Tony Wroten has come back with a vengeance over the past two games for the Memphis Grizzlies. After returning from the D-League, he came back against the Lakers and registered 18 minutes off the bench and was a major contributor to the Memphis W. He stepped it up against the Nets to the tune of 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He was all over the highlight reel below including one huge dunk. Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer saw this coming after Wroten's last round in the D-League and after his first game back in the lineup on Jan 16. Congrats to T-Wro! WOOF
- We've talked a lot about the disappointment around the MBB team after two straight losses, including the latest to the Beavers. The Lady Dawgs are doing the opposite right now as they are scrapping and surging towards the top of the Pac 12 standings. Kristi Kingma was a perfect 15 of 15 from the stripe as the Dawgs held off the Beavers in OT. The Huskies are now in a tie for second place in a crowded race, just one game in the loss column behind co-leaders Stanford and Cal.
- Percy has the beat coverage for the Men's team and published this post on how the Gents are trying to get hot against a very good Oregon team. The Ducks are playing well and, because they don't see Arizona or UCLA again this season, are my pick to win the P12 regular season race. I think they are a beatable team, and that UW actually possesses the necessary elements to match up well. Key for the Dawgs:
1. Rebound Defensively: Arsalan Kazemi is their version of Desmond Simmons. Tough around the hoop, but not a huge man. Simmons vs Kazemi is a key matchup that Desmond can win.
2. Perimeter Defense: The Ducks have a lot of guys that can hurt you from outside in, especially with Damyean Dotson and E.J. Singler. We have to get out on defense fast and listen to Romar when he tells them to stay in front of screens.
3. Abdul Gaddy: Abdul, right now, is about the worst player on the floor for the Huskies. We all know he is better than that and this is the game he has to show up in. The Ducks have long defenders who figure to really stunt C.J. Wilcox. Gaddy is going to have to be a playmaker for other guys - including pounding Aziz down low - as well as a scorer (preferably inside the arc). We can't win without a return to form of Gaddy.
- Bud Withers thinks the Dawgs still have a chance at the Tournament and paints the picture on how it could happen. I think that this scenario is pretty unlikely based on what this team is right now. Short of the wholesale emergence of Andrew Andrews and Jernard Jerreau plus the reignition of Gaddy, I don't think UW has the horses to pull it off.
- Help is on the way for the MBB, and a key component of that is Nigel Williams-Goss. Nigel had a huge game a few nights ago when his #2 Findlay Prep team stunned #1 Montverde (FL), which included 26 points and a buzzer-beating tre to win it. ESPN caught up with NWG right after:
- Hope Solo is in the news: She's Happy! I'm glad to hear it and I was also interested to read about what Hope and Jerramy Stevens have been up to ... including the new women's soccer league and some community service.
- Lots of Husky Stadium news from yesterday including a media tour of the facility (sadly, Lear Pilot was not available). Bob Condotta has lots of video footage over at his blog. He also posted this press conference with Scott Woodard who notes that the project remains on-time and on-budget and should be practice-worthy when the Fall camp opens.
- Desmond Trufant is still a hot topic as the Senior Bowl gets played today. Our own Kirk DeGrasse went mano y texan with the State of the Texans blog to share some "tru-sights".
- Some people think that Desmond Trufant was the most outstanding player during Senior Bowl practices, period:
Rang also said Tru was arguably the best defensive player, period, at Mobile....man. #huskies— Davis Hsu (@DavisHsuSeattle) January 25, 2013
- With Signing Day approaching, lots of you are asking "Where's the Beef"? Mason Kelley has a breakdown ($) for you on the offensive line prospects that the Huskies are looking at.
- ESPN takes a look at the top 10 recruiting battles being waged across the country, including a couple involving the Huskies.
- And, finally, one of my favorite UW Athletes from the Olympics was honored last night as the Seattle Area Athlete of the Year. Coxswain and three time Olympic medalist, Mary Whipple, beat out some stiff competition in the form of Chris Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins to take home the hardware. Congratulations to Mary for her well-deserved recognition. WOOF!
- Signing off with a note from Keith Price - I got chills. GO DAWGS!
During the bad times true leaders accept the blame. And during the good times they give thecredit to those around them. #itsnot4everybody— Keith Price (@KeithPrice17) January 25, 2013