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March 25, 2008 9:39 PM

Suggs honored, more

Posted by Bob Condotta

I'll lead off a few links with the news that Husky recruit Scott Suggs was named today to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's All-Metro Team.

Here's the link, reporting that Suggs averaged 22.5 points, nine rebounds, 2.8 blocked shots, shot 33 percent on three-pointers and maybe most importantly, 85.4 percent on free throws this season. Suggs is already academically eligible and is expected to make an immediate impact, maybe even start, for the Huskies next season.

--- The Pac-10 is down to three active teams with Arizona State getting bounced out of the NIT tonight by Florida. Not sure if it means much, but ASU becomes the third Pac-10 team to lose a post-season game this year as a higher seed, joining Washington in the CBI and USC in the NCAA Tournament. No Pac-10 team has yet to win a post-season game as a lower seed, though obviously UW, ASU and UCLA were all No. 1s in their tournaments and Stanford and WSU have yet to play as a lower seed (meaning Oregon, Arizona and Cal all lost as lower seeds).

--- This happened a few days ago, but here's a story on former Husky Bobby Jones failing to get another 10-day contract with Miami despite, as the headline says, a "job well done.'' Jones has had a crazy year, playing for four NBA teams and in the NBA D-League, and you're forgiven if you can't keep it all straight, so here's his season summary from NBA.com.

--- For anybody still keeping track of the CBI, here's the schedule of the semifinal games, which will be played Wednesday night.

All for now.

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Posted by Ziasudra

7:33 AM, Mar 26, 2008

I caught part of the ASU game last night, channel surfing during a commercial - the commentators were giving a review of ASU's "zone" defense, which looked exactly like UW's - leave the 3 point shooter forty feet of space in the corner when the PG fakes to the other side. The baseline-corner defender was touching the free-throw lane, so the shooter had time to line up his aim with one thumb, then fire away.
Pathetic defense.

Posted by MT Husky

9:11 AM, Mar 26, 2008

I think in basketball, more than any other sport, the degree difference between great teams and mediocre teams is very small.
I think there is ample evidence that gaining/losing one or two players can alter whether a team is a Sweet 16 team or a loser in the CBI (or worse…whatever that may be).

Change isn’t obviously always for the best, so just because there are five new players next year doesn’t necessarily mean Huskies will be better. But at the same time, when you analyze what it was Huskies were missing that prevented them from being a ‘sweet 16’ caliber team I do think that the missing pieces very well may be in place next season.

That long dialogue was my attempt at saying I am VERY excited about Suggs and though we may not see it in his points, rebounds or any other stats – what he brings very well could be that missing ingredient that improves Huskies ‘just enough’ that we (we = loyal Husky fans) are smilin’ again.

On a separate note. I personally am very much rooting for the Cougars and Stanford…have to confess I just can’t quite bring myself to root for UCLA though. And Cougfan, it was nice to see you return to the board.

Posted by wooderson92

1:08 PM, Mar 26, 2008

I'm sure I could find this easily somewhere, but does anyone know how much a player gets paid for those 10 day contracts, and also, what is a typical D-League salary? Thanks.

Posted by Splash

10:05 PM, Mar 26, 2008

I think a 10 day contracts are prorated at the NBA minimum, which according to http://www.insidehoops.com/minimum-nba-salary.shtml is $687,456 for Jones, being in his 2nd year. So doing the math (divide by 82) it's about $8400 per game. If you played 6 games in those 10 days like Bobby did for the Heat, it would work out to roughly $50,300.; not too shabby for a week's work.

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