The NBA season is over, but for hardcore basketball fans, the summer provides more than enough basketball to consume. This Sunday's UW alumni basketball game kicks off a few months where the city of Seattle will get to see NBA players in action.
Sunday's alumni game along with its accompanying legends game and three-point and slam-dunk contests promise to be exciting. Rosters have been confirmed with Memphis Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter being the only player who might not make the event. The game pits pre-2009 Huskies vs. post-2009 Huskies.
Here are the rosters,
Obviously, a handful of talent will be on display, and for anybody that has followed this team in the past decade, it will be cool to see everyone in one place at the same time. No doubt, this game will be competitive; several players have taken to twitter and the radio to voice their trash talk.
My prediction? The after '09 team just seems too loaded. Even without Pondexter, the team boasts three current NBA players in Thomas, Ross and Wroten along with three guys who also had short NBA stints in Brockman, Holiday and Dentmon.
I like the pre-2009 team, but they just seem too old. Expect Robinson to score more than 30 points, he is notorious for putting up huge numbers in informal environments like this game.
Other players to keep your eye on include Simmons and Jones. The pair came from Romar's earlier teams and built successful careers overseas. Several of the players participating in this game will tell you Simmons is more than qualified to compete at the NBA level, but found his calling overseas. As for Jones, since is not from the Seattle-area, it has been difficult to keep tabs on his career.
For the auxiliary events, it will be fun to see Robinson and Ross square off in the dunk contest. In the three-point contest I'm drooling at the prospect of seeing Appleby, Simmons and a couple others in the shootout. The three-point contest takes place at halftime and the dunk contest will take place after the game.
Before the 2:00 p.m. for the Alumni game, a Legends game will take place between the older folk. Guys like Todd MacCulloch and Christian Welp have signed up for the legends game, with Romar possibly participating as well.
For tickets, head over to GoHuskies.com/Events. General admission is $15 with children under 12 getting in for free. If you are not able to make the game, I'll be there reporting live from this blog along with tweets from @KevinCacabelos.