A bundle of former Huskies were showcased this past weekend at the Seattle Pro-Am, played at SPU's Royal Brougham Pavilion. With the NBA in its offseason and players returning home, the UW alumni have flocked to SPU to play with the likes of Jamal Crawford and Seattle's best NBA talent. Here are the highlights from this past weekend.
Isaiah Thomas makes his pro-am debut
Now that Thomas has signed his new deal with the Phoenix Suns, the Tacoma native played at SPU for the first team this season and certainly didn't disappoint. Thomas kicked off his season with a 47 point, 10 rebound and nine assist performance against Jamal Crawford and the DNG Wolverines. Thomas helped lead the Ballislife Vikings to a 127-125 overtime win.
"It feels great because I can come out and play every weekend in front of the great fans in Seattle and just enjoy the experience," Thomas said after the victory over the Wolverines on Saturday. "I'm glad (the pro-am is) here and I'm glad to be a part of it."
But on Sunday it was Will Conroy who got the upper hand on Thomas. The UW's all-time assist leader finished with 46 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in a 128-127 win. Conroy hit a floater and was fouled with 1.4 seconds remaining and knocked down the ensuing free throw to give his BrandBlack Vandals the victory. Thomas finished with a game-high 59 points and dished out 11 assists. Conroy was joined by Mike Jensen, who scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Hawes and Pondexter battle
Spencer Hawes and Quincy Pondexter, who both came to the UW in the class of 2007, battled on Saturday and Pondexter came out victorious, leading the Up Top Huskies to a 119-113 victory over Hawes and the Kind Bar Hurricanes. Pondexter finished the afternoon with a game-high 48 points. Hawes tallied 41 points and 14 rebounds. Pondexter was helped by former UW sharpshooter Tre Simmons, who finished with 26 points. Hawes was joined by Pondexters teammate in Memphis, Beno Udrih, who scored 22 points.
"It felt awesome man. It was fun to just come out and play, to play in the city I really miss and made me the basketball player I am today," Pondexter said after defeating Hawes Saturday. "It's unbelievable seeing all your fans and people who you think might have forgotten about you but they didn't. They are still rooting you on and wanting you to do well. I really loved every moment of it."
On Sunday, Hawes matched up against Matthew Bryan-Amaning and collected 47 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Hurricanes to a 123-110 victory over the Uber Eagles. Bryan-Amaning finished with 37 points.
Even after seeing Bryan-Amaning's final stat line, Hawes wasn't dissapointed.
"At the Adam Morrison school of defense, that's good D" Hawes said with a laugh.
Besides the former Huskies, other notables in action included Portland Trailblazer Dorell Wright, former Husky Hikeem Stewart, UW commit Dejounte Murray, and of course, Jamal Crawford, who finished with 62 points on Sunday, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer that gave the Wolverines a 117-115 win.
After playing in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game, Kobe Bryant graced the crowd at SPU, appearing for the first quarter and a half of the final game on Sunday. When Crawford announced Bryant to the crowd, he referred to him as "This generation's Michael Jordan."
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