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Chris Landon Keeps Up Hot Stretch on Recruiting Trail

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Meet another new member of the UWDP team

If you can’t be a UW fan in Seattle, I highly recommend Switzerland.

Hello fellow Husky fans,

I am incredibly excited to join the UW Dawg Pound team as the new basketball editor. I love the community that has been created here and am happy to contribute to it further.

I thought I’d give out a little information about me just in case anyone who is not related to me happens to be reading this (Hi Mom!). I’m a third-generation Husky who has been a devoted UW fan for just about all of my life. I only say just about because baseball dominated the sports landscape in my household growing up and I didn’t begin watching football and basketball regularly until I hit middle school.

That particular timing means two things. For football, it means that the next two weeks will determine whether I get to see UW in a premiere bowl game for the first time in my life. My freshman year at UW was 2008 and I sat through every single minute of the season from hell in a mostly empty Dawg Pack. But a season like the one happening right now is why we put ourselves through that. Sometimes it really hurts to be a sports fan but that pain makes the ecstasy of a great season that much sweeter.

For basketball, it means that the only UW coach I’ve ever known is Lorenzo Romar. I started out as a bandwagon fan during that first Sweet 16 run and haven’t stopped watching since. For the last decade and a half, the program has been blessed with a string of great players who have also served as ambassadors for the sport and the University of Washington. Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy, Jon Brockman, Quincy Pondexter, and Isaiah Thomas have all deepened my love for the Huskies as well as for college basketball.

This is clearly an exciting time to be a UW football fan but I think it’s also a great time to be a UW basketball fan. Between Markelle Fultz and Kelsey Plum, Washington basketball has perhaps the best player in the history of the program on both the men’s and women’s sides. The hot recruiting run by Coach Romar and the rest of the staff has breathed some life into the program and assured that we’ll receive more national attention than we have in years.

My goal for the basketball writing here at UWDP is to provide a balanced account of what’s happening on and off the court as well as to hopefully help fans become more knowledgeable about the team and the sport. In order to do that, I want to make sure that we are engaged with all of the readers. If anyone has anything in particular that they would like to see from the basketball coverage please put it in the comments and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Go Dawgs!