Husky Hoops Piecing The Puzzle Together

Nov. 9, 2009

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SEATTLE - The Washington Husky men's basketball team was back at it on Monday after taking Sunday off. They are four days away from lacing it up for real, and the emphasis continues to be on improving.

Practice is similar to a puzzle -- each drill a small part of the whole, big picture. If each drill is a puzzle piece, it may seem pointless by itself, but once you put all the drills together, that big picture becomes much clearer.

The team spent much of the early session working on help defense and fighting through the screens, while on offense they worked on setting and utilizing teammates' screens and moving the ball.

The team started with defensive sliding and closing drills, going up-and-down the court without guarding anyone. The next step was to add a ball handler, followed by 2-on-2. In the 2-on-2 drill, the defense worked on help defense and closing out on the ball, while the offensive players worked on getting to the lane in three dribbles and dishing out or shooting.

Next they moved to four-on-four, with the coaches passing the ball around the perimeter and critiquing the defenses adjustment to the where the ball was and getting through the screens.

This all cummulated with five-on-five halfcourt play, with the offense and defense each practicing what the coaches were hammering into the players minds in the individual drills.

It's still a learning process for the Huskies as the coaches work on putting the machine together from scratch. On Friday against Wright State, we'll all get to see if the machine is well-oiled or whether or not it still needs some tinkering.

• Tickets purchased will get fans into each game on the day. The tipoff of the first game will be 4:30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, followed by Washington and their opponent at 7:00 pm.

• Athletes in Action is partnering with Here's Life Inner City to launch the Socks for Seattle campaign. Fans are encouraged to bring packages of new, thick-soled socks (children & adult sizes) to any of the tournament's six games throughout the weekend. Collection bins will be placed inside the entrances of Hec Edmundson Pavilion where fans can drop off their donations.

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