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Austin Seferian-Jenkins UW Hoops: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em

ASJ A Baller?

The news out of Seattle this morning is that freshman tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins wants to try his hand at basketball for the Huskies.

Love’Em

Extra Fan Support

This move will help to incorporate the fans of the football program get more interested and show some support to the basketball team as well.

A good move from a PR standpoint.

Muscle

At 6’6″ 258, Seferian-Jenkins will definitely bring some added muscle to the Huskies coming off the bench.  At Gig Harbor High School, he averaged 8 boards a game during his senior season.

Familiarity

More than a few of the current basketball team have played against ASJ in high school, so they know his style, helping to form a bond quickly to his new team.

Coach Sark

If coach Sark and the Washington Huskies football higher-ups give their approval, which they did, than who am I to argue with this decision by Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Everybody worries about injuries to their players, and coach Sark is no exception, so to give the green light to ASJ to fulfill his dreams of being a two sport star is quite a big deal if you ask me.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

We already know Austin Seferian-Jenkins has got skills, it can't hurt can it?

Hate’Em

There’s Only One Nate!

Nate Robinson is one of my favorite Huskies of all time, so If ASJ thinks he’s going to come in and take over the reigns of the two sport Husky, he’s got another thing coming.

Injury Risk

Like I said before, injuries are a big thing for football coaches. Basketball is not immune to career ending injuries either, so Seferian-Jenkins needs to be careful about this move to the court.

Nobody wants to lose a scholarship football player by way of off season injury.

He went on record saying that he would’nt play to avoid injury, that he would play full force, so coach Sark better be adding a few new prayers to his list during basketball season this year.

Football Obligations

ASJ will still be required to fulfill his football obligations during the basketball season, which may be a distraction to the basketball team.

The schedule is a grueling one, and it will be very trying for Seferian-Jenkins to balance studies, football, and basketball during the season.

Gimmick

Coach Romar may feel the need to play Austin Seferian-Jenkins to appease to the crowds who want to see him on both the football field, and the basketball court. 

PR moves have come back to haunt many a team, and even put the teams in a state of franchise upheaval in the past.

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