UW Meets Oregon State Thursday in Critical Men's Basketball Tilt
Feb. 18, 2002
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 -
UW at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST (No TV)
Gill Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 -
UW at #15 Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST (No Local TV)
McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.
A berth into the Pac-10 Tournament is at stake on Thursday, Feb. 21 when the Washington Huskies (9-16, 3-12) meet Oregon State (10-14, 3-11) at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. Tip-off is 7 p.m. for the game that will give the winner an inside track on the eighth, and final, berth to the conference tournament. The Beavers won the last five meetings against UW, including a 68-53 victory on Jan. 26 in Seattle. Coach Bob Bender clashes with former assistant coach Ritchie McKay for the fourth time. McKay was a UW assistant in Bender's first two years from 1992-93. The game at OSU is the first game on Washington's annual bus trip south to the Willamette Valley to meet their Northwest rivals. The Huskies visit Eugene to play conference co-leader and 15th-ranked Oregon (18-7, 10-4) on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at McArthur Court where Washington won in its last two visits. UW upset then 19th-ranked Oregon 97-92 on Jan. 24 in Seattle. UW halted a five-game losing streak on Saturday with a 75-60 home win over California. The Huskies close out the regular season at home on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against cross-state rival Washington State.
The top eight finishers in the final regular-season standings will compete March 7-9 in the Pac-10 Tournament at Los Angeles' Staples Center. That is the fifth Pac-10 Tournament, but the first since the conference stopped hosting the post-season event following the 1990 season. In the four previous Pac-10 events, between 1987-90, all 10 conference teams participated. The top seven teams in the current conference standings have clinched tournament berths. Thursday's winner will virtually secure the eighth spot as the loser would need to gain two games on the winner with only one week remaining. The UW-OSU winner will have a one-game advantage in the Pac-10 standings and will also own the tiebreaker over the other. A Beaver victory would give them a sweep of the season series, giving them the No. 1 tiebreaker which is head-to-head record. A Washington win creates a split of the season series, putting the second tiebreaker into play which is each team's respective record against the conference leaders. UW defeated Pac-10 co-leader Oregon while OSU's best victory is over seventh-place Arizona State.
Neither game this week will be televised locally in the Seattle area. The next telecast is Feb. 27. Fox Sports Northwest will air the UW-Washington State game live at 7:30 p.m. 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/
Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn's 20.0-point scoring average is the highest for a Husky since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1996-97. Wrenn led all Washington scorers in 11 straight games before being held to a season-low six points on Saturday against California. In those previous 11 games, Wrenn averaged 26.0 points and scored 36 percent of the Huskies' points (286 of 784). He topped the 30-point barrier four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He has 11 games with at least 20 points and led all Husky scorers on 19 occasions. Wrenn has three double-doubles and is second on the team with 44 assists.
Washington has started nine different lineups this year after implementing 15 unique lineups last season. The lineup of Wrenn/Leep/Dixon/Allen/Knight started 15 of the Huskies' 25 games, posting a 6-9 record. The seven other starting units combined for a 3-7 record. After using the same lineup for 15 of the first 19 games, the Huskies have utilized different sets of starters in each of the last six outings. The rotating lineups have seen nine different players drawing at least one starting assignment. Senior center David Dixon is the only player to start every game this season.
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 138-132 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> Oregon State won the last five meetings, sweeping the last two season series in the process. OSU's current five-game winning streak is the longest in its series with the Huskies since a five-game skein from 1991-93. The last time Oregon State won more than five straight versus UW was an 11-game streak between 1978 and 1983.
> The Beavers boast a 92-42 advantage over Washington in Corvallis, including victories in the Huskies' last two visits to Gill Coliseum.
> Second-year Oregon State Coach Ritchie McKay is the only former assistant to coach against Bob Bender. He has a 3-1 all-time record against Washington. McKay's Portland State team lost to the Huskies 83-70 on Nov. 30, 1996 in Seattle before his OSU team won his last three meetings with the Huskies.
