T-AIR-ence Ross, Phenom.
Huskies MBB pulls out a victory and Terrence Ross captures the attention of the entire Basketball Universe.
Holy screamin' dots. Did you see that?
- One day after Isaiah Thomas showed off his stuff in the Rising Stars Challenge, Terrence Ross went all aerial in staking claim to the title of the most acrobatic player in the NBA. T-Ross dominated the All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest in a flurry of highlight reel dunks that showcased his timing, his leaping ability, his power, his body control and his sense of humility. Eschewing what others have built into a showcase of props and self-promotion, T-Ross focused on clean demonstrations of his skills and physical capabilities. Instead of hauling out other celebrities and making them part of the act, T-Ross gave a young fan the thrill of his life. Instead of showing off his is own fame by bringing out a hip-hop star to help him with a jam, he borrowed his high school teammate and shared the limelight with him. Instead of donning a ridiculous cape and equating himself to a superhero, he donned the jersey of an aging star at the twighlight of his career and, in doing so, demonstrated his humility and his sense of appreciation for the short history of professional basketball in Toronto. It was a great night for a fellow Dawg. Enjoy the highlights.
- The Dunk contest was among the more exciting in recent history as the overall athleticism of the players in the NBA continues to impress. Here is ESPN's scorecard of all the participants.
The MBB finally pulled out of their skid by defeating the Oregon State Beavers last night. C.J. Wilcox showed some signs of breaking out of his prolonged slump and continued to demonstrate that he can impact the game on the defensive side of the ball. Cassino has the Dawg Pound recap right here. A couple of things jumped out at me after looking at the box score and watching the highlights (sorry, I couldn't watch the game live in Memphis). First, I noted that bench was assertive and aggressive - in particular in the rebounding department. In fact, at half time, the combination of Andrew Andrews, Jernard Jarreau and Desmond Simmons had outrebounded the entire Huskies starting lineup. The other big story of the night was the emergence of Jarreau. As Cassino noted in his write-up, Jarreau had the most efficient game of his young Husky career logging 21 minutes, 4-5 shooting and 7 rebounds.
In other big news, the Huskies Crew squad demonstrated why they are the two time defending champions in overcoming a disadvantaged starting position and defeating host Cambridge in the waters that host the famous "Boat Race". Here is the report from the Boat Race's website (always interesting to see how they document sports in another country).
- The Huskies Softball team continues to try to live up to their hype after splitting two games last week.
- As we try to bring a close to football recruiting 2013, I wanted to pass along a link to Jack Follman's post on Pacific Takes concerning the surprisingly strong recruiting classes that Sarkisian continues to reel in despite nothing more than average performance on the football field.