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Ahead of the curve? Washington Huskies hoops preview

Now What?

The Tony Wroten era at UW came in with great expectations, but unfortunately for Huskies fans, it fizzled on the way out.

While the lack of a lengthy March Madness run, the Dawgs didn’t even warrant an invite, despite winning the Pac 12 regular season, should not lie solely on Wroten’s shoulders.

There are many Huskies supporters that for better or worse, felt the game result was based heavily on the freshman’s performance.

With the one and done guard now suiting up for the Memphis Grizzlies and wingman Terrence Ross looking to make an impact for the Toronto Raptors as the 8th overall pick in last June’s draft, the 2012-13 Washington Huskies lineup is void of scoring and spotlight players.

Who will step up?

While the 2013-14 freshman class has a number of promising rookies, coach Lorenzo Romar has to deal with the hand that has been dealt to him this year.

Offensively, the Huskies will struggle this season, as they lost their top two scorers from last year. For the team to find success, Romar will have to demand 40 minutes of intense man to man and team defense.

After playing the role of third wheel to Ross and Wroten, junior guard C.J. Wilcoxwill be given every opportunity to light up the scoreboard as the Huskies most polished offensive threat.

CJ Wilcox will have to be Mr. Smooth to take over the leading role and get this team back to the Tourney (photo 206 Hoops)

Can Gaddy be a floor general?

From there, the role of Robin is up for grabs between point guards Abdul Gaddy and Scott Scuggs, both of whom have a lot to prove in their final season.

Gaddy has yet to match the expectations set out for him when he first walked into Alaskan Airlines Arena three years ago.

While he has put up solid numbers (8.1ppg, 5.2apg in 2011/12) he has yet to turn the corner into star status.

Scuggs on the other hand is looking to finish out his career on a positive note after redshirting due to injury last year.

Wilcox, who played a back seat role to Ross and Wroten last year, will finally see the spotlight shine on him as the offensive leader.

What about the frontcourt?

As with last season, Romar and the rest of the Huskies coaching staff are hoping that someone in their frontcourt will be able to step up and take some of the scoring pressure off of the guards.

Aziz N’Diaye has proven to be a presence in the paint on the defensive end, standing at 7’0″, 260lbs, but offensively he has been limited in his contributions. 

Shawn Kemp Jr., Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Martin Breuing combined to average less than 6 points and 4 rebounds per game, which leaves lots of room and desire for improvement from the underachieving group.

Hopes are high for sophomore Desmond Simmons to take the next step and provide the Huskies with a secondary scoring source.

Last year the Huskies looked to make some noise in March Madness with one of their most talented rosters in recent years. 

This season if they plan to join the the field of 68, it will be based purely on heart.

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