> McKay was a graduate assistant coach at Washington in 1988-89 under Andy Russo and returned to serve as an assistant during Bender's first two years at UW, the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. McKay left Washington to become the head coach at Portland State. He then went to Colorado State before his arrival at Oregon State.
> Ninth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 10-7 record against Oregon State and is 1-3 against McKay.
The Last Meeting
Oregon State 68, UW 53 (Jan. 26, 2002, Seattle)
Philip Ricci scored seven of his 21 points during the final 5:35 of the first half when Oregon State took control en route to its fifth straight win over Washington, a 68-53 decision at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (8-12, 2-8) got a 3-pointer by Erroll Knight at 7:16 and then missed their final seven shots in the first half. UW led 20-18 before Ricci fueled a 14-4 Beaver run to take a 32-24 halftime advantage. Oregon State (10-9, 3-6) opened the second half with a 12-5 surge behind seven more Ricci points, taking a commanding 44-29 lead with 15:17 left to play. Jimmie Haywood added 11 points for Oregon State which shot 51 percent from the field (25-49) while limiting the Huskies to 38-percent accuracy (17-45). Doug Wrenn led UW in scoring for the seventh straight game with 19 points. David Dixon registered his fifth double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
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.
Washington's schedule was rated the nation's second most difficult in the Feb. 18 Sagarin Ratings published by USA Today. Nine of the 16 Husky losses came against teams that are currently ranked. Six teams on the UW schedule were listed in this week's (Feb. 18) Associated Press top-25 poll, including seventh-ranked Gonzaga, Stanford (#10), Arizona (#14), Oregon (#15), USC (#20) and UCLA (#25). Five of the Huskies' last 10 opponents were ranked at the time of the game.
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 and ranks third among Pac-10 players with an average of 20.0 points per game, including a career-high 35-point performance at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). Wrenn 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. He topped all Husky scorers on 19 occasions and posted 20 double-figure games, including 11 outings with 20 points. Wrenn has three double doubles and ranks second on the team with 46 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted 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.
Washington rejected a school single-season record 122 shots this season, an average of 4.88 blocks per game that leads all Pac-10 teams. The Huskies surpassed the school record of 118 established by the 1993 UW squad that averaged 4.37 blocks per game. The Huskies have blocked five or more shots in 15 games this season after reaching the five-block plateau only five times all last season. Senior David Dixon has 58 blocks to rank second among Pac-10 players with an average of 2.32 per game. He ranks No. 3 among all-time Husky single-season leaders. Dixon's 89 career blocks rank No. 3 in the UW record book. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies and seventh in the conference with 30 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. Dixon matched his single-game record with seven blocks at WSU (Jan. 31).
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 27.7 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 and ranking fourth among Pac-10 players with 7.6 rebounds per game. His 8.0-point scoring average is third best on the team. Dixon tallied double-figure points 10 times and has five double-doubles. Dixon's 191 rebounds are 94 more than the 97 he grabbed all last season.
Return to Sender
David Dixon has 58 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. His 58 blocks are the third-highest single-season total in Washington history. He needs six blocks to move into the No. 2 spot ahead of Chris Welp who had 63 blocks in 1987. Dixon's 89 career blocked shots rank No. 3 on the school's all-time list, trailing only Chris Welp (186) and Todd MacCulloch (142) who each played four seasons to just three for Dixon. Dixon boasts the top three blocked shot games in Husky history. He denied 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 equaled his own school record with seven blocks at Washington State (Jan. 31). He had six rejections against Arizona State (Jan. 10). Dixon ranks second among all Pac-10 players with 58 blocked shots, an average of 2.32 blocks per game.
