UW men’s hoops squad seeks a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA tourney berth with Romar’s second-youngest roster.
No way to know how Lorenzo Romar’s Washington Huskies basketball team will fare in 2011-12 without the likes of their three top scorers from last spring’s NCAA Tournament team, guard Isaiah Thomas and forwards Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday. But there will be plenty of opportunities to track the UW’s progress (or lack of same).
Winners of the past two Pac-10 Conference basketball tournaments, the Huskies, who began practice Tuesday for their opener Nov. 12 against Georgia State, will be featured in at least 11 of the 67 Pac-12 games that will be televised to national, regional or local audiences in 2011-12.
The Huskies will play televised games on Root Sports on Jan. 7 at Utah (11 a.m.), Jan. 15 vs. Washington State (4 p.m.), Feb. 4 vs. USC (8 p.m.), Feb. 9 at Oregon (8 p.m.), Feb. 12 at Oregon State (2:30 p.m.), Feb. 16 vs. Arizona State (8 p.m.), and Feb. 18 vs. Arizona (1 p.m.). All times are Pacific.
ESPN has scheduled the Huskies for four appearances: Dec. 6 vs. Marquette (6 p.m.), Dec. 31 vs. Oregon (7 p.m., ESPN2), Jan. 28 at Arizona (4 p.m., ESPN) and Feb. 2 vs. UCLA (6 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2, TBD).
CBS will feature Washington vs. Duke on Dec. 10 (9 a.m.) at Madison Square Garden.
Root Sports is expected to televise at least 25 UW games, including the exhibition opener Nov. 4 against Seattle Pacific.
Washington (24-11) concluded the 2010-11 season ranked 23rd nationally after advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where the Huskies were eliminated by North Carolina.
Since then, junior guard Thomas, who averaged 16.8 points per game in his final year with the Huskies, declared for the NBA draft and was selected by the Sacramento Kings.
Bryan-Amaning, the UW’s school’s second-ranked career shot blocker (157) and a member of the all-conference team in 2011, signed a professional contract with Hacettepe University of the Turkish Basketball League. Amaning played in 136 games during his Husky career, tying Quincy Pondexter for the most appearances ever. He was named the Pac-10′s Most Improved Player.
Holiday, a member of the all-conference team in 2009-10, signed a contract to play for Generali Okapi Aalstar, a Division I club in Belgium. Team captain in 2010-11, Hoiliday averaged 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior. As a junior, he was named to the Pac-10 Conference’s all-defensive team.
Offsetting part of the losses is the addition of 6-5 Tony Wroten Jr,, who starred at Garfield High School. Wroten is one of seven incoming freshmen joining seven returnees, making for the second-youngest squad in Romar’s tenure. The Huskies begin a three-day training camp Friday at Evergreen State College in Olympia.
April 5: One day after the University of Connecticut is crowned national champion, Washington places 23rd in the final USA Today/ESPN Top-25 Coaches poll.
April 13: At the UW’s postseason banquet, Thomas is named the team’s 950 KJR Most Valuable Player and its Playmaker of the Year. Bryan-Amaning is named the recipient of the Marv Harshman Award (top rebounder) and John Meyers Defensive Player award. Bryan-Amaning also shares the John Meyers award with Holiday, who wins top hustler honors with the Wurster Award. Sophomore Aziz N’Diaye is named the team’s hardest worker (Industrial Award) and shares the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete honors with junior Brendan Sherrer. Junior Darnell Gant earns the Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational award, and junior Scott Suggs is named the squad’s Most Improved Player.
May 24: The Huskies will play two nationally televised games in New York’s Madison Square Garden, against Marquette in the Jimmy V Classic Dec. 6, and against Duke on Dec. 10.
June 11: Romar announces that he has received a financial aid agreement from 6-9, 225-pound German import Martin Breunig, and that Breunig will join the team for the 2011-12 season.
June 23: The Sacramento Kings select junior 5-9 guard Isaiah Thomas with the 60th and last pick in the NBA draft.
July 6: Bryan-Amaning signs a pro contract with Hacettepe University of the Turkish Basketball League.
July 7: Romar announces the addition of Shawn Kemp Jr. to the 2011-12 roster. The son of the former Sonics legend, Kemp attended post graduate school at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA. He originally signed with Auburn in 2009.
July 21: Romar announces the addition of walk-on Alex Wegner, a freshman from Vashon Island.
Aug. 4: Holiday signs a contract to play for Generali Okapi Aalstar, a Division I team in Belgium.
Aug. 23: Former UW coach Tex Winter (1969-71) is enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Winter had a 45-35 record in three seasons at UW.
Sept. 7: Doctors clear guard Abdul Gaddy’s return to basketball action. Gaddy tore the ACL in his left knee during practice on Jan. 4, ending what had started as a promising sophomore season.