2005 Washington Huskies Basketball Preview
2005 Washington Huskies Team Preview
The Huskies find themselves minus three guards—Nate Robinson, Tre Simmons, and Will Conroy-- who last season combined for an average of almost 42 points per game. That means coach Lorenzo Romar is going to have to rely on his forwards to create an inside game and open up the perimeter and clear shooting lanes.
That plan may work since Washington senior forwards Jamaal Williams and Mike Jensen are able and willing to work hard inside. Brandon Roy, at guard/forward, is now a senior and the highest returning scorer from last season with 12.8 PPG. Roy, who offers versatility and hustle (he averaged 5.0 RPG), is considered by many to be Washington’s most complete player. Hobbled by a knee injury in 2004-05 the swingman, who can switch from forward to point guard in a breath, is the designated go-to guy and central force on this year’s team. PAC-10 Player of the Year honors could be his in 2006.
Bobby Jones, senior forward, is another sound scorer and rebounder. With 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest last season, Jones is bound to be instrumental in any success the Huskies enjoy.
Finally coach Romar, who is 58-35 in three years with the Huskies, has done a fine job recruiting. Jon Brockman, a McDonald’s All-American and one of the top high school players from last year, is a great catch for the Huskies. At 6’-7” and 245 pounds the tough and rugged power forward stands as the future of the team. He won’t start this season but Brockman will immediately begin logging invaluable experience on the boards when he comes in off the bench.
Last season the Washington Huskies were ranked first in their conference and second overall in the nation in scoring and assists. That was with the now departed Robinson, Simmons, and Conroy. Will they be able to do it again with Jones, Roy, and Williams? If they can they’ll give Arizona a run for their money just like they did last year.
For more info on the 2005 Huskies check out the official Washington athletic site.