Husky Men Host ASU and No. 20 Arizona in Basketball
Jan. 8, 2002
Thurs., Jan. 10 -
UW vs. Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
Sat., Jan. 12 -
UW vs. #20 Arizona, 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (6-8, 0-4) seek to halt a six-game losing streak when they return from a three-game road trip to host their conference rivals from the state of Arizona. Washington entertains Arizona State (9-4, 2-2) on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tip-off is 7 p.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena. The Sun Devils won the last meeting 89-57 in Tempe, earning a split of the season series with UW. The Huskies posted a 70-68 overtime triumph over ASU last season in Seattle. On Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. PST, Washington hosts 20th-ranked Arizona (9-4, 2-2) which won the last four meetings. The Huskies lost their last six games, including a pair of losses to each of the Los Angeles schools. UW lost 74-62 on Jan. 4 at UCLA before falling 94-74 at USC on Jan. 6 in its last outing. The Huskies lost their first four conference games for the first time since 1995. Three of the losses during the current six-game skid came against ranked teams as Washington's schedule is rated the nation's fifth most difficult in the Sagarin Ratings published in USA Today.
Thursday's Washington-Arizona State game will NOT be televised. Saturday's UW-Arizona game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/
Freshman Charles Frederick, who began practicing with the basketball team on Monday (Dec. 31), suited up for the first time on Thursday at UCLA. He saw his first game action on Jan. 6 at USC, an eight-minute stint during which he had two points, two assists and one steal. Frederick is a scholarship receiver on the Husky football team which concluded its season Dec. 28 with a 47-43 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Frederick was the leading punt returner for the Huskies with an average of 14.6 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown return against Idaho (Sept. 22). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America special team selection. Frederick was a top-50 national recruit in both football and basketball. He averaged 19 points and eight steals from his point guard position as a senior in 2001 at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla.
Washington's schedule was rated the nation's fifth toughest in the Sagarin rankings published Jan. 7 by USA Today. The combined record of the five teams UW lost to is 61-23 ... Point guard Curtis Allen has 63 assists, just two fewer than the 65 assists he had during the entire 2000-01 season ... Center David Dixon has blocked 25 shots in 14 games, one more than the 24 blocks he accumulated during the entire 30-game season last year ... The 29-point outburst at USC (Jan. 6) by Doug Wrenn in the last game was the highest scoring output by a Husky since Deon Luton tallied 30 points against Boise State on Dec. 23, 1999 ... UW players have registered eight 20-point scoring games, matching last season's entire total of eight 20-point individual outings ... Senior Grant Leep leads all Pac-10 players in 3-point accuracy, converting 60 percent (18-30) of his trey attempts ... USC registered 21 steals on Saturday, a single-game record for a Washington opponent ... Washington lost all five games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage ... The Huskies tied their single-game record with 29 attempts from 3-point range at UCLA (Jan. 4). UW tried 29 treys against Fresno State on Dec. 8, 1992. Josh Barnard's 15 trey attempts were a record for a Husky, topping the previous record of 14 3-point shots by Deon Luton against Saint Mary's on Nov. 23, 1997 ... The Huskies are shooting 70.6 percent from the free throw line (235-333), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10. Sophomore Curtis Allen ranks fourth among Pac-10 players, hitting 88.9-percent of his free throws (56-63).
Forward Doug Wrenn suffered a small fracture of his orbital bone after being elbowed in the right eye during the first half at Saint Louis (Dec. 29). He suffered severe swelling and did not practice until Wednesday (Jan. 3). Wrenn played in both games last week ... Freshman forward Mike Jensen, who dislocated his left shoulder during practice on Dec. 3, underwent surgery on Dec. 10 and will miss the rest of the season. Jensen suffered a torn labrum. He is the second Husky big man to suffer a season-ending injury, joining 6-10 center Marlon Shelton who had left knee surgery on Oct. 16.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 30-19 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The two teams split the seasons serie last year with Washington posting a 70-68 overtime decision on Jan. 11 in Seattle and the Sun Devils winning 89-57 on Feb. 10 in Tempe.
> ASU and Washington have met 24 times in Seattle and the series is tied 12-12.
> Fourth-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 3-3 record against Washington.
