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Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies. E-mail Bob.
News and notes redux
Posted by Bob Condotta at 1:43 PM
A lot of you have had questions about scheduling, so here's an update:
Here are the nonconference teams that are set to play Washington next season — home games against Louisiana State, Sacramento State, Portland State (coached by former UW assistant Ken Bone with former Husky Curtis Allen an assistant), Idaho, Weber State and Eastern Washington. Also, the season-opening tournament that we wrote about here last week which has one team set — Pepperdine.
UW will also play at Gonzaga.
The Huskies were to play Montana at home, but that game has fallen through.
So that leaves the Huskies still searching for two more opponents for their home tournament Nov. 12-14, plus one nonconference home game to take the place of Montana, and one road game against a marquee nonconference opponent.
The latest rumored foe for that last game is Missouri. One UW source confirmed that the Huskies are talking with the Tigers about a home-and-home that would start with Washington playing at Missouri next year — probably during the Pac-10 Conference season during one of the weeks that UW plays Washington State and has just one game for the week. Missouri would here the following season.
Missouri was down this year and its best player, Thomas Gardner, declared for the NBA. But their new coach is Mike Anderson, who coached UAB to a tournament win against UW two years ago, which means Mizzou probably won't be down long.
That game is not set in stone. Washington hopes to finish all of this soon, however, possibly even later this week or next week.
One problem facing UW in putting together its schedule is that a lot of other schools, particularly traditional basketball powers, can pay much larger guarantees than Washington. Then there's the travel involved.
"It takes two to really want to do it," one person told me. "We got close to making deals with two ACC teams [one of which was Georgia Tech] but when it comes down to it, they've really got to want to come out here."
• I'm sure you're all aware that Leon Powe is definitely leaving California. In my eyes, that puts Washington among the top three teams in the Pac-10 heading into next season along with UCLA and Arizona. But each of those schools also has players considering making the NBA jump. I've been told it's likely that UCLA's Jordan Farmar and Arizona's Mustafa Shakur will turn pro, as well.
To me, Shakur leaving Arizona would be almost as big a hit as UCLA losing Farmer, and I don't think the Wildcats can replace what he gives them as well as UCLA could replace Farmar.
If Shakur and Farmar each go, I'd still make UCLA the favorite heading into next season. And I'd still probably put Arizona just slightly ahead of Washington.
Remember, the Wildcats still return a lot, with Marcus Williams, Ivan Radenovic, Kirk Walters, Jawann McClellan, etc.
• Now that the lottery is over, the NBA mock drafts are out in earnest.
Here's one that has Brandon Roy going No. 3 to Charlotte.
It's nice to hear, but a word of caution: none of the top players has done any individual workouts with teams yet. It all should become more clear where everyone stands once those workouts are conducted.
I'd also caution that I'd believe anything Richard Nixon said in 1974 more than I believe anything NBA general managers say the month before the draft. They all try to do as much as possible not to give away what they are really thinking.
That said, there are some interesting possibilities for Roy. I think Portland would be a great fit with Nate McMillan coaching there and Martell Webster already on the roster.
And what about Atlanta at No. 5? He could be reunited with Hawks assistant Bob Bender, the coach he signed to play with at Washington, as well as Bremerton native Marvin Williams and former Pac-10 rival Salim Stoudamire? Looks like it's going to turn out real well for Brandon no matter where he goes.
• Will Conroy will attend a mini-camp with the San Antonio Spurs this summer, and Tre Simmons will attend a similar camp with the Phoenix Suns. I'll try to post some more in-depth stuff on what Conroy and Simmons are doing in the coming days.