The Washington basketball players are wearing a black patch on the front of their jerseys with the initials 'D.E.' 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. As a write-in candidate, Erickson won an on-line vote in the fall in which fans were asked who they would like to have portrayed by a bobblehead doll. He received more votes than current Husky head coaches Bob Bender, Rick Neuheisel and June Daugherty did. Bobbleheads bearing his likeness were distributed to the first 2,500 spectators at the Feb. 16 men's basketball game against California and his family was recognized during pre-game ceremonies.
'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 voted 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. Allen posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's 77-64 win 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 18 of 25 games with a total of 113, an average of 4.5 per game. He is the 21st Husky to post a 100-assist season and currently ranks No. 11 among all-time UW playmakers. Last year, Allen distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. He had 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone at California on Feb. 20, 1970. His 3-point shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc (37-98) after shooting 3-pointers at a 25-percent clip last year. He has 37 treys, 17 more than last season's total of 20. Last season, Allen had one of the finest campaigns for a Husky rookie, ranking third among all-time freshmen in steals (29) and No. 4 in assists (65).
UW lost all 12 games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage and is 9-4 when out shooting its foes ... Jeffrey Day has 30 blocked shots, just two away from Todd MacCulloch's Washington freshman record of 32 established in 1996 ... Curtis Allen ranks second among Pac-10 players (87.5%) in free throw accuracy. He converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26 ... Allen hit all 12 of his free throws against Oregon (Jan. 24), tying the school's single-game percentage record. Six players have been perfect on 12 of more throws in all-time UW games led by the 14-for-14 effort of Bill Hanson against Idaho on March 10, 1961 ... The Huskies are shooting 68.0 percent from the free throw line (398-585), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10 ... The Huskies' 97-92 win over Oregon (Jan. 24) marked the first time they trailed with 5:00 remaining and won the game. UW has a 1-14 record in games when trailing at the 5:00 mark ... UW players posted 16 games of 20-or-more points, doubling last season's entire total of eight 20-point individual outings.
Washington senior Grant Leep leads all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, having converted 51.6 percent (32-62) of his trey tries. Leep leads a Husky team that is shooting 34.9 percent (148-424) from 3-point range, an improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure.
Freshman guard Erroll 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. Knight started 19 of 25 games this season. He ranks fifth on the team with a 6.7-point scoring average. Knight scored 19 points and led the team with eight rebounds against Arizona State (Jan. 10). 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.
Last Husky Game
UW 75, California 60 (Feb. 16, 2002, Seattle)
C.J. Massingale tied his career-high with 25 points, including six during the decisive four-minute stretch in the second half of Washington's 75-60 upset of second-place California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-16, 3-12) halted their five-game losing streak and a four-game skid against California (18-6, 9-5). Washington gradually overcame an early 18-10 deficit, taking a 31-29 lead by halftime. The Golden Bears tallied 12 unanswered points to go ahead 45-38 with 14:13 left to play. The lead was 49-44 before the Huskies staged a 13-2 run to claim the lead for good at 57-51 with 8:25 remaining. Massingale had six points during the run that he capped by driving and distributing to David Dixon for a dunk. Grant Leep and Curtis Allen each had 12 points for Washington. Cal held Doug Wrenn to six points, 14 points under his 20.6-point average. Wrenn led all UW scorers in the previous 11 games. Joe Shipp scored 15 points for the Bears who also got 12 from Ryan Forehan-Kelly and 11 from Solomon Hughes. The Huskies missed 13 of their first 15 shots from 3-point range before converting five straight 3-pointers and finishing at 7-of-21 for the game. Cal hit just 1-of-12 treys.
The youthful Huskies have a roster that includes seven freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and three seniors. Ten of 16 UW athletes had never played a game at Washington before this season. The predominantly local list of athletes includes 13 of 16 players from high schools in the state of Washington.
Doug Wrenn tallied a career-high 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7), the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch scored 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996 ... Wrenn's four 30-point outings are the third-best single-season total by a Husky and are the most since Louie Nelson had five during the 1972-73 campaign ... Curtis Allen converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26 ... Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970 ... 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 ... Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference award since Deon Luton on Feb. 8, 1999 ... Ten of the 16 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 who was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib ... UW'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.
