Introducing the 2015-2016 Washington Huskies Basketball Team, Part One

November is here, which means the start of the college basketball season is nearly upon us. For the Washington Huskies, the changing leaves signal a rebirth for a program that has fallen on hard times of late.  Fortunately, the Washington roster has been completely retooled, with the Dawgs returning just two players from last season's disappointment.  

The Returners

Andrew Andrews - The senior point guard from Benson Tech in Portland takes over the reigns of the offense as season captain in his fifth year at Washington.  He's coming off his most productive season yet, averaging career highs of 15 points and 4.3 rebounds in 33.8 minutes per game. The Pac-12's third leading returning scorer made big strides from beyond the arc as well, connecting on 37.6 percent of his three-point attempts while leading the team in trips to the line and free throw percentage. A standout defender, Andrews' energetic motor will set the tone for the Huskies on both ends of the floor as his young protégés look his way both for leadership and action, particularly during game time. 

Bottom line: Andrews is poised for a big senior season as he takes his farewell lap at Washington. He'll have the ball in his hands a lot, and should rank among the league leaders in points, assists and steals, as well as a candidate for All Conference honors.  His perseverance and commitment to the program are admirable as they have navigated choppy waters the last couple of years and he has earned the right to claim this season as "his". Washington's prospects on the court this season rest on his capable shoulders, both as a player and as the team's leader. The Huskies will go as far as Andrew Andrews takes them.

Donaven Dorsey - Dorsey wasn't always a thickly built three-point specialist, which is the role he served with the Huskies last season.  In fact, he was pretty much the exact opposite as an under-the-radar recruit from Timberline High School in Lacey. In high school, Dorsey spent most of his time with the ball in his hands, so expect to see more of that when he hits the hardwood this fall.  The 6-foot-7 sophomore wing has dropped 20 pounds over the offseason and regained his former agility and explosiveness in the process. He's an excellent ball handler and an emphatic finisher. Though Dorsey's surprising three-point stroke will almost certainly be a fixture of the lineup, fans can also expect to see a more aggressive player on offense as he slices and dices through the paint. 

Bottom line.  Dorsey's early contributions to the Huskies last season was a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season and fans can expect to see a bigger role for him this year.  As much as his expanded offensive capabilities should benefit the Huskies, it's his defensive maturation that will determine how much he ultimately plays.  He's expected to compete for a starting spot on the wing.  


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