UW Men Begin Final 3-Game Men's Hoop Road Trip in the Bay Area

Feb. 19, 2001

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Thurs., Feb. 22 -
UW at California, 7:30 p.m. PST

Haas Pavilion (12,172), Berkeley, Calif.

Sat., Feb. 24 -
UW at (#1) Stanford, 5:00 p.m. PST

Maples Pavilion (7,391), Stanford, Calif.

The Washington Huskies (9-16, 3-10) seek to stop a four-game losing streak as they embark on a three-game road trip, beginning with two games in the Bay Area. The Huskies visit California's Haas Pavilion on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Golden Bears (17-7, 8-4) are in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings. They won this season's first meeting with Washington, a 79-64 decision on Jan. 27 in Seattle. On Saturday, Feb. 24 the Huskies take on top-ranked Stanford (23-1, 11-1). Tip-off is 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal won the last seven games against UW, including a 94-63 victory on Jan. 25 in Seattle. Washington has a 1-25 all-time record against No. 1 opponents. The Huskies have not won since Feb. 3 when they defeated Washington State 78-72 in Seattle. Since that win, they were swept in Arizona and lost to both Oregon schools at home. Following the Bay Area trip, the Huskies play their final road game on Saturday, March 3 at Washington State.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Neither game this week in the Bay Area will be televised in the 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 point guard Curtis Allen leads the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game in the last six games since he became a full-time starter. Allen registered double-figure points in the last five games and seven of the last nine ... UW's other freshman guard, C.J. Massingale, led the team on Saturday with 18 points against Oregon. His 25-point outburst at UCLA (Jan. 4) is the top game output by a Husky this season ... The Huskies have a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points and are 3-0 in overtime contests this season ... During its current four-game losing streak, Washington's opponents are averaging 84.8 points per game and shooting 52.7-percent (129-245) from the field ... The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 29.4-percent from beyond the arc. Last year, UW ranked ninth in the conference when foes shot 36% on treys ... The Huskies shot 50 percent from the field only once in their last 18 games, against Washington State on Feb. 3 ... The Huskies have implemented 11 different starting lineups. Ten of UW's 12 active players started at least once and no Husky has started every game.

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (9-16, 3-10 in Pac-10)

Pos.-No. Name        Hgt. Wgt. Yr.  Hometown         Points  Rebs.
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 13.0 7.4
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.3 5.0
C - 50 David Dixon 6-11 300 Jr. Houston, Texas 4.7 3.3
G - 20 Curtis Allen 6-0 160 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 7.0 1.8
G - 32 Bryan Brown 6-3 205 Sr. Mercer Island, Wash. 6.0 1.8

Fabulous Frosh Duo:
The Washington roster features a pair of freshmen guards from Tacoma, Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). They are the first UW scholarship players from Tacoma in 21 years, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Allen ranks third on the team in scoring during conference action (9.2 ppg) and Massingale is fourth (8.3 ppg). Massingale leads the team in 3-point percentage against Pac-10 foes at 43 percent (12-28). He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 total points in 10 non-conference games and erupted for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against ASU on March 2, 1995. Massingale drew three starts while Allen started seven games. Allen hit two spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and winning the game at 0:06 with the second. Allen tallied double-figure points in seven of the last nine games, including a career-high 18 against WSU (Feb. 3). Since becoming a full-time starter in the last six games, Allen leads the team with 13.7 points per game after a 4.9-point average in the first 19 games.

Pac-10 Pitfalls:
Washington limited non-conference foes to 67.9 points per game on 41.6-percent shooting from the field. Pac-10 opponents have had much greater success, averaging 80.6 points per game on 49.1-percent accuracy. In contrast, the Huskies' 68.0-point and 43.6-percent figures against non-conference foes dropped to 65.6 points and 39.8-percent against Pac-10 opponents.

Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Out- Greg Clark, Will likely be sidelined until the final week of the season. Sprained right ankle vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed four games. Didn't practice, but played in seven straight games before missing the last two games.

o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition games with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.

The California Series:
> Washington won three of the last five meetings with California and has a 67-64 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916.

> California won this season's first meeting, a 79-64 decision on Jan. 27 in Seattle.

