Fridays match-up can be viewed on the Pac-12 Networks. Radio- Sports Radio KJR 950
Player to watch- DJ Shelton
Bio- Shelton joined the Cougars in 2011 after playing a season at Citrus college in Glendora, Calif. He redshirted his freshman season at Cal State Fullerton in 2009 before deciding to leave the team. Shelton is now stranger to switching teams, as he played for four different high schools during his prep career. As a senior at East Bakersfield High School, he averaged 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. His uncle Lonnie Shelton starred at Oregon State before playing 10 years in the NBA. He has one cousin who played in the NFL and three cousins who played collegiate basketball.
Stats- Shelton is currently the second leading scorer and top rebounder for the Cougars, averaging 10 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He has been playing some of his best basketball of the season as of late, scoring double-digit points in the last five games. Shelton has grabbed 10+ rebounds in four of those five contests. In the Cougars 72-67 victory over the Huskies on Feb. 1, Shelton dominated the UW, scoring 20 points and collecting 18 rebounds. He has recorded 10 double-doubles on the season.
Scouting Report- Shelton used his length and athleticism to dominate the Huskies in every asset of the game in their last match-up. He doesn't shoot a high percentage (28%) but has shown that he can stretch the floor and knock down a 3-pointer if you leave him open. He doesn't get to the foul line often, averaging just under three attempts per game, but heshoots a good percentage (80%). Athletically Shelton is explosive for his size (6'10) and after his last performance against the Huskies, will be fired up to silence the home crowd at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Huskies only chance at making the NCAA tournament is winning the PAC-12 tournament, but the Huskies are in desperate need of wins if they want to be considered for the NIT. With three home games remaining, the Huskies definitely have a chance to finish out the conference season strong. After an embarrassing loss to the Cougars to begin the month, the UW should be hungry for revenge against a team they are a lot more talented then. There is no way I will ever pick the Cougs, give me UW 78-68.
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