The Huskies lose a tremendous amount of talent off last year's team. In Thomas, the Huskies lose their leader and best player, and in Bryan-Amaning, the team loses its best interior player.
PG: 6'3" Jr. Abdul Gaddy 8.5 PPG 3.8 APG 40% three-point percentage 23.2 mpg (13 games)
G/F: 6'5" So. C.J. Wilcox 8.1 PPG 2.1 RPG 40 % three-point percentage 15.8 mpg
G/F: 6'6'' So. Terrence Ross 8.0 PPG 2.8 RPG 35 % three-point percentage 17.4 mpg
G/F: 6'6'' Sr. Scott Suggs 7.4 PPG 1.9 RPG 45 % three-point percentage 18.3mpg
PF/C: 6'8'' Sr. Darnell Gant 5.2 PPG 3.8 RPG 18.7 mpg
C : 7'0'' Jr. Aziz N'Diaye 4.6 PPG 5.7 RPG 1.1 BPG 17.4 mpg
Strengths: The Huskies are loaded on the perimeter. Don't be surprised if sophomore shooting guard Terrence Ross emerges as a go-to player, as the 6'6" small forward has been mentioned by many scouts as a future 1st round NBA draft pick. Possessing a smooth shootings stroke combined with length and athleticism, Ross has all the pre-requisites to be a star.
Teaming with Ross will be highly regarded 6'5" freshman point guard Tony Wroten. Blessed with innate passing skills, superior athleticism and a solid frame, Wroten can truly be as good as he desires. For Wroten to maximize his ability, he must continue to mature and play within the team concept.
With Wroten in the mix, it will be interesting to see how Romar handles the return of point guard Abdul Gaddy. Gaddy is coming back from an ACL injury suffered l3 games into last season and is probably not as good as his high school ranking would indicate, but he is a solid player with valuable game experience.
Sharp-shooting wings Scott Suggs and CJ Wilcox provide Romar with lineup flexibility.
Question Marks: Go-to-Player, Depth in the Frontcourt
- The Huskies lost a premier crunch-time performer in Isaiah Thomas. This year's team has a plethora of options, but the question still remains which player or players will fill the go-to void.
- The Huskies have two experienced posts in Aziz N'Diaye and Darnell Gant. N'Diaye in particular will be counted on to be an offensive and defensive presence. Gant is a bruiser who provides a physical presence. It will greatly benefit the Huskies if incoming freshman post Shawn Kemp Jr. is able to contribute productive minutes.
BOTTOMLINE: As always expect the Huskies to play an up-tempo style and attempt a lot of threes. This Washington roster is similar to many of Lute Olson's teams. Consisting of many talented guards and wings, the Huskies have a nice blend of high-caliber athletes, shooters and playmakers.
If the team can get steady post play, watch out. The Huskies have the talent to compete at the highest level of the Pac-12 and to make their 4th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.