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April 20, 2008 9:32 AM

UW class 29th in latest CSTV rankings

Posted by Bob Condotta

With the spring signing period having begun, has revised its recruiting rankings, and has UW's four-man class 29th in the country.

Here's the link, and as you can see, there are five other Pac-10 schools on the list --- UCLA at No. 2, Arizona (5), Oregon (14), USC (18) and Washington State (30).

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Posted by 206er

11:46 AM, Apr 20, 2008

dang, i thought our class was ranked higher than than.. oh well thomas and suggs are the next nate rob/b roy so rankings don't matter

Posted by mattf

12:29 PM, Apr 20, 2008

our class is ranked in the top 20 by ESPN, Scout, and Rivals so I wouldn't worry to much, we are bringing in some good talent. Most of our recruits are top 100 players so we'll be fine.

Posted by 206er

2:49 PM, Apr 20, 2008

agreed, mattf. i really want siva. that would make me super excited about the future. also, perhaps looking at clarence trent or the guard (dotson i think) from rainier beach for 09 would be good. i like the huskies snagging all the local kids they can get. haven't heard much stuff about the 09 class, but i'd like the dawgs to pick up a versatile forward if they can. trent sounds like he might fit that bill, and he's from the area

Posted by MT Husky

4:34 PM, Apr 20, 2008

As we all know, rankings of these sort mean so little. First, really knowing how these player’s games will develop is an educated guess at very best. Second, the rankings don’t properly take into account the intangibles like how will the player’s affect team morale, what kind of work ethic do they have and what kind of ‘holes’ on the team are they filling.

Yeah, I’ve reverted back to my naively optimistic form which usually stays steady until Huskies first loss. But nonetheless, when you look at Huskies issues the past few years t think these 4 recruits will really elevate the success of this Husky team.

Everything you read about Suggs makes it sounds like his ‘game’, character and work ethic are EXACTLY what this team needs – not to mention, a 6’6” guard who can handle the ball, play defense, rebound and take it to the basket will be the ultimate complement to Brockman, QPon and Overton’s game.

And having someone ‘electric’ like Thomas will bring a level of energy and excitement that I feel has been asking.

Breshers brings some appropriate depth and shot blocking down low…and I kind of view Turner has a real wildcard. There really appears to be so little info out there regarding him…but when you do come across something it sure makes it appear he has the potential to be another great weapon at guard.

My optimism is riding high when I think about next year’s b-ball team.

Posted by Carlton

5:02 PM, Apr 20, 2008

Big difference between getting a good class, and developing a good class. See UW class of 2006, to date 1 CBI loss to Valpo at home.

Posted by Josh

5:24 AM, Apr 21, 2008

Things these rankings do not consider:

1. Academic eligibility (upon entering and remaining)
2. Early entry (one and done)
3. Transfers (see UW but more recently Duke lost one)
4. Team needs
5. Team chemistry (character, work ethic; might also be considered in conjuction with No. 2, above)

Posted by tonedef

7:08 AM, Apr 21, 2008

This is a big year for UW (duh). IF Romar can convince siva to hold off on louisville for a bit and if UW can have a good season- maybe they can get him. But the shine is off the apple- if they don't bounce back- their recruiting will take a big hit in the next few years. their last two classes (2007 and 2008) were built off of the 3 NCAA trips- those years seem far away now.

Without success this year- they all back into the ranks of second tier schools.

Posted by Randy

6:33 AM, Apr 22, 2008

Actually has the Huskies ranked at 15 with a good breakdown chart as to how the ranking is obtained..

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