Basketball season is here and the Huskies will start the 2014-15 season with an exhibition game against Saint Martin's on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Huskies enter the season as one of the question marks of the Pac-12, so lets take a look at some questions that may be answered when the UW takes court on Thursday.
1. Is Jernard Jarreau healthy and ready to be a factor on both ends of the court?
The Huskies badly missed Jarreau's height on the defensive end last year, and with reports saying that he is now up to 240 pounds, he could be a factor not just on defense but as a low post offensive threat for the Huskies. All reports from team camp have reported Jarreau as being much improved and ready to be a major factor for the Huskies this year. I think if he averages just eight points and eight rebounds, the Huskies will be significantly better on both ends of the floor compared to last year.
2. Can Shawn Kemp Jr. play starter minutes
Lorenzo Romar announced on Thursday that Kemp Jr. will start against Saint Martin's, but will he be able to stay out of foul trouble and play with enough consistency to maintain that role? I have never seen a player get in foul trouble more than Kemp Jr., and the senior has only one year to reverse that label. We have all seen Kemp Jr. show amazing flashes during his career and if he is able to do it on a consistent basis, his post offensive gives the UW a new element that has been missing the last few years.
3. Who is Robert Upshaw?
The season is here and Upshaw is still on the team, so that's a big positive. Some say he could be a double-double who is one-and-done to the NBA, others think he may be kicked off the team by conference play. I think he has a lot of potential and could be a huge factor in the post for the Huskies on both ends, but I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon just yet. Who is getting on the Upshaw Express?
4. Who will score besides Nigel Williams-Goss?
I think everyone agrees that Nigel Williams-Goss will be the leading scorer, but who else will fill up the stat sheet for the Huskies? Andrew Andrews ended the year on a hot streak and will probably start the season as the No. 2 option. Darin Johnson has received high praise from the coaching staff and hopes to take a significant step up during his sophomore campaign. Quevyn Winters, Mike Anderson, and Donaven Dorsey will all share minutes but have the potential to provide firepower. And the post players are a big question mark as far as scoring ability. The Huskies have plenty of options for who emerges as the No. 2 scorer but a definitive answer has yet to be seen.
5. What channel is the game on?
I know all of you were wondering. Pac-12 Networks at 7:30 p.m.
What questions do you have about the hoops team this season? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.