Introducing the 2015-16 Washington Huskies Men's Basketball Team, Part Three

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 Big Men

Marquese Chriss, Freshman, 6-foot-9 F, Sacramento, Calif.

Chriss is a baby-faced, pogo stick of a hybrid forward from Elk Grove, Calif. The super-bouncy Chriss checks in at nearly 6-foot-9 and possesses a 38-inch vertical leap. He excels in transition and is a smooth, yet naturally explosive athlete. His physical assets, excellent timing and instincts, mark him as a potentially elite rebounder and shot-blocker.  He's on the raw side offensively, though again, he holds vast potential, and is skilled with the ball in his hands. His jump shot is a bit flat but he's a decent shooter, with range extending beyond the three-point arc. He shines as a transition player, possessing great speed, and should be a constant alley-oop target to compete the fast break. 

Coach Romar's take: "Marquese Chriss - Outstanding leaper, has immense upside, has a lot of talent. He’s an exciting player to watch. Fast, good foot speed - he’s going to be a good one for us. Good shot-blocker."

Bottom line: Athletically speaking, Chriss's upside is off the charts. He's among the most athletically gifted players to ever enter the Washington Basketball program. It may take some time for him to settle in, however. He's really young for a college freshmen, but he has packed on considerable muscle since arriving, now tipping the scales at 230 pounds.  He's shaking off a preseason wrist injury and is expected to be back before the start of the season. He'll compete for a starting role and should earn big minutes as a key member of the front court rotation. 


Noah Dickerson, Freshman, 6-foot-8 F, Atlanta, Georgia.

The last player of the 2015 Washington recruiting class may end up being its most important addition. The talented forward fills a vital need in the Huskies' front court as a back-to-the-basket scoring threat. At 6-foot-8, he's not especially tall for a front court player, but he's all arms and legs, boasting a 7-foot-1 wingspan. There isn't much Dickerson doesn't do well. He's skilled in the paint, showing quick, agile feet, swivel hips, and an effective, snap-spin move on the block. He's an impressive rebounder, using his energetic motor, long reach, and quick second bounce to dominate the glass. He also shows promise with the ball in his hands, with an above average handle, and quality passing ability for a front court player his size. He even possesses a decent stroke from beyond the three-point arc.

Coach Romar's take: "Noah Dickerson is arguably our best low-post scorer right now. Really understands where he is around the basket. He can also step out and knock the shot down from the perimeter. I would say when you think of a Jamaal Williams who played for us who was a really good low-post scorer, Noah is somewhere along those lines. We got Jamaal when he was a junior, Noah’s a freshman. But he has the capability to be able to do that. Another guy who won two national championships at Montverde Academy, so he’s accustomed to winning." 

Bottom line: The Huskies are thanking their lucky stars they landed Dickerson as late in the recruiting cycle as they did.  He's an immediate impact player, and Washington hasn't really had anyone like Dickerson before. There are some similarities between Dickerson and Jon Brockman, who averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a game his freshman season, and Noah should put up comparable numbers either as a starter or earning big minutes off the bench. 


Malik Dime, Junior, 6-foot-9 F, Columbus, Ohio.

Washington's lone junior college transfer in the 2015 recruiting class, Dime will fill a vital role as a rim defender and rebounder.  He's long and lean, with excellent timing, who plays with a ton of energy and is a vocal leader in the paint. He is a transition oriented big man, with excellent speed and he excels as a finisher on the break. He's not the most offensively polished post player, earning baskets on the offensive glass via cuts and put-backs. 

Coach Romar's take: "Speaking of shot-blockers, he’s also a very good shot-blocker. Runs the floor, probably our most vocal player. Very enthusiastic, his teammates love him. He played in a national championship game at Indian Hills Junior College a couple years ago, so again is accustomed to winning."

Bottom line: Dime will immediately jump into a prime role in the Washington front court this season.  The Huskies will be hard pressed to replicate Robert Upshaw's defensive presence but Dime gives them a legitimate rim defender who should become a vital ingredient in a successful college basketball lineup. 


Devenir Duruisseau, Freshman, 6-foot-8 F, Palmdale, Calif.

Duruisseau quietly committed to the Huskies last fall, filling an obvious need for a big body in the paint. At 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, Duruisseau is a solidly built post player, possessing quality footwork and a soft touch around the basket.  He's a solid athlete, though he plays primarily beneath the rim. He's a banger and uses his broad frame effectively. He can also step out and knock down the three pointer. 

Coach Romar's take: "Devenir Duruisseau is from California. Is about as solid a player as you want to find out there. Just doesn’t make very many mistakes. Doesn’t mind doing the dirty work. Loves to bang, loves to hit people out there and is also a quick learner for us."

Bottom line: Duruisseau is the Huskies' beefiest low post option this season, and will likely be put to work against the abundance of super-sized front courts dotting the Huskies' schedule.


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