Signs of rebuild are showing
The University of Washington men’s basketball team could be called a lot of things this year, but one thing they are not, is consistent.
Sitting at 12-8, the Dawgs were looking to be on a decent pace for a top half of the conference finish, until it all fell apart against the Utes.
It only gets harder from here, and their 4-3 conference record as it stands right now is looking more like where this team should be.
So, with that in mind, I want to take a look at some overachieving players, and even an underachieving player to boot.
There were two players who needed to step it up this year after the departures of Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross.
One of those was CJ Wilcox.
So far, Wilcox has held up his side of the bargain, leading the Huskies in scoring in 14 of their 20 games so far this season, including a team high 28 in the loss to powerhouse Ohio State.
A swing man by nature, Wilcox has the best pure shot on this young team.
He has single handily kept this team as good, if you could call them that, as they have been this year.
Averaging 19 points a game, he is on his way to following fellow alum players Wroten and Ross among others into the NBA.
As the teams leading scorer, Wilcox has been a overachiever for the Dawgs (Photo: Seattle Times)
Abdul Gaddy is the other player asked to step up his game for the Huskies this season.
As a PG, Gaddy doesn’t quite have what it takes to lead this team to a deep conference tournament run, but he is helping get the next big thing, Andrew Andrews, ready to be the floor general next season.
Gaddy is averaging 11.4 PPG, good enough for third on the team, but his season high of 17 just isn’t enough for a true PG.
The big man has been a trooper all season long, especially with the early injury to Shawn Kemp Jr. this year.
N’Diaye was really the only big man for a lot of the non-conference schedule, but with Kemp Jr. back in action now, N’Diaye is still pulling down boards like the baddie that he is.
With a rebound average of 9.1, he’s cleaning the glass better than anybody on the team. The help of Desmond Simmons, who has 155 on the year is helping out a lot too.
I’m calling Andrews the underachiever, not that he is, but as a red shirt freshman, he should be further along than he is.
He will be leading this team next season, and has led the team in scoring against Utah (17), and Oregon (15), both losses, but needs to get his PPG average up for next season.
Lorenzo Romar may be on the hot seat if he can’t turn in a top flight recruiting class this offseason.
The fans in Seattle are used to making a splash in the Pac-12 Tournament, and this year they surely won’t be doing that.
Here’s to next year Dawgs fans.
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