The Washington Huskies basketball program who lost four players from last years team will be without another key member to start their season. The Huskies found out recently that captain Scott Suggs will be missing 8-12 weeks due to a broken foot.
The Huskies will now have just Darnell Gant who is a senior on their active roster for the first two months.
The Huskies are losing Suggs who last year made 10 starts, averaged 7.4 points per game, shot 48.5% from the field and an outstanding 45.0% from three point range. He also made 1.6 three pointers a game which the Huskies will be missing.
Suggs averaged just 1.1 turnovers in over 18 minutes per game as well showing he is a smart player.
What hurts the Huskies basketball team the most is the leadership factor as they will only have one senior and two juniors on their roster. The Huskies are a program who has talent but is young. Guys like Suggs won’t make or break your program but winning teams have guys just like him.
The Huskies program will have some shooters to fill the void. The Huskies bring back three guys who made a full three pointer a game or more back.
The Huskies will be led by C.J. Wilcox who averaged 8.1 PPG while shooting 40.1% from three point range making 1.9 per game. Abdul Gaddy returns who averaged 8.5 points per game while shooting 40.6% from three point range making a full three pointer a game.
They also have Terrence Ross who averaged 8.0 PPG while shooting 35.2% from three point range making 1.3 three pointers a game.
What also isn’t factored in is that Lorenzo Romar teams typically have one or two guys a year who weren’t three point shooters the year prior to step up their three point shooting. Like last year with Abdul Gaddy, Isaiah Thomas and Justin Holiday. The Huskies three point shooting this year even without Suggs should be fine.
In conclusion, I mainly feel bad for Suggs who is a hard worker. Suggs came in as a heralded four-star recruit as he was Mr.Missouri state player of the year.
As a freshman he hardly played averaging less than five minutes a game playing in only 18 games. Instead of transfering like others have in the past he stuck with it. In his sophomore year he was a deadly shooter making 37.4% of his three pointers for 1.1 threes a game. As a favor to Suggs Romar scheduled a game at St.Louis so he could play in front of friends and family which he’ll obviously not be able to play in.
The Huskies will miss Suggs but this shouldn’t cost them too much although the Huskies were only 2-2 last year without Suggs and 0-2 in conference play.
I just hate seeing a senior who is as loyal as Suggs get burned.
The only real positive I see to this is that some young kids will have their chance to shine in his absence. I guess that’s not a bad thing.