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May 30, 2008 10:50 PM

Gaddy rethinks Arizona commitment, names UW a possibility

Posted by Tom Wyrwich

That's the word from Scout.com, which caught up with Abdul Gaddy, the top-rated basketball recruit in the state. Gaddy said the shakeup in Arizona's coaching staff has caused him to rethink his commitment to the Wildcats.

"I'm going to look at my options," he told the Web site. "Arizona is still my front-runner."

Gaddy, a junior at Bellarmine Prep and a first-team all-state player last year, named Washington, Oregon and USC as places he's considering, along with Memphis, Texas, Kansas and Gonzaga.

Gaddy said that he and teammate Avery Bradley, also rated at Rivals.com as one of the top 20 recruits in the country, plan to play at the same program.

For those with Scout.com subscription, you can read the story here.

The Tuscon Citizen has also summed the story up.

UPDATE: Here's the Tacoma News Tribune's story today on Gaddy.

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Posted by Splash

11:35 PM, May 30, 2008

Hard to know whether this means Arizona has a better shot at landing Bradley, or if the other schools like UW have a better shot at both players. Anybody hear which way Bradley is leaning at the moment?

Posted by unfading passion

11:47 PM, May 30, 2008

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE COME TO UW!!!

Posted by SnohoBudah

3:04 AM, May 31, 2008

Abduk and Avery PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come to the UW!!! I watched both at the 4A Tourney and WOW are they GREAT ball players!!!!!

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

7:16 AM, May 31, 2008

UW is going to go dancing this year so they should hop aboard! We get this pair and an athletic center and we're set. Come on guys, go to the shores of Lake Washington!!!

Posted by twobits82

7:49 AM, May 31, 2008

I think our eggs are in the Thomas/Turner Jr./Suggs basket, and while I would love to see them come to UW, that trio is fine with me.

Posted by read it and weep

9:08 AM, May 31, 2008

whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh! EVERYONE HERE THAT? I know what it is, it's MEATBALL's loser credibility (which we already knew was b.s.) gonig out the window! LOL@ Mr. Fake Lawyer who has sit down "inside lunches," i thought there was nothing wrong in wildcat nation? what a loser. your CREDIBILITY now = 0

Posted by UW Alum

10:17 AM, May 31, 2008

Suggs is more of a SF and a nice guard rotation of IT (assuming he can stay eligible) and Gaddy and Bradley would bring back memories of NateRob, Roy and Tresimmons; we would have a legit shot of going back to the sweet 16 and beyond. Hopefully Gaddy and Bradley really consider the UW, great school with a history of producing NBA calibur guards, look at how beloved Roy and NateRob are at Montlake.

Posted by Scott

11:06 AM, May 31, 2008

There is pleanty of room for Gaddy and Bradley. From a previous post, here is what the roster would look like.

Bradley Fr
Gaddy Fr
Overton Jr
Thomas So
Turner So
Suggs So

I think Suggs, Bradley and Gaddy could all defend the 3 spot, making three guard lineups a great option.

QPon Sr
Wolf Sr
MBA Jr
Holiday Jr
Gant So
Breshers So

That's 12 on the roster, leaving room for one more big man, hopefully a mobile option at Center. I imagine they would use a three guard lineup most of the time because they would have the luxury of having some tall guards that can defend the 3 spot. There are some exciting uptempo combinations there.

Gaddy, Bradley, Thomas, MBA, Breshers
Overton, Suggs, Bradley, Qpon, MBA

There would be no rest for the opposing guards. There is nothing wrong with having depth. Something that's been an issue with UW the last few years at the guard position.

Posted by Spike

12:12 PM, May 31, 2008

If we make the tourney this year than I think they will both go to UW. It is important that we go back to our winning ways so we can keep the top recruits. Josh Smith and Tony Wroten are next!

Posted by Brandon

12:25 PM, May 31, 2008

Scott, I read that they were likely to make a decision before the basketball season.

Great post Scott, it really irritates me when people start saying that we don't need these two, but the reality is UW can thrive in a 3 guard system and having Abdul/Avery would make our team very, very balanced. GO UW!

Posted by grant

12:45 PM, May 31, 2008

Depth is never a problem. If it is, it's a good problem to have. Romar should make it clear that UW wants both of them to be a part of the return to up tempo high scoring ball. Not to mention, what if the worst happens and Q-Pon goes to the draft, IT becomes ineligible, and one or two guys get hurt. What then? That is an absolute worst case scenario, but we should never think we don't need to always bring in top talent when it is available, because stuff happens. You could argue that a similar interruption already occurred for Romar when Zack Johnson got hurt and never played a game, Martell Webster went to the draft, Nate declared a year early, and a few guys failed to qualify academically. That little hickup messed up the continuity of the program, which is why we failed to make the tournament even with Hawes and Brockman. Why? Because we had only Gasser and Burmeister to provide senior leadership.

