From the Dawg Pack To the End of the Bench
Feb. 3, 2010
Brendan Sherrer has been called lots of things in his life, but now he can add the Human Victory Cigar to his list of nicknames. Washington is 7-0 in games that the walk-on forward from Monroe, Wash., plays in and typically enters the ballgame once the final result has been decided. Lately, he has been one of the most productive players for the Huskies over the last week of play!! In two games, Sherrer is averaging two points per minute, which ties him with Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate Quincy Pondexter in that category. Sherrer spoke with GoHuskies.com before a recent practice about the whirlwind season that took him from the Dawg Pack to the box score.
GoHuskies.com: Just talk about if you were sure they were going to have open tryouts. Did you immediately feel like you needed to come out and give it a shot?
Brendan Sherrer: 'First of all I didn't know what was going on. The article in the paper didn't really say there were tryouts. So I went and researched a little bit and after I learned a little bit more I was like `I'll definitely come down here.''
GH: What were the tryouts like?
BS: 'It started out with a lot more guys but they didn't have their information in - physicals and stuff. It became a smaller group and there were about 10 or 15 guys. It was a lot shorter than I thought; I didn't really know what to expect. We did some shooting, some up and down stuff.'
GH: How did it feel when coach Romar said you were going to be on the team?
BS: 'That was crazy, I was kind of shocked and at the same time really excited. It all happened so fast- from him telling me and ten minutes later I had a uniform on, and was going upstairs to take team pictures.'
GH: What was it like the first time you went into a game?
BS: 'The Dawg Pack definitely intensified all the feelings. It was pretty crazy.'
GH: Does it make you tight when the Dawg Pack goes crazy every time you make a play?
BS: 'It's a little nerve racking because they're all watching you but when I made the shot, it's a feeling I've never had before. There was just going crazy when I made a basket.'
GH: Did you know when it left your hand it was going in?
BS: 'After about a second of seeing it in the air I pretty much felt like it was going in.'
GH: What do you view your role as?
BS: 'Just a practice player that maybe in the future will see more time but I'm just trying to make the other guys better any way I can.'
GH: Is most of that just getting physical with the big guys?
BS: 'Yeah, getting physical, jumping in drills when coach needs me to, and trying to watch the way other players play so when I come in I've got it down.'
GH: What were you doing before you played on the basketball team?
BS: 'I'm doing a biology major. I'm going for pre-dental. I'm taking it light this quarter because of basketball and everything.'
GH: How long did it take for you to feel comfortable with these guys?
BS: 'It has been pretty easy actually. All the older guys are really welcoming. It hasn't taken long at all.'
GH: This is a really up and down team that thrives in transition. Is that more your style or are you more of a half-court guy?
BS: 'I like to run so I like going up and down with these guys.'
GH: So after the first career bucket what's next for you?
BS: 'First career dunk or something, I don't know.'
GH: Are you thinking highlight reel dunk, or just something simple?
BS: 'Probably just two-handed, or even just one-handed. I'm just trying to get it in there.'