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Paper Dawgs: Three Takeaways From The Official UWMB's 2015-2016 Roster

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The Huskies basketball roster, and subsequently the heights and weights of the returning and incoming players was recently released. I took a look at the rosters, and wrote down my impressions of how the Huskies look on paper.

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The Huskies recently updated their official Men's basketball roster for the upcoming season. With that release comes the official heights and weights of all the returning and incoming players. While there was nothing too surprising, there are still a few things that Huskies fans can take away from the official listings.

1. The youth of the roster is evident

Four new guards, all under 200 pounds? Sounds like true freshman to me. At 6'6" 170 pounds, vaunted Freshman guard Dejounte Murray seems to be as skinny as advertised. While I expect him to make an immediate splash, I would be surprised if his lack of muscle did not cap his ability to contribute next season. I expect Murray to  be a very good player, but I do expect more growing pains for him than others might foresee. Dominic Green and Matisse Thybulle are also on the skinny side, weighing in at 185 and 190 pounds respectively. Though it is nice to see that they are both at least relatively close to the 200 pound range. And, quite frankly, the fact that Thybulle is listed at 190 pounds is a bit of a pleasant surprise.David Crisp has been talked about as an undersized guard ever since committing to the Huskies. While 6'0" 185 pounds is by no means imposing,that is a solid size and weight for a freshman guard, and should help him contribute right away.

2.The Huskies big men are undersized

If you have followed the development of the Huskies roster  during the last season, this should not come as a much of a revelation. The Huskies look to replace Robert Upshaw, Shawn Kemp Jr., and Jernard Jarreau with three three high-school freshman, one junior college transfer, and an SEC transfer who, in all likelihood will not be eligible next season. Assuming transfer Matthew Atewe is ineligible, the Huskies will have only one big man, true freshman Devin Duruisseau, who will be at least 240 pounds. The Huskies will likely need to push the pave more than they have in the past in order to make up for this lack of size. While they all seem up to the task of getting up and down the floor, I have to believe they will struggle on the defensive end, particularly in he post. Not only are they on the slim side,  the big men also seem to be a little short, as Malik Dime is the tallest player on the roster at 6'9" (along with walk on Joe Knight.)  Dime, Duruisseau,Noah Dickerson,  and Marquese Chriss will have their hands full trying to guarding the likes of Jakob PoeltlTony Parker, and Kaleb Tarczewski.

3. The Huskies add new walk on

The Huskies have added Junior Joe Knight to the roster. Knight is a local kid, as he played high school basketball at nearby Roosevelt High school. While I don't expect Knight to see the floor all that often next season, he is also not your typical walk on. He is an impressive athlete, as evidenced by his 6"10"1/4 high jump performance for the Huskies track team at the Washington indoor preview last season. He also has great speed for the forward position and can get up and down the floor. (Full disclosure: Joe and myself were teammates on our AAU team during our junior year in high school.) Knight will be a great player for the young big men to go up against in practice, as he is as athletic as almost every Pac-12 forward they will go up against this season. Look for Knight to provide a highlight dunk or two during exhibition games, and more importantly, to challenge the young big men in practice and help them improve.

2015-16 Roster

No.
Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
Hometown / Previous School / High School
12 Andrews, Andrew G 6-2 195 Sr. Portland, Ore. / Benson Tech
41 Atewe, Matthew F 6-8 245 So. Toronto, Ontario / Auburn / Notre Dame Prep
0 Chriss, Marquese F 6-9 225 Fr. Sacramento, Calif. / Pleasant Grove
1 Crisp, David G 6-0 185 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. / Brewster Academy (N.H.)
15 Dickerson, Noah C 6-8 225 Fr. Atlanta, Ga. / Montverde Academy (Fla.)
10 Dime, Malik F 6-9 220 Jr. Columbus, Ohio / Indian Hills CC
42 Dorsey, Donaven F 6-7 215 So. Lacey, Wash. / Timberline
24 Duruisseau, Devenir F 6-8 240 Fr. Palmdale, Calif. / Fishburne Military Academy
14 Garrett, KJ G 6-3 190 So. Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Rolling Hills Prep
22 Green, Dominic F 6-6 185 Fr. Seattle, Wash. / Hazen
20 Kingma, Dan G 5-10 155 So. Mill Creek, Wash. / Jackson
11 Knight, Joe F 6-9 225 Jr. Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt
5 Murray, Dejounte G 6-4.5 170 Fr. Seattle, Wash. / Rainier Beach
4 Thybulle, Matisse F 6-5 190 Fr. Issaquah, Wash. / Eastside Catholic
2 Winters, Quevyn G 6-5 200 Sr. Milwaukee, Wis. / Indian Hills CC