> In his ninth year at Washington, Bob Bender has a 6-10 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
Arizona State 89, UW 57 (Feb. 10, 2001, Tempe, Ariz.) -
Reserve forward Tommy Smith scored a career-high 24 points and tied a Pac-10 accuracy record by making all 11 of his shots from the field in Arizona State's 89-57 triumph over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. It was the worst loss of the season for the Huskies (9-14, 3-8) who converted just 9-of-27 free throw attempts. Smith matched the record of UCLA's Marques Johnson who made 11 field goals without a miss against California in 1976. Smith scored 10 points to ignite a 19-2 ASU run during which Washington went without a field goal for 6:48. The surge sent the Sun Devils to a 25-9 lead en route to a 45-31 halftime advantage. The final 32-point margin was the largest of the game as Arizona State tallied the game's final 10 points. The Sun Devils (11-11, 3-8) shot 61 percent from the field and outrebounded UW 45-25. Alton Mason scored 20 points for ASU which also got 13 from Chad Prewitt and 11 from Donnell Knight. Michael Johnson and Curtis Allen paced the Huskies with 14 points apiece.
The Huskies have blocked five or more shots in nine games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington blocked 67 shots this season, an average of 4.79 blocks per game. The 1993 Husky squad averaged 4.37 blocks en route to the school's season record of 118. Senior David Dixon leads the team and ranked fourth among Pac-10 players with 25 blocks. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies and sixth in the conference with 21 blocked shots. Nearly one in every four shots Santa Clara attempted on Nov. 24 was rejected as Washington shattered its school single-game record with 14 blocked shots. The Huskies bettered their record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 against Chico State. The leading shot blocker was Dixon whose seven blocks broke the individual UW record of six blocks accomplished twice by Chris Welp in 1986. Five different Huskies had blocks against Santa Clara.
'Washington freshman point guard Curtis Allen is the latest technology in Pac-10 point guards. He's got a microchip that Earl Watson and Mike McDonald and Jason Gardner don't have. Hit the mouse and see nothing but blur.'
-- Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, sophomore point guard Curtis Allen is improving upon last season's performance when he was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen team. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. He posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in Washington's 77-64 home victory over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. His playmaking skills have improved dramatically. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 11 of 14 games with a total of 63, an average of 4.5 per game. Last season he distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. His shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 46 percent from the field (51-112), including 41 percent from 3-point range (20-49). Those numbers are up from his 39-percent and 25-percent figures from last year. He has already equaled his total of 3-pointers from last season with 20 treys. Last season, Allen had one of the finest campaigns for a Husky rookie, ranking third among all-time UW freshmen in steals (29) and No. 4 in assists (65).
Less is More
Fans will be seeing a lot less of 6-foot-11 senior center David Dixon this season. He shed 40 pounds from last year and his current 270-pound weight enables him to be more active and average 28.0 minutes per game. Last season, Dixon played 14.7 minutes per contest and averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. He has been more effective this year, leading the team with 7.6 rebounds per game while ranking fifth with a 7.8-point scoring average. Dixon has 25 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. Dixon blocked a school-record seven shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering the single-game mark of six set by Chris Welp during the 1986 season. Dixon tallied double-figure points six times. He has two double-doubles with a 15-point, 13-rebound performance against Butler (Nov. 18) and a 12-point, 15-rebound effort at New Mexico State (Dec. 8).
One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in Husky history was that of sophomore Doug Wrenn, a supremely athletic 6-8 forward who red-shirted last season after transferring from Connecticut. Wrenn fulfilled expectations with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn leads the team with an average of 16.6 points per game, including a season-high 29-point performance at USC (Jan. 6) in his last outing. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with six seconds left. Wrenn topped all Husky scorers on nine occasions. He posted 10 double-figure scoring games, including four 20-point outings. He did not participate in the Nov. 15 regular-season opener against Alaska-Fairbanks while serving a one-game suspension due to a minor NCAA rules violation. Wrenn played in an unsanctioned competition during May in violation of an NCAA rule prohibiting Division I student-athletes from participating in outside competition during the academic year. He played three minutes in the Emerald City All-Star Tournament at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School. Three players from other NCAA Division I schools participated in the same tournament and were held out of one game as well. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn sat out last season at UW after transferring from Connecticut. He was projected by Basketball News as the Pac-10's top newcomer. Wrenn, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, attended two East Coast prep schools in 1998-99 and played at UConn in 1999-2000.