Home Sweet Home
For the first time in two years, the Huskies is playing 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies won 756 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 season opener last year at different venues before playing the remaining games in The Pavilion.
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.
Freshmen Jeffrey Day and Will Conroy have already made their mark on the Washington record book. Both are climbing the charts among all-time Husky freshmen. Day has 30 blocked shots, the second-highest single-season total ever for a UW freshman. He needs three blocks to eclipse the school's frosh record of 32 established in 1996 by Todd MacCulloch. Conroy distributed 40 assists to rank 11th among all-time Husky rookie playmakers. Conroy needs two assists to move into the No. 10 spot ahead of Chris Welp who had 41 assists in 1984.
Freshman Charles Frederick, who began practicing with the basketball team on Dec. 31, suited up for the first time on Jan. 4 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. He has played five games. Frederick is a scholarship receiver on the Husky football team that 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 a 14.6-yard average, including an 87-yard TD return against Idaho (Sept. 22). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America pick. Frederick was a top-50 national recruit in 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.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack offers 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 and $3 for current UW students. 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
Washington's inside corps was bolstered by the addition of 6-10 walk-on center Ben Devoe who began practicing with the team on Dec. 31. Devoe, who has not participated in a game, gives UW a much-needed big body after the season-ending injuries of Marlon Shelton (left knee) and Mike Jensen (left shoulder). He suited up for the first time Thursday (Jan. 10) against Arizona State, but has not played. He will likely red-shirt this season, preserving four seasons of eligibility. 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 UW for the winter quarter that began January 7.
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.
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.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 172-95 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies have a 68-62 lead over the Ducks in Eugene, including victories in their last two and three of their last four visits to McArthur Court.
> The Huskies won this season's first meeting, a 97-92 decision over then 19th-ranked Oregon on Jan. 24 in Seattle. That UW win snapped an unusual streak during which the visiting team won previous four Duck-Husky matchups.
> The last time Washington registered a sweep of the season series against the Ducks was in 1997-98.
> Fifth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 3-6 coaching record against UW.
> Ninth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 7-10 record against Oregon, the only Pac-10 school he met during his initial head coaching assignment at Illinois State. His inaugural Redbird squad lost 81-79 at Oregon on Dec. 29, 1989.
> Bob Bender was recruited by then-Oregon head coach Dick Harter and took a recruiting visit to Eugene in 1975 while he was a high school senior. Ernie Kent was a UO player at that time. Bender eventually signed with Indiana University.
The Last Meeting
UW 97, #19 Oregon 92 (Jan. 24, 2002, Seattle)
Doug Wrenn scored six of his career-high 32 points in the final 1:22 to lift Washington to its first win over a ranked opponent in six tries, a 97-92 upset of No. 19 Oregon at Bank of America Arena. Washington (8-11, 2-7) stopped a three-game losing skid and halted a streak in its series with the Ducks in which the visiting won the previous four meetings. Oregon (14-5, 6-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped despite the 27 points of Frederick Jones and 23 from Luke Ridnour. Wrenn tallied 18 first-half points and the Huskies shot 54 percent en route to a 52-44 halftime lead. Oregon outscored UW 18-7 inside the opening four minutes of the second half to edge ahead 62-59. UO led 81-80 before Washington took the lead for good an a jumper by Josh Barnard with 2:50 left to play. Following a pair of Wrenn baskets, the Huskies converted 11 of 12 free throws during the final 41 seconds to secure the win. Curtis Allen made all 12 of his free throws, six of the in the final 0:32, and finished with 18 points for UW. Huskies Grant Leep and C.J. Massingale contributed 11 points. Luke Jackson netted 18 points for the Ducks who also got 10 from Brian Helquist.
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 scholarship to offer during the late 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.