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Husky Men's Basketball Blog
Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies. E-mail Bob.
Posted by Bob Condotta at 1:29 PM
I had a chance to talk with legendary UW coach Marv Harshman recently and he told me that he had watched the Huskies practice last week.
Overall, he is optimistic about this team although he thinks the Pac-10 could be better than a year ago, which could make it more difficult for UW to finish as high as it did a year ago.
Here's a little of what he had to say:
"I was really pleased with how the new people looked and I think there's some good prospects there. I like (Jon) Brockman very well. He is so intense and I'm sure he's got a good chance to start as a freshman.
"The other kid who looks like him, (Artem) Wallace, really was a hard worker and I think he's going to be a much better backup rebounding wise than we've had in a couple of years.
"I think the backcourt is going to miss Nate (Robinson) and Will Conroy and might miss Tre Simmons more than anybody else because right now I don't think they have that much power outside shooting as they had last year.
"But I like Ryan Appleby - I think he's going to be OK. I think he sees the court maybe even better than Conroy did. He's maybe not as physically skilled but he handles the ball well, he's a good passer and he seems to be a better-than-average three-point shooter.
"Having Jones and Roy back in the middle is kind of the magnet for the whole team."
Harshman also singled out sophomore guard Joel Smith, who he said "looks bulked up some and just much more mature."
As for the overall picture, Harshman said "I think they are going to have very good depth and they will be a good team, although you look at the league and there are four or five good teams there. I think they will be (competitive) but I don't know if they will win the league."