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The five players I wish still played hoops for my UW Huskies

Can We Turn Back Time?

After watching the Washington Huskies heart-wrenching three point loss to Cal on Thursday night, I was compelled to make a list of five players that I wish still played for University of Washington.

With these five guys on the court with the likes of Tony Wroten, C.J. Wilcox, and Terrence Ross, the Huskies would be unstoppable!

Nate Robinson

Of course I’m going to start with one of my favorite Huskies of all time, Nate Robinson. This two sport star took the NCAA basketball world by storm with his higher than Jordon hops, and his lethal jump shot.

From Seattle, Nate Robinson did the natural thing and played football for his hometown Huskies. But with the unstoppable attitude that he has, he wanted to cross-over onto the hard court as well.

Maybe beating the Cougars once a year just wasn’t enough for Nate, he needed three chances at them!

Brandon Roy

A Garfield High School alum, Brandon Roy was a standout for the Huskies. Roy averaged 20.2 points a game during his senior year. That’s right, I said senior year, something most future super-stars don’t stick around to see.

Brandon Roy led the Huskies to the NCAA Sweet 16, and was named the Pac-10 player of the year, also in his senior season. This past year unfortunately his pro career was cut short by injuries.

Roy retired after only five seasons in the NBA.

Spencer Hawes

Another product of Seattle, Spencer Hawesonly played two seasons with the Huskies. He did lead the team in scoring during his stint at Washington, and added the all-time scoring record for Huskies freshman with 461 points to his resume.


When Romar Had Hawes, Thomas, Roy, & Nate, he used to dance! You would too!

Spencer Hawes left after his sophomore season to pursue a career in the NBA, getting drafted in the 10th selection by the Sacramento Kings. Hawes is currently a starter for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Isaiah Thomas

Yes, that Isaiah Thomas. Born in Tacoma, though he attended high school in Connecticut, Isaiah Thomas played three seasons at U-DUB.

The highlight of his career was a 42 point outing against Morgan State in December 2010.

Thomas broke the single season freshman scoring record that was previously held by Spencer Hawes, and like Hawes, Thomas was also drafted by the Sacramento Kings, selected 60th overall in 2011.

Detlef Schrempf

Like current Husky Martin Breunig, Detlef Schrempf was born in Leverkusen, Germany, though he went to high school in Centralia. Schrempf played all four seasons with the Dawgs from 1981-1985.

I pick Det because of my fondness of him while he was a member of the Seattle Supersonics.

He still is very active in the area, leading his foundation, the Detlef Schrempf foundation, which benefits local charities.


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  • Reynoe

    Spencer Hawes was one and done.  He didn’t have a sophmore year unless you are talking about high school.

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