Freshman guard Erroll Knight's collegiate debut was delayed, but it was worth the wait. Knight amassed a team-high 23 points at Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 15, the highest point total for a freshman in a debut game at Washington. He eclipsed the record of 22 points set by Deon Luton against Brigham Young on Nov. 26, 1996. Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery in his left knee on Nov. 2. He had swelling in his knee during preseason practice and underwent an MRI on Oct. 30 that revealed a loose fragment of cartilage. The projected rehabilitation time was approximately three weeks, but Knight returned to practice just 10 days later (Nov. 12). He played 28 minutes in his inaugural collegiate outing, hitting 9-of-16 shots from the field that included 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. That was the collegiate debut for Knight who did not play in either of UW's exhibition games. Knight started the next nine UW games before a left ankle injury forced him to play the USC game (Dec. 27) as a reserve. He ranks sixth on the team with a 7.6-point scoring average. He was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team. Knight was one of the nation's premier prep shooting guards last year. The athletic 6-7 swingman averaged 19.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. He was a consensus top-100 national prep pick by the recruiting services, including Prep-West Hoops which ranked him as the No. 2 shooting guard in the West.
Washington's inside corps was bolstered by the recent addition of 6-10 walk-on center Ben Devoe who began practicing with the team on Dec. 31. Devoe gives the Huskies a much-needed big body after the season-ending injuries of Marlon Shelton (left knee) and Mike Jensen (left shoulder). He did not travel to Los Angeles, but will be available for games this week. Devoe averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior in 2000 at Olympia (Wash.) High School. He attended the Air Force Prepatory Academy in Colorado Springs for one semester before beginning a Mormon mission in Pennsylvania. His mission was cut short by a back injury that forced Devoe to return to Olympia this fall. His availability was made known to the Husky coaching staff in December and late in the month he was accepted into Washington for the winter quarter that began January 7.
Hoopsters Honor Erickson
The Washington basketball players are wearing a black patch on the front of their jerseys with the initials 'D.E.' They are wearing those in remembrance of Dick Erickson, a friend of the basketball program who died in July. Erickson was involved for nearly 50 years with UW athletics. He participated as an athlete then a coach with the Husky rowing team before serving as the Facilities Manager for the athletic department. Erickson was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on two occasions, in 1984 as part of the 1958 national championship crew and in 1994 as the head coach of the men's crew from 1968-82.
Last Husky Game
USC 94, UW 74 (Jan. 6, 2002, Los Angeles) -
David Bluthenthal led five double-figure scorers with 18 points, leading USC to a 94-74 victory over Washington at The Forum. The Trojans (12-2, 4-0), who swept UW for the third straight season, recorded their record seventh straight win in the series. The Huskies (6-8, 0-4) suffered their sixth consecutive loss. USC used 21 steals to force 26 Husky turnovers and outscored UW 32-12 off the miscues. Washington held a slim 5-4 lead at two minutes into the game when the Trojans staged a 25-5 run over the next 6:36 to claim a commanding 29-10 advantage. The margin was 51-30 at halftime and grew to as many as 32 points in the second half. Sam Clancy scored 11 straight USC points in the second half and finished with 17 for the game, matching the totals for Brandon Granville and Errick Craven. Granville also contributed 10 assists and six steals. Desmon Farmer had 15 points for the Trojans. Doug Wrenn tallied 23 of his career-high 29 points in the second half for the Huskies who also got 11 points from David Dixon and 10 from Curtis Allen.
Recapping the Current Campaign
The Huskies finished second at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Ak. They defeated host Alaska Fairbanks 82-70 and Bowling Green 81-74 before losing in the championship game to Butler by a 67-64 count. Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender or sophomore forward Doug Wrenn. Bender was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib while Wrenn was serving a one-game suspension for a minor NCAA violation. UW won its home opener 69-49 over Santa Clara (Nov. 24) and blocked a school-record 14 shots in the process. The Huskies beat UNLV 7-64 in Seattle (Nov. 28) behind the career-high 21 point, eight-assist effort of Curtis Allen. Allen increased that career-high total to 27 points in the next outing, a 98-94 win at San Diego (Dec. 1) in which UW hit 37-of-43 free throws. UW drew a split on a road trip to the Southwest, losing 74-62 at UTEP (Dec. 6) before edging New Mexico State 75-74 (Dec. 8) on a Doug Wrenn basket with 0:06 remaining. The Huskies shot a season-low 28 percent in losing 67-47 to No. 25 Gonzaga (Dec. 11) in front of a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bank of America Arena. UW lost 85-79 at home to No. 19 UCLA in the Pac-10 opener. That was the Bruins first win in Seattle since 1997. USC matched its longest winning streak against UW, claiming its sixth straight victory by an 87-65 count in Seattle (Dec. 27). The Huskies suffered a 71-70 setback at Saint Louis (Dec. 29) on a 3-pointer with 15.6 seconds left. UCLA completed a season sweep with a 74-62 win (Jan. 4), its 16th straight win over UW at Pauley Pavilion. USC won 94-74 (Jan. 6) at The Forum to cap its third consecutive season sweep over UW en route to a series record seventh straight victory.
