Husky Men's Basketball Blog
Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies.
July 14, 2008 11:20 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
If you are in the Seattle area and have some free time tomorrow you'll have one last chance to check out the Northwest Premier AAU Tournament being held at Bellevue Community College. The tournament features many of the top teams in the Northwest and simply checking to see how many college coaches you can spot is worth the price of admission.
I went tonight and saw one of the highlight games of the tournament --- the Seattle Rotary team featuring Peyton Siva, Garfield High sophomore-to-be Tony Wroten and Kentwood junior center Josh Smith against the Panthers, featuring Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley.
Rotary won 90-72 in a score that's pretty indicative of how the game went --- Rotary busted out to a big, early lead and was never really headed.
The Panthers made a run to start the second half to get within single-digits, but Rotary quickly regained command with a Siva drive for a behind-the-back layin and then a Wroten drive and pass to Smith for a thunderous dunk.
Siva took a hard shot to the head diving for a ball late in the game and was down for a few minutes but got up under his own power and seemed fine afterward.
I didn't keep stats and none were provided but all five had moments that surely impressed the coaches there. One observer told me that Wroten has impressed with his understanding of the game and ability to pass the ball, Bradley with his scoring, and Smith with his uncommon physicalness and hands.
There were a lot of coaches there, including Lorenzo Romar, Mark Few and Rick Barnes of Texas --- Few and Barnes spent much of the game sitting next to each other chatting. UCLA's Ben Howland was there earlier in the tournament --- it began Saturday --- and a Bruins assistant was there tonight. UCLA is said to be really high on Smith, and conventional wisdom is Smith may be reciprocating those feelings as many feel that's where he'll end up.
One person told me that no one's really sure about Gaddy and Bradley, who each mention a number of schools as ones they are still interested in, and have said they would consider a package deal, but also that they might go their own way. Gaddy lists 14 schools and Bradley 13. Scout.com lists UW as a school of medium interest for both.
Among other coaches there were Portland State's Ken Bone and assistant Curtis Allen, a former Husky player, as well as former UW player Grant Leep, now at Eastern Washington, and assistants for WSU, Cal and any other number of schools.
Also there was former NBA great John Stockton, helping coach his son's team, a mix of players from Spokane and Walla Walla. That team pulled one of the upsets of the tournament when it beat the Panthers and Bradley and Gaddy in an early round.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with the title game at 3, although Rotary will apparently play in a semi-final game around 11:30 a.m. or so.
Posted by shane/olympia
12:56 AM, Jul 15, 2008
it's pretty cool to be on the map
marcus williams - the idiot that should have stayed at zona
i think the seattle area has done alright!
Posted by OlyDawg
9:30 AM, Jul 15, 2008
I really can't believe these guys don't all want to go to UW. Together they would be an unstoppable powerhouse. And its not like Romar hasn't proven he can develop players with enough time and natural ability (see: Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Will Conroy).
At UCLA or Louisville or USC they'll sit the bench behind McDonald's All-Americans and be home-sick.
Wroten, Smith, Gaddy, Bradley, along with the guys we just brought in....I would love to see that one play out.
Posted by mattysimone
12:58 PM, Jul 15, 2008
if we dont get smith i dont know if my luv for the huskies hoops will continue. thats how big of a recruit he is. I cant believe none of these kids wanna stay home and bring the home state the glory for the first time ever. smith is a beast...Ive saw him play a couple times...and howland was there sunday. along with dollar I also saw and then a bunch of scouts i didnt recognize
Posted by Daniel M
7:37 PM, Jul 15, 2008
You guys are funny. Just because you have great love for the uw doesn't mean everyone does. Would you be all right with them all going to Gonzaga or Washington State (or Seattle U for that matter), as it would bring the home state some glory? These young players will go where they feel comfortable and it may mean they go to the uw or not. As far as going out of state and sitting, the list that Shane wrote (you forgot Marvin Williams) shows many players that have went out of state and didnít sit. When these players do commit, they wonít be sitting long for anyone because they are that good.
Posted by jed
10:52 PM, Jul 15, 2008
You would like to sign most of these five star players but there is a lot of competition and some young people are perhaps overly influenced by the big name. The difficult thing for each of them is just what every HS senior faces in deciding on a college. The goal for the ordinary student and the elite athlete should be the same; not necessarily to go to the best school (i.e. biggest name school) but to go to the best school for you.
This takes clarity of thought and some times courage to make a decision with which others might disagree. You can get to NBA from the UW just as well as from any of the other schools. The Pac-10 draftees this year have really performed well so far in the NBA summer league. Their competitive experience in the Pac-10 has served them well.
Sometimes the less elite schools have to depend more on astute talent evaluation to identify the non four or five star players that have the potential. Nothing could help UW recruiting more that consistently getting maximum success and development from the players they currently have. They have enough talent this year to potentially be competitive with most anyone.
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