> The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on the other's homecourt. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Senque Carey in the first meeting lifted Washington to a 54-52 win on Jan 29 in Berkeley. The Golden Bears won the rematch 75-64 on Feb. 24 at KeyArena in Seattle.

> Cal owns a 40-24 series advantage over the Huskies in Berkeley. UW won the last two meetings at Cal, an 84-67 win in 1999 and a 54-52 decision in 2000.

> Fifth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 5-4 record against the Huskies.

> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 6-9 record against California.

> Eighth-year UW assistant coach Eric Hughes served on the staff at Cal in 1992 and 1993, helping the Golden Bears advance to the Sweet 16 his final season.

The Last Meeting:
California 79, UW 64 (Jan. 27, 2001, Seattle)
- Sean Lampley scored 21 points, including the tying free throw that started California on a decisive 11-point run en route to a 79-64 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Golden Bears (14-5, 5-2) won for the 13th time in 15 games. Washington (8-12, 2-6) rallied from a quick 11-point deficit to tie the game, before falling behind again by as many as 13 points. Cal extended a 40-35 halftime margin to 50-43 before UW ran off eight straight points to take a 51-50 lead on a Michael Johnson layup with 14:07 to play. The Bears then held UW scoreless for nearly eight minutes, running off 11 unanswered points in that span to take control. By the time UW scored again, on David Dixon's free throw with 6:18 remaining, California led 61-52. Lampley also contributed 11 rebounds for Cal which had a 37-28 advantage on the boards. Johnson finished with 14 points to lead the Huskies who also got 12 from David Dixon and 11 from Bryan Brown. Dennis Gates added 10 points for Cal which scored 49 percent from the field (25-51) while limiting the Huskies to 39-percent shooting (22-56).

Shuffling Starters:
Washington has implemented 11 different starting lineups this season with 10 of the team's 12 active players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized 10 different rotations in the last 20 outings due to a rash of injuries. No UW player has started every game this season.

Close Calls:
The Huskies have been winning their close games this season, posting a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points. Three of Washington's last four wins were overtime decisions. The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0. UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season: Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18).

Shoot to Win:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has an 8-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-15 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting nearly 10 percent better from the field in their victories (48.1 - 38.2) and nearly 11 percent better from 3-point range (36.2 - 25.3). UW shot 50 percent from the field only once in the last 18 games, a 52-percent effort (31-60) against WSU on Feb. 3. The previous 50-percent effort was at Florida International on Dec. 16.

Last UW Game:
Oregon 85, UW 73 (Feb. 17, 2001, Seattle)
- Freshman Luke Jackson registered a triple-double and Frederick Jones led five double-figure scorers with 22 points as Oregon defeated Washington 85-73 at Bank of America Arena. Jackson had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to post the first triple-double by a Duck since Ron Lee in 1972. The Huskies (9-16, 3-10) lost their fourth straight game. Oregon (13-10, 4-9) extended a 36-33 halftime lead with a 23-10 run midway through the second half that featured five 3-pointers. The largest UO lead was 19 points, at 72-52 with 8:17 left in the game. Washington made a late run, closing to within 79-73 on two C.J. Massingale free throws with 1:53 remaining. Oregon converted all six of its free throws inside the final minute to seal the victory. Bryan Bracey scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for the Ducks who outrebounded UW 43-33. Luke Ridnour added 14 points and Julius Hicks had 12 for Oregon. Massingale finished with 18 points to lead the Huskies who also got 17 from Will Perkins and 14 from Curtis Allen.

