Hoops Signee Fails to Qualify

Anthony Washington, a 6-9 freshman big man from Garfield High School in Seattle, will not play at the University of Washington this fall, men's basketball coach Bob Bender announced today.

It was learned that Washington didn't meet NCAA eligiblity requirements, thus voiding the National Letter-of-Intent that he signed last Novemeber.

Freshman Will Conroy, another Garfield High product who intended to walk-on this season, will receive the scholarship that was going to be given to Washington. He was present today at UW for the first day of Fall Quarter classes.

Conroy was rated the No. 15 point guard in the West by Pac-West Hoops. He averaged 14.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game during his senior season, helping Garfield to a 27-2 record. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the 2001 season before suffering an 85-82 double-overtime loss to Foss in the first round of the state tournament.

The Huskies will begin practice for the 2001-2002 season on Oct. 13. Their preseason schedule includes two 7 p.m. exhibition games at home, Nov. 2 against the Bisbane Capitals of the Australian professional league and Nov. 8 against Western Washington. The regular season opener kicks off Nov. 15 at Alaska-Fairbanks in the first game of the Top of the World Classic.

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