise with those minutes.
Tied with Trent for the lead in rebounding is DeShaun Sunderhaus. Sunderhaus scores over ten per game, another big offensive contributor.
Coaching Seattle is Cameron Dollar, an ex-assistant for Lorenzo Romar. Dollar has led Seattle to one winning record in his three seasons there, with it coming in this first season where the team finished with a 17-14 mark. Last season his team finished a 12-15 record, without any post-season play. This is the team's first season in the Western Athletic Conference, which includes powerhouses such as Denver and Idaho.