Posted by jed

1:35 PM, May 31, 2008

Nothing more important than good perimeter play both defensively and offensively. That has been the strength of the best UW teams under Romar. Romar's way at its best involves uptempo play with waves of talented interchangeable players to substitute in in waves. Up grading the talent at the guard positions is critical if UW is to rebound from the situation the last two years. The freshman coming in I believe will help but do we need Abdul and Avery ? No question. They have stated they wanted an opportunity for both of them to play early and contribute. They would find that at UW. Also, if you can excel in the Pac-10 you are ready to shine at the next level

Posted by Romarville86

2:51 PM, May 31, 2008

Alum,

You have no idea what your talking about when you speak about Scott Suggs. You dont hand out positions by height, he is a SG not a wing. He handles the ball well and is an excellent passer. He may be on the floor from time to time with 2 other guards but he is definitely not a wing.

Posted by patience

5:12 PM, May 31, 2008

hey meatball,

wow! recruits are quitting on lute just like lute quit on his team.

what goes around, comes around...

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

6:04 PM, May 31, 2008

Wise announced his return. Lute's divorce is final. Now, Chase will be next to return.. Jennings, Wise, Budinger,Horne, Hill will be devastating, and our bench will be anchored by strong incoming players and a few cheeky verterans. All is fine in Wildcat land, I told you all to be patient...it's May for crying out loud! Our success next year will pave our way to continued success in recruiting, with or without Gaddy.

Posted by mattysimone

8:36 PM, May 31, 2008

I like isiah all day against jennngs :)

Posted by good ol' george

7:55 AM, Jun 01, 2008

Imagine a backcourt with Thomas, Gaddy, and Bradley. Now imagine them lobbing the ball inside to Josh Smith in a couple of years.

Posted by meatball is a homosexual

11:30 AM, Jun 01, 2008

thats the thing matty, i do to, i dont care how smart/non smart he is, he has extra year of play and maturity, he will run circles around jennings. yes meatball, quote me on that..... i know you're gonna talk sh## but theres no reason to disagree with me? just cuz hes ranked higher or w/e. those are arbitrary values.... lets see what they do on the court. but i do agree matty, even though i know meatball homo doesnt.

Posted by UW Alum

11:37 AM, Jun 01, 2008

Hey Romarville86, here's an exact bio from scout.com who says Suggs will one day be a wing (I trust their evaluation a lot more than your opinion), you are obviously just another clueless fan who doesn't do his homework before spouting off.

Scout.com Player Evaluation:
STRENGTHS
Perimeter Oriented
Size for Position
Upside/Potential
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Mid-Range Game
Perimeter Shot
Strength


Big win player. Missed much of JR season with injury. Will one day be a big wing with range. Would like to see him become more aggressive and generate offense off the bounce. Excellent student, strong character.

Posted by jed

12:08 PM, Jun 01, 2008

Romarville86,

Not sure it is very important to label Suggs a 2 or 3. In Romar's system players move around and can and will play multiple positions. Suggs is a perimeter player and will probably play out front at times and on the wing at other times. His size and ballhandling skills allow that. All the better for us.

Posted by Romarville86

4:52 PM, Jun 01, 2008

That evaluation of Suggs was done his sophomore year of HS. If you have a subscription to scout you should ask A beach and he will reiterate what I just told you.

Posted by sinking ship

10:48 PM, Jun 01, 2008

Is it me or is Meatballs post getting more and more ridiculous? You could tell Meat that the boat he's on is on fire in the Pacific Ocean and the closest land is 70 miles away and he woud tell you not to worry cause the ocean water will put out the fire as the boat is sinking.

Posted by Wow, a Homo?

7:00 AM, Jun 02, 2008

I thought Seattle was a liberal place where people were accepted. 2 people labeling Meatball as a homo is disgusting. I can't believe you let these posts stay up there, Bob. Maybe Meatball is black and you can call him a "N". Yeah, I think that is the way to go. You 2 that did that have serious problems.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

9:18 AM, Jun 02, 2008

Some of you are quite funny on here and I'm glad to see that you haven't stopped drinking the Kool Aide that makes you all delusional. Isiah over Brandon Jennings? Now that is quite a stretch. Jennings is more developed than Allen Iverson at this stage, and actually makes his teammates better. Only thing that is simlar about Isiah and Jennings is that they both struggled with qualifying for the NCAA.

