Garfield's Roy ready for the year ahead

No heads were hanging after the Husky men fell Wednesday night to Athletes in Action for the second consecutive season. While the team did express some disappointment, nobody felt the game would put a damper on what figures to be an exciting year of Husky hoops.

There were plenty of positives, despite the loss.

One, without a doubt, was the continual emergence of sophomore Brandon Roy as one of the team's go-to guys. The second-year swingman out of Seattle's Garfield High poured in 12 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and swiped three steals in 26 minutes in the Huskies' final exhibition game.

After the game, Roy talked with Dawgman.com for an update on the team and the season ahead.

"There were a lot of positive things that went on out there, and I think this game was a good test," said the 6-foot-6 wing. "But you want to win every game, whether it's exhibition or not."

One of Roy's strengths thus far in the young season has been his ability to rebound. On a team that has only a couple "bigs" on their roster – Anthony Washington, Mike Jensen, Hakeem Rollins, and Hans Gasser – it's going to be important for the sophomore to hit the glass hard.

He understands that, which is one reason why he's pulled down 16 rebounds through two games.

"That's really an emphasis this year," he said. "I could get 15 rebounds and coach is still going to say, "Brandon, you've got to help the team rebound. No matter if I'm playing the three or the two, I've still got to keep rebounding."

Aside from that, other parts of Roy's game have started to take off. Last season, he admits he never really got into "basketball condition." And entering that, his freshman year, midway through the season, he never really got a complete grasp of the Husky offense.

Now, he's got both working for him and it's paying off.

"It's starting to go a little better," said Roy. "I've finally got my legs under me so I'm starting to be able to carry my jumper over from the practice court into games. I feel comfortable. I feel like I'm getting better each game."

Just one bright spot on a team full of them, Brandon Roy is one reason to get excited about the Huskies this season.

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