Will Conroy in Portsmouth

Once Will Conroy's season was over for the Washington Huskies, he had very little down time. He immediately headed to Spokane to work out and prepare for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in hopes of opening eyes and getting the attention of NBA scouts.

Washington had a wonderful 2004-05 season under the leadership of their senior point guard. He described the plane ride home from Albuquerque, New Mexico, as one of highs and lows.

"The ride back to Seattle was a sad one in some ways, but also had some mixed emotions," Conroy told Dawgman.com Thursday from Portsmouth. "It was sad that we couldn't keep it going, we were disappointed. We felt we were a better team than we showed against Louisville, but on the other hand, it was a great run.

"You have to play six really good games in the tournament, and two is not enough."

Washington knocked off Montana and Pacific before bowing to eventual Final Four contender Louisville.

Conroy is now a very recognizable face in the basketball community, something very new and somewhat surprising to him, thanks to the ESPN all-access program. "The ESPN coverage really was something," admitted Conroy. "Guys back here recognize me and ask me for autographs. They pass up the big stars and come straight to me because of the TV exposure," said Conroy.

He is still a student at Washington, and will return home to finish that in the very near future. "Right now I'm taking a break to do this (Portsmouth). I've talked to all of my teachers to let them know what I'm doing. I'll be done shortly next year, as I only have 8 credits to go," said Conroy.

He has signed with the Goodwin agency, the brothers that represent Gary Payton and LeBron James.

The Portsmouth experience has been very positive thus far. "From everything I'm hearing, a lot of people told me that I'm one of the best guards back here," said Conroy. "I'm doing very well and getting a lot of attention. We'll see where that goes."

Conroy has always had to prove himself, and the scouts back at Portsmouth enjoy his underdog persona. It is new, and he admits that it is at times scary not knowing what the future holds. "It drives you to do better," he said.

After Portsmouth Conroy will take 2-3 days off. He hasn't had any time off since the season ended so his body will need the healing time. Then he'll work out for some individual teams, and then hopes to be invited to the NBA Predraft Camp in Chicago. That camp runs from June 7th to the 10th. If he keeps performing in Portsmouth the way he is, his agents believe that he'll get an invite for sure.

Conroy then reflects back on his special time on Montlake Boulevard. "I miss my Dawgpack, man," he said. "I think of that all the time. I can't come out of that tunnel, put my hand to my ear and have them start barking at me. I'm really going to miss that."

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar is back in Portsmouth (as well as Conroy's teammate Nate Robinson), checking out the action and most likely doing some evaluation on potential Husky recruits in the area. "He told me I was the best point guard on the floor yesterday," Conroy said of Romar's appraisal. "He's patting me on the butt, but if I wasn't playing the way I played all season, he'd be kicking it."

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