From Brandon Roy to Terrence Ross, in recent years the Huskies have produced a bundle of NBA talent. But their talent level certainly didn’t get in the Ducks’ way in 2013. Will it in 2014?
This past year the Huskies finished (18-16, 9-9) and lost in the first round of the NIT. Though it was a down year for the Huskies, they still had former high school legend Abdul Gaddy and second team all PAC-12 forward CJ Wilcox. While Gaddy completed his career at UW, Wilcox will return next year for his senior season and will be a potential PAC-12 player of the year candidate after averaging over 16 points per game his junior season. The Huskies also lose second leading scorer Scoot Suggs and leading rebounder and Aziz N’Diaye.
The next inevitable member of the UW-turned-NBA-player club will be incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss. Williams-Goss not only nailed two game-winning shots for Findlay Prep (NV) but also was the starting point guard on two state championship teams. Goss has the size and skill to make an immediate impact for the dogs. He proved to be lethal from three-point range by winning the three points shootout during the MacDonald’s All-American festivities.
Washington also adds University of San Francisco transfer forward Perris Blackwell to its arsenal. Blackwell averaged double figures while shooting over 55% from the field in both of his past two seasons for San Francisco. UW forward Shawn Kemp, Jr. will look to bounce back from an injury-riddled season and will likely see more opportunities to succeed.
The Huskies have the firepower to score a lot of points next year, but with the lack of a defensive stalwart on the perimeter or in the middle, my money’s still on the Ducks.
Feature photo courtesy of Kevin Cline.