Sophomore Doug Wrenn scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the second half Saturday (Jan. 6) at USC. That was the highest scoring output for a UW player since Deon Luton tallied 30 points against Boise State on Dec. 23, 1999 ... The Huskies won their home opener on Nov. 24, defeating Santa Clara 69-49. That improved their all-time record in home openers to 81-18. It was the 99th all-time home opener for UW which did not play any home games during the 1905 season ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... On Nov. 15 Erroll Knight scored a UW freshman debut record 23 points. He topped the mark of 22 points set by Deon Luton on Nov. 26, 1996 in his collegiate debut against BYU ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Sophomore point guard Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference honor since Deon Luton was honored on Feb. 8, 1999 ... Nine of the 15 players on the roster had never played a game at Washington prior to this season ... Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender or sophomore forward Doug Wrenn. During that Nov. 15 opening game, Bender was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib while Wrenn was serving a one-game suspension for a minor NCAA violation ... Washington's Dec. 11 home game against Gonzaga was a sellout, the second sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened in November 2000 with a new 10,000-seat configuration. The first sellout was on Jan. 13, 2001 against Arizona.
The Huskies are shooting 40.0 percent (88-220) from 3-point range, a drastic improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure. The school's single-season 3-point shooting record is 40.1 percent, established by the 1988-89 UW squad. Senior Grant Leep leads the team and all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, having converted 60 percent of his treys (18-30). Junior Josh Barnard leads the Huskies in total 3-pointers with 23 treys, including six at UCLA (Jan. 4).
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has a nine-year record of 111-132 with the Huskies. The UW tied for ninth place in the Pac-10 with a 4-4 record in 2001 and had a 10-20 overall record. In 2000, the Huskies tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 111 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 13-year career record of 171-189. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.
Ninth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20, 2000 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 111 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the head coach at Washington.
Bender is Back
Men's basketball coach Bob Bender returned to the Washington bench Nov. 17 against Bowling Green and has been patrolling the sidelines ever since then. He missed the Nov. 15 regular-season opener at Alaska Fairbanks due to a bruised rib that kept him in Seattle. Bender arrived in Fairbanks on Nov. 16, during an off-day for the Huskies. Bender was scheduled to fly to Fairbanks with the team on Nov. 14 morning, but was at University of Washington Medical Center instead undergoing tests. He slipped and fell outside his house on Nov. 12 and developed severe back pain. Bender was diagnosed with a bruised rib on Nov. 14 and released that afternoon, while the team was arriving in Fairbanks. Bender spoke to the team via speakerphone on the afternoon of the opener (Nov. 15) and expressed his regrets about missing the game.
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his seventh season on the staff, his third as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire eight-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, is in his second season.
Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-4 record, its first winning record since the 1998-99 team posted a 7-3 record. UW had a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 last season.
Home Sweet Home
For the first time in two years, the Huskies will play all of their home games on campus, in newly renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena is more intimate with a basketball-only configuration. Washington has won 753 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. UW played two exhibitions and the regular-season opener last year at different venues before playing the remaining games in The Pavilion.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 32-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965 and won the last four games against UW.
> The Wildcats won eight of the last nine meetings against Washington, including a sweep of the last two season series. UA won 89-64 last season in Seattle followed by an 82-62 win in Tucson.
> Arizona won in its last two visits to Seattle to take a 12-11 series lead on the Huskies' homecourts.
> 19th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 26-11 all-time record against the Huskies.
> Ninth-year Washington coach Bob Bender is 4-12 against Arizona. Bender twice played against Lute Olson-coached Iowa in 1976. A freshman on Indiana's undefeated national championship team, Bender played six minutes in a 101-81 win at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).
Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-16 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (10) and California (7) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Since 1991, Washington has a 4-29 record against top-10 ranked opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. Seven of the Huskies' last 19 wins over teams ranked in the top 25 came against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
(#11) Arizona 82, UW 62 (Feb. 3, 2001, Seattle) -
Michael Wright grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half as 11th-ranked Arizona took control early en route to an 82-62 win over Washington at McKale Center. The Wildcats (16-6, 8-2) beat UW (9-13, 3-7) in Tucson for the 16th time in the last 17 meetings. Arizona amassed 15 steals and parlayed a season-high 29 Husky turnovers into 35 points. The Huskies rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit, drawing within 24-23 on a 3-pointer by Michael Johnson 3:40 before halftime. The Wildcats outscored UW 13-3 the rest of the half to claim a 37-26 advantage at intermission. Arizona opened the second half with a 10-2 run and led by as many as 24 points in the second half. Gilbert Arenas tallied 12 of his 17 points in the second half for the Wildcats who also got 10 points apiece from Loren Woods and Eugene Edgerson. Curtis Allen paced the Huskies with 16 points. UW's C.J. Massingale scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Thalo Green posted his entire 10-point total in the first. The Huskies had a 40-34 rebound edge and limited Arizona to 1-for-14 shooting from 3-point range. The Wildcats hit just 1-of-12 treys in the first meeting.
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for 'Husky Talk,' a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau who does play-by-play for all UW games.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack is perfect for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $16 while general admission seats are $6. UW students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available on-line via the athletic department website: www.gohuskies.com
The Husky roster features three players from Tacoma, Washington. Junior guard Josh Barnard (Bethel HS), a transfer from Tacoma Community College, joins sophomore guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having three players from Tacoma is remarkable considering UW went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) who lettered from 1977-80.
Freshman forward Mike Jensen, who dislocated his left shoulder Dec. 3, underwent surgery on Dec. 10 and will miss the rest of the season. Jensen was injured during practice and a shoulder specialist using an MRI discovered a torn labrum that required surgery. 'Having him continue to play is not worth the risk of re-injuring his shoulder or having it pop out again,' Coach Bob Bender said. 'Having surgery right now is in Mike's best interest and really, there was no other option. The most important thing is for Mike to get healthy.' Jensen participated in five of the first six games for the Huskies and will likely be granted a medical red-shirt season after the UW coaching and medical staffs request one from the NCAA. That should enable him to have four more seasons of eligibility. Jensen averaged 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game. A product of Kentwood (Wash.) High School, Jensen was rated the No. 1 power forward in the West last year by Pac-West Hoops. He was the nation's 66th-ranked high school prospect by The Sporting News and was one of 100 national finalists for the 2001 McDonald's All-American Game. He is the second Husky big man to suffer a season-ending injury, joining 6-10 senior center Marlon Shelton who re-injured his left knee and will miss the entire 2001-02 season. Shelton suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee against USC on March 8 during the second-to-last game of the 2001 season. He had been rehabilitating his knee after undergoing surgery in April. Shelton re-injured his knee in September had another surgery on Oct. 16 to repair his ACL and medial meniscus. Shelton is expected to utilize his red-shirt season and return next year as a fifth-year senior. A product of Rochester (Mich.) High School, Shelton is a three-year letterman at Washington. He led the team with 38 blocked shots last season while averaging 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 14-21) from two prep standouts, both from Seattle's Garfield High School. Brandon Roy, a 6-5 wing player, is one of the premier prep players in the nation and Anthony Washington is a 6-9 rising power forward prospect who initially signed last year with the Huskies, but returned to Garfield to complete some coursework. Those two will join the team in the fall of 2002 and be reunited with former prep teammate Will Conroy who is currently a freshman point guard at UW. The Huskies have one remaining scholarship to offer during the spring letter of intent period that begins April 15.
6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The No. 2-ranked small forward in the West by Prep-West Hoops ... Rated No. 47 nationally among all positions by CNN/SI ... Averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last year at Garfield High School ... A first-team 2001 All-Washington state selection in the 4A classification ... The 2001 KingCo Conference MVP.
6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The ninth-rated power forward in the West last year by Prep-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News last year... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions of 2000 ... Averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as senior at Garfield High in 2001 ... Blocked 21 shots in four games to set a new state tournament record ... Had more blocks than the previous tournament team record of 20.