The Washington Huskies are set to play their first game of the season tonight as they take on Seattle Pacific in an exhibition game that can be seen on root sports at 7 p.m.
The Huskies will be asked to replace three departing guards in Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton and captain Justin Holiday. The Huskies even with those losses still appear to be deep in the backcourt.
In the past Lorenzo Romar who was a former guard himself for the Huskies in the early 1980’s/late 1970’s has always had good guard play.
The following guards of his have been under his watch as Huskies head coach.
Nate Robinson was first-team all pac-10 two years in a row, Will Conroy made all pac-10 two years in a row, Tre Simmons was first-team all pac-10, Brandon Roy made all pac-10 team three years in a row and was named conference MVP as a senior, Justin Dentmon was first-team all pac-10 and recently you had Isaiah Thomas who was all pac-10 team all three years, won freshman of the year and was first-team all pac-10 the last two seasons.
This year’s squad features plenty of talent in the backcourt.
You have first-team all Pac-10 freshman team member C.J. Wilcox who is a deadly three point shooter. Last year he made on average 1.9 three pointers a game in only 15 minutes of play.
This year he’ll play about 30 minutes which would put him on pace for 3.8 three pointers a game. The next guard is Terrence Ross who was named first-team all pac-10 tournament team last year. Ross was the #3 shooting guard in the country coming into the season.
In the Pac-10 tournament Ross averaged 15.3 points per game while in the NCAA tournament loss to North Carolina scored 19 points on 7-10 shooting including making three three pointers.
The Huskies will also have senior swingman Scott Suggs who will miss the early part of the season. Last year Suggs led the Pac-10 in three point shooting percentage making 45.0% of his threes while draining 1.6 three pointers a game.
The point guard play which is always critical in a Romar offense will be pretty talented this year. Abdul Gaddy once the #2 point guard in the nation coming out of high school is now a junior. Last year Gaddy made great strides before being injured.
In 23.2 minutes per game Gaddy averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 assists to just 1.2 turnovers and shot 40.6% from three point range making a full three a game.
Then you have freshman sensation Tony Wroten.
Wroten, is a five star recruit who has played on several all-star teams this past season including for his country team USA.
Wroten was picked as the 12th best point guard in all of college basketball by former Duke superstar Jay Williams.
This team appears to be like your typical Romar team which will feature plenty of guard play.
The Washington Huskies basketball future at the guard position looks bright as four of those five guys I named should be coming back for next season while three of them are underclassman.