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October 14, 2005

Brockman ready to go

Posted by Bob Condotta at 9:30 AM

What figures to be the hottest topic of UW's early season practices will be monitoring the progress of Jon Brockman, the forward from Snohomish High who is the crown jewel of Washington's five-man incoming freshman class.

What Husky coaches like about him the most is his motor - the fact that he never lets up in drills, scrimmages or games.

And he can't wait to get this season started.

I was talking with him the other day and he mentioned how he hasn't played in an organized game since the state tournament last March, which he thinks is the longest drought since he began playing basketball seriously.

"Growing up, you play hundreds of basketball games every year,'' he said, pointing out that not only is there the high school season, but summer leagues and AAU tournaments and the like. "You play hundreds of games every summer, you play in the fall and the spring. You are always playing.

"When you commit to a college, you finish your high school season and from that time in the spring when you finish your games all the way to now, you haven't played in any games.''

That doesn't mean he's just been sitting around. Brockman and the rest of the Huskies have diligently attended off-season workouts, taking part in pickup games, and done a few organized drills as allowed by the NCAA since school started late last month.

"But you can only do so much of that until you start looking forward to beating up on someone else,'' he said.

He won't really get that opportunity until Nov. 6, when UW opens with an exhibition game against Simon Fraser.

But for now, starting practice is good enough.

"It's a step in the right direction,'' he said.

Brockman's profile on the official Huskies site.