The Season in Review:
In their last outing, the Huskies lost their fourth consecutive game, 85-73 to Oregon (Feb. 17) ... UW lost to Oregon State (Feb. 15) for the fourth straight time 83-69 in Seattle ... The Huskies sustained their largest loss of the season, an 89-57 setback at Arizona State (Feb. 10) ... Washington lost 82-62 to No. 11 Arizona (Feb. 8) for its 16th loss in the last 17 visits to McKale Center ... The Huskies stopped a three-game losing streak with a 78-72 win over Washington State (Feb. 3) that was the eighth win in their last nine meetings with the Cougars ... UW was swept at home by the Bay Area schools, losing 79-64 against California (Jan. 27) and 94-63 against No. 1 (Jan. 25) Stanford which tied a school record with its 18th consecutive victory ... Washington lost 63-56 at Oregon State (Jan. 20) to first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former Husky assistant coach ... The Huskies won 72-71 at Oregon (Jan. 18) on a spinning layup by Curtis Allen with 0:06 left in overtime. They won 67-58 last year, marking UW's first back-to-back wins at McArthur Court since 1981 & 1982 ... Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) ... UW snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) ... The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles, capped by an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6). They opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale ... Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record and suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since Dec. 1992. The Huskies lost 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30) following a 56-55 setback against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) ... UW clinched third-place in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 77-76 win over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson ... The Huskies lost 69-60 to No. 17 Alabama in the semifinals (Dec. 21) ... Coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington with a 67-47 first-round victory over host American (Dec. 20) ... UW began a four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket ... Former Husky Lorenzo Romar, the coach at Saint Louis, dealt his alma mater a 69-61 loss in Seattle (Dec. 5) ... Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) ... UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games ... The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Nov. 25, defeating New Mexico State 81-77 ... UW played the season opener at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21) ... The Huskies won both of their exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime win at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).

Century Mark:
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 104 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered eight double-doubles to rank second among Pac-10 players behind Arizona State's Awvee Storey. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins's current six-game stretch without a double-double is his longest drought of the season. He had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10), Arizona State (13/10), Arizona (21/13) and Stanford (12/11). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounds (7.4 rpg), ranking 15th and fifth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 49 percent from the field (128-260).

Dixon's Line:
Junior center David Dixon excelled as a starter in the last seven games, putting up some fine stat lines in recent boxscores. He tallied double-figure points in three of the last six games. A Feb. 3 outing was his best as Dixon amassed a career-high 16 points against Washington State on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field. He blocked a career-high five shots, grabbed six rebounds, distributed two assists and had one steal in the victory over the Cougars. The 6-foot-11 Houston, Texas native is shooting 56 percent from the field (34-61) against Pac-10 opponents. Dixon is averaging 8.7 points per game in his last seven games as a starter, compared with a 3.2-point average in the first 18 games.

Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials 'CW' to honor Williams who moved on Feb. 15 from a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center into his brother David's house in Fresno, Calif.

Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. 'I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program,' Green explains. 'I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause.' Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven. Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounds (5.0 rpg) and has a team-high three 20-point outings this season.

Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec 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 possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 750 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.

Bender Bio:
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 an eight-year record of 104-120 with the Huskies. The UW 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 104 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 12-year career record of 164-177. 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.

Coaching Staff:
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.

Huskies vs. No. 1 Opponents:
Saturday's game marks the 26th time the Huskies have played against a top-ranked opponent. Washington has a 1-25 all-time record against top-ranked opponents and has lost its last five meetings with No. 1 foes. The Huskies lone triumph over a top-ranked team was a 69-68 upset of No. 1 UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979 in Seattle. UW is winless in nine encounters against No. 1 teams on the road.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes:
The Huskies have a 60-175 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in five meetings this season, at home against No. 1 Stanford (94-63), and No. 21 Arizona (89-64), on the road against No. 20 USC (87-61) and No. 11 Arizona (82-62) and at a neutral court against 17th-ranked Alabama (69-60). Washington lost its last nine encounters with ranked foes, last winning 63-62 over No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 in Seattle. Washington has a 24-101 all-time record against top-10 foes, including a 23-42 mark at home. The last Husky victory over a top-10 opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 in Seattle. Four teams on the UW schedule are listed in the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including top-ranked Stanford, Arizona (#8), Alabama (#14) and UCLA (#15).

The Stanford Series:
> Stanford holds a 58-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal swept the last three season series over Washington and won this year's first meeting 94-63 on Jan. 25 in Seattle.

> Stanford won the last seven meetings and 13 of the last 15 against the Huskies.

> The Cardinal's current seven-game winning streak is its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford won five straight against UW from 1990-92.

> Stanford has a 40-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last seven visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.

