Dentmon ready for Washington

Late February is a time when basketball players are wrapping up their seasons and preparing for the post season. Future Washington point guard Justin Dentmon - originally from Carbondale, Illinois - and his team from The Winchendon School in Massachusetts are certainly no different.

"Right now we're doing OK," the 6 foot senior point guard told this week. "We are 15-8."

Dentmon has had a solid season at prep school and his stats bare that out. "I'm averaging eight assists, 23 points, four rebounds and two steals per game," he said, confidently. "I'm still working on my defense and my jump shot, but I feel I'm doing pretty well at the point position."

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar called Dentmon the other night and impressed the young man's mom with some of his questions. "He talked to me about how I'm doing in school and then how I'm doing on the court. My mom is really happy he's concerned about how I'm doing in school and how my family is doing."

After not qualifying directly out of high school, when he originally signed with Illinois State, Romar has a right to be concerned, but Dentmon said he can put those worries to rest.

"I've got a B-average right now…I'm fully qualified," Dentmon said proudly.

With the basketball season almost over and his schoolwork in order, Dentmon has his sights set on improving defensively and gaining strength in the weight room.

"I'm just going to keep working out," he said. "I can't take any days off. I just have to keep playing and playing, because that is the only way I am going to get better."

Even though he is stuck in the northeastern part of the country, Dentmon has still been able to find the Dawgs on TV and he seems to like what he has seen. "I've seen (the Huskies) a lot," Dentmon said excitedly. "I like the way they push the ball. It is pretty much my style of play. I'm looking forward to coming in and bringing some leadership to the team."

Dentmon said he is slated to head to Seattle sometime in July to start working out with the team.

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