A backcourt of Wise and Jennings will be the best in the nation, hands down.

The more I look at it, Gaddy appears to be more like Marcus Williams than Jason Terry. Gaddy probably saw the light that Wise will be the starting point guard next year regardless of him coming in, so he is afraid of earning a spot. I'm not a big fan of players with that "me" first attitude.

Posted by dawgwrassler's child

10:05 AM, Jun 02, 2008

Meatball let's be real. Chase is NOT coming back to AZ. Jennings has to retake the SAT/ACT and get a qualifying score to prove Pastner didn't take it for him the last time.

Let's assume Jennings does make it. AZ's starting 5 will be very inexperienced in 2 juniors (Hill, Wise), a soph with hardly any exp. (Horne) and 2 true freshman in Withey, Jennings). The bench will be even less experienced (Fogg, Lavender, Johnson, Jacobson, and Fendi) and thin once AGAIN. The best scenario for you is next year's AZ team again finishes in the middle of the Pac-10 (4th or 5th) and flame out in the 2nd round. Udub, UCLA, SC, and ASU all have deeper returning squads with more experienced talent. It will be no different than what it has been the last 3 years for AZ basketball.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

10:19 AM, Jun 02, 2008

dawgwrassler- I agree that the Wildcats are a 2nd round NCAA team if Chase does not come back. If Chase does come back like I have been contending, we will be back to the Final 4 in no time. How far we go at this point will depend on Chase. We'll know in 2 weeks.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

10:23 AM, Jun 02, 2008

but a simple question for you dawgwrassler.... is the typical flame out in the 1st or 2nd round of the NCAA tourney over the last 3 years better or worse than the not playing any post season at all, or playing and losing at home in the CBI?

Just because Washington has some upperclassmen does not mean that their experience is worth anything. Your guys are experienced losers, wow, that would make me feel real confident pre-season.

If you want to be real, Washington should hope to get to the NIT this year and try to build off of that.

Posted by dawgwrassler's child

10:25 AM, Jun 02, 2008

Meatball its good to see some objectivity from you. I forgot to mention CAL. I see them as a potential upper tier conference team this season if Anderson comes back for them. They have Monty as a coach now and he is a very good one.

Posted by dawgwrassler's child

10:38 AM, Jun 02, 2008

Meatball you assume I'm a Udub fan with your take on Udub. Even as a non-fan though I realize Udub "should" fare better with next year's squad, the talent, depth and now the experience is there for it to happen. If Romar fails to get Udub in the upper half of the conf. next season then Udub may not get back there for a long time.

Oregon, Stanford, and WSU lost too much from last year and should be near the bottom. OSU is just plain awful as well. But despite whether Udub falters or not, AZ will still have to contend with UCLA, CAL, ASU, and SC for the conference. Right now all those teams look better on paper than AZ does.

Posted by Romarville86

4:47 PM, Jun 02, 2008

What a delusional Arizona fan. Lute preaches no defense and that is why Arizona has been so soft the last few years. Budinger is a great talent offensively but he is either great or non-existent. Brandon Jennings will not be much better than Bayless. Arizona will be lucky to make the tourney if Budinger is back on the team and with him they are at best a 2 and done in the tourney. I am in no way saying Udub is a better program but they will be much better than arizona the next few years. Arizona time is over and the soap opera is funny to watch continue. You should read what there hometown paper thinks of their situation.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

4:56 PM, Jun 02, 2008

AZ Star = National Enquirer. Everything is based off of rumors and no facts. What is amusing is that clowns like you Romarville think your Huskys will some how magically have a break out season this year....umm, no chance at all. You guys should have the talent to make the NIT, but Romar will muck it up.

B.Jennings and Jerryd Bayless is a worthless comparison. In Jennings, you have a point guard who makes all those around him better who can also score. In Bayless, you have a scoring guard who was forced to play the point and the team sufferred for it. I love how Bayless blamed his poor shooting and performance the last 8 games of the season on the "inner turmoil" of the team... I wonder what his excuse will be next year when they lose game after game in Seattle.

With Budinger, we are a final 4 team. Hill, Jennings, Budinger, and Horne will all be 1st round draft picks before it's all said and done. Wise is a game changer. Withey will likely be a lottery pick as well, so we are looking at some extreme talent next year. Good grief, I can say that every year with my Wildcats...what can you say for your Huskies? You can hope to get a home game in the FBI tourney again, wow, great aspirations.