> Stanford's Maples Pavilion and UCLA's Pauley Pavilion are the only two Pac-10 arenas at which eighth-year Washington coach Bob Bender has not won.

> 15th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 22-8 mark against Washington.

> Eighth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 2-13 record against Stanford.

The Last Meeting:
(#1) Stanford 94, UW 63 (Jan. 25, 2001, Seattle)
- Four different players hit 3-pointers during a 17-point run as top-ranked Stanford took control early en route to a 94-63 victory over Washington at Bank of America Arena. Stanford (18-0, 6-0) remained the only undefeated team in the nation, tying school records for winning streak and best start to a season. The win was Stanford's seventh straight over Washington. The Huskies (8-11, 2-5) made five of their first six shots and led 12-11 with 15:39 in the first half. They shot 5-of-23 the rest of the half. Jarron Collins' three-point play ignited a 17-0 run that included 3-pointers from brother Jason Collins, Ryan Mendez, Casey Jacobsen and Michael McDonald. Stanford held UW scoreless for over four minutes while taking a 28-12 lead at 11:39 of the first half. Mendez and McDonald each scored 12 of their 14 points in the first half. UW's Bryan Brown drained a trey at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 53-27 at halftime. McDonald hit 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range and the Cardinal shot 11-for-26 as a team. Jacobsen finished with 16 points and Jarron Collins had 10. Washington's Will Perkins registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Thalo Green chipped in 12 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Curtis Allen. Most statistics were even, except for shooting which heavily favored the Cardinal. Stanford shot 57 percent (37-65) from the field compared to 39 percent (23-59) for the Huskies.

Husky Tickets:
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including special ticket packages. New this season is the Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack 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 $18 and $16 while general admission seats are $6. University of Washington 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.

Wait 'til Next Year:
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state Player of the Year Doug Wrenn is red-shirting this season after transferring from Connecticut prior to the 2000-01 campaign. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, will be a red-shirt sophomore in 2001-02. True freshman DeMarcus Williams has battled foot (plantar fascia) and back injuries and will apply to the NCAA for a red-shirt season. The 6-9 Upland (Calif.) High School product played a combined five minutes in the Huskies' two exhibition games.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 8-15) from a five-man group that has been ranked among the best recruiting classes in the nation by several analysts. The signing class includes junior college standout Josh Barnard and four prominent high school recruits. Heading the list of prep players is Kentwood's Mike Jensen who was rated by Pac-West Hoops as the top power forward in the West. A trio of players from high schools in Seattle signed with the Huskies. Those three are Jeffrey Day, from state Class AAA champion Seattle Prep, Chief Sealth's Erroll Knight, one of the nation's finest scoring guards, and Anthony Washington, a rising power forward prospect from Garfield. 'We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way,' said Coach Bob Bender. 'We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special.' The Huskies do not have any remaining scholarships to offer during the spring letter of intent period that runs from April 11 through May 15.

Josh Barnard
6-6, 210, guard, Tacoma, Wash. (Bethel HS / Tacoma CC)

Averaged 15.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists last year at Tacoma Community College ... Converted a school-record 49-percent of his shots from 3-point range ... Helped TCC to a 30-4 record and fourth-place Northwest Community College tournament finish.

Jeffrey Day
6-9, 215, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep HS)

Averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior last season for state champion Seattle Prep ... Rated as the West's No. 17 ranked power forward in the Pac-West Hoops listings.

Mike Jensen
6-8, 210, forward, Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS)

The top-ranked power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Averaged 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds last year to lead Kentwood High School to a 21-9 record and seventh-place finish at the state 4A tournament ... Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every scouting service, including a No. 66 ranking by The Sporting News.

Erroll Knight
6-6, 200, guard, Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth HS)

The No. 2-ranked shooting guard in the West by Pac-West Hoops, rated No. 59 nationally among all positions by that service ... Averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last year at Chief Sealth High School ... Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every scouting service, including a No. 71 ranking by The Sporting News.

Anthony Washington
6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)

The ninth-rated power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News ... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions ... Averaged five rebounds per game as a reserve on a senior-laden Garfield High School squad last season.


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