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June 26, 2008 3:57 PM

Interesting Derrick Rose-Justin Dentmon link

Posted by Bob Condotta

So you just never know what you might find when you start searching around the Interwebs, do you?

Today revealed this story on how Derrick Rose's probable selection tonight as the first pick in the NBA Draft will provide further proof of the strength of Chicago high school basketball.

Buried deep in the story is an anecdote of how Rose's coach at Simeon High School had a policy of not playing freshmen on the varsity, which the author surmises might have cost the team a state title when it lost to Cardondale in the 2004 Class AA finals in part because the team "did not have a bigger guard to defend against Justin Dentmon.'' Yep, the same Justin Dentmon.

Dentmon ended up leading Carbondale to a third-place finish at the state tournament, performances that proved pivotal in the decision of UW coaches to eventually offer him a scholarship. Husky assistant Jim Shaw, then coaching at Oklahoma, was at the tournament as Dentmon emerged as the leading scorer among all players with 78 points in three games, 24 more than anyone else, including current Clippers guard Shaun Livingston. Dentmon, originally headed to Illinois State, instead ended up attending prep school for a year after problems with his SAT, where he reopened his recruitment and ended up signing with the Huskies.

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Posted by fudazz

4:26 PM, Jun 26, 2008

Interesting. I've always liked Dentmon. You can see that he's got all the right stuff. Just never been able to put it all together consistently for the dawgs.....yet.

Posted by pdxdawg

4:39 PM, Jun 26, 2008

Hasn't been able to put it together "yet"?? The guy is going to be a senior and has undoubtedly regressed every year. It's time to chalk up his recruitment as a failure and move on. Hopefully some of the younger guys (Overton, IT, etc.) can live up to their potential/hype, something Justin was unable to do during his time at UW.

Posted by Bball Fan

6:11 PM, Jun 26, 2008

Another example that UW players come in and remain the same. LIttle or no improvement. (except for B-Roy who did it on his own)

Posted by jed

8:17 PM, Jun 26, 2008

Bball fan,

I agree that Dentmon hasn't improved very much. And the fact that he has been in the program for three years with a lot of playing time and had one year extra of high school competition at a prep school does not suggest that he will be the high level perimeter player we need this year. Ditto for Joel Smith. They will contribute but we need for some other personnel to step up.

Having said that it isn't fair to say no one other than B. Roy showed improvement here. Most players here improve.Tre Simmons was a much improved player in all facets of his game, B. Jones, Nate, Conroy,etc. Even Jamal Williams who was very skilled as an offensive low post player became a better team player, played defense and was a much better rebounder. Romar wasn't able to make Mike Jensen a great rebounder or low post scorer (probably reflects more Jensen's personality or limitations than Romar's lack of effort) but he did become a superb inside defensive player for his size especially at fronting taller players( not an easy skill).

I 'm sure there are other examples. Romar overall seems to be a good evaluator of talent and while I think he is still refining his offensive philosophy he clearly knows what it takes to win. I was pleased with the changes he engendered in the team as last season progressed.

Posted by Mix

9:01 PM, Jun 26, 2008

Jed, is correct, the number of Dawgs that improved drastically at UW is far greater than the list that didn't. A few names I would think of are...

Improved Dramatically:
- Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Will Conroy, Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Tre Simmons, Jon Brockman

Improved slightly, but lacked talent to really excel:
- Ryan Appleby, Curtis Allen, Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser, Artem Wallace, Hakeem Rollins, Anthony Washington

Did not improve or regressed:
- Justin Dentmon (although he still has time), Mike Jensen, Joel Smith

TBD: QPon, Wolf and any player that has played one year or less

So it seems to me that Romar has done pretty darn well and the proof will be seeing the players, especially last year's freshmen, QPon and Dent, take a big step this year.

Posted by Dentmon forever

9:32 PM, Jun 26, 2008

Amazing when you bring up Chicago hoops. Dentmon came in to UW as a freshman and lit up GU in HecEd for a "w" in crunch time with free throws and clutch baskets. A little coaching at Gonzaga for Pargo and Pargo makes third team all-american this year and Dentmon? Is well Dentmon. Player development people. Romar can certainly recruit, but what does he do with players once they are in the system? Just not seeing it. Must make the NCAA this year or his job should be on the line...

Posted by MT Husky

9:34 PM, Jun 26, 2008

I liked your list Mix...I would promote Artem from the 'slightly improved' category. He really impressed me last year - He has shown very consistent improvement each of his 3 seasons. I really hope he has 100% recovery otherwise he'll be sorely missed when Huskies play bigger teams.

Posted by Royal

9:19 PM, Jun 29, 2008

Dentmon is sore subject for many here but I think his play will be important again this season.

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