Posted by Romarville86

11:54 AM, Jun 03, 2008

Being an NBA prospect has nothing to do with production in college. Jon Brockman wont be higher than the top of the second round but he will be the Pac-10 player of the year and the only player ever to lead the Pac in rebounding for 3 straight years. If you think the Wildcats are a Final Four Team your insane. If you dont realize that with Harden and Pendergraph coming back ASU is a better team than Arizona you dont know much about college bb. And to your arguement about Bayless, I said Jennings will be a little better but not much. You must play D to win and Arizona doesn't. I hope you visit us during bb season so I can laugh at your prediction.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

2:21 PM, Jun 03, 2008

Romarville- You really are a simpleton. 1st off, Brockman is a solid collegiate performing, but he will not be Pac-10 player of the year, and will go undrafted. He will likely play overseas in leagues similar to the Turkish and Polish leagues. Pendegraph is an emotional leader, but seriously, lets not kid ourselves...ASU is still 2nd tier (1 notch higher than your current Husky program). Harden makes some difficult shots, but doesn't play defense. We lost twice to ASU and gave the game away both times...with HOF Lute back on the sidelines, we will not falter in the last few minutes of games like we did last year. We will not lose to ASU. Period. We'll sweep ASU and Washington for sure.

This meatball knows more about college basketball than most on here, and you are correct Romarville, a college player's prospects as an NBA player do not necessarily mean they will have huge success at the collegiate level. However, to contend that Arizona doesn't play defense is laughable. I guess we just got lucky the last 24 years in a row to get to the NCAA tourney, no defense required....what a joke that notion is.

Lute's uptempo open style of game always exceeded at a transitional defense. He still is a mastermind of 2nd half game side matchups and alterations, and with the new coaching staff our players will receive much better day to day technical and mental teachings of the game. Will my Cats alter the way they play and adapt to the extent of UCLA slow ball? No.

I think this coming year it will be quite the contrary: Lute will ensure that his team unleashes their will on their opponents and will not alter our style due to our opponenets. He will get back to the ways of running teams off of the court.

This meatball is quite optimistic as a potential lineup of Jennings, Wise, Budinger, Horne, and Hill (Best returning center in the Pac-10) will run people right out of the gym. Onobon, Whithey, Johnson, Jacobsen, Fogg, and Levander will be adequate enough depth to spell our starters.

I will give you that the last few years my Wildcats have struggled with team defense, but to try and contend that Lute Olson is a greate teacher of defense is laughable. I can guarantee that next year will be different than the recent previous eyars. For those that have scolded the meatball prior and saying "stop living in the past" when I would speak of our lofty accolades, well I simply ask you to garner that same motto when talking about how my Wildcats defense will be next year. The coaching upgrades at Arizona will be felt throughout the nation, and come February everyone will be jumping back on the wagon.

In 2 weeks, I will know if I still project my team to make the Final 4. It will depend on Chase Budinger returning. If he doesn't, we will still be 2nd or 3rd round of the NCAA tourney.

Romarville- Where do you see your Huskies? Are you one of these unrealistic people that catapult them into the NCAA tourney? Or are you realistic, and hope for an NIT invite?

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

2:25 PM, Jun 03, 2008

Correction: It should have read: "To contend that Lute Olson is not a great leader and teacher of defense is laughable"

Posted by Romarville86

2:54 PM, Jun 03, 2008

I see the huskies finishing anywhere between 3rd and 6th in the pac and getting in the tournement. They will have the most depth on their roster than any team in the pac. I'm sick of arguing with a guy that has red and blue blinders on. We will see this winter who was right.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

4:03 PM, Jun 03, 2008

No blinders fella, just basing it off of what it looks like on paper. Here are 2 scenarios.

With Budinger

1) Arizona (Returing the Top SF and Top Center, and adding #1 Rated Highschool Player. Oh yeah, returning a HOF coach as well)
2) UCLA (losing depth, but adding depth)
3) USC (same as UCLA)
4) CAL (Monty will shine with Ryan back in the lineup)
5) ASU (Solid team, still will find themselves on the outside looking in from the bubble seats come next March)
6)WSU (Great coaching and decent recruits will help curb departures)
7) Oregon (youth will be inconsistant, but will win some key games)
8)Washington (offense relies too much on undersized PF. They will need a ton of help from new comers, but Head Coach has shown no signs of being able to effectively utilize his young players, so they will continue to struggle)
9)Stanford (Losing the twins and the coach is too much not to have a huge drop)
10) Oregon State (Consistant Pac-10 doormat)

Without Budinger

1)UCLA
2)USC
3)Arizona (could get 4th)
4)CAL (could get 3rd)
5) ASU
6)WSU
7)Oregon
8)Washington
9)Stanford
10)Oregon State

Oh, and define depth for me as I obviously have a different opinion regarding the Husky team.

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