Dentmon brings winning attitude

When the Huskies take the floor this fall they will be missing two floor generals who led the program the past few seasons. The graduation of Will Conroy and the early departure of Nate Robinson left a void in the backcourt for sure, but the Huskies aren't without players to fill their spots. Enter Justin Dentmon, a cat-quick point guard who can score. Dentmon spoke recently with about why he became a Husky and what he's working on this preseason to get better.

"Right now what we're working on is our defense," Dentmon said following a workout. "We're working on getting everyone into the spots. Right now I'd say that's the weakest point of my game – defense."

Head coach Lorenzo Romar somewhat disagreed with Dentmon's self-assessment.

"He has really good quickness and he's really good at guarding the basketball up top and at keeping players in front of him," Romar said. "He's also a point guard that can score points, the kind of point guard we've had the last couple years with Will and Nate. If need be, he can go out and score points for us."

Dentmon spent a majority of his high school career in Carbondale, Illinois but eventually ended up at the Winchendon School in Massachusetts. While the weather in Seattle isn't perfect, Dentmon said he'll adjust.

"Ever since I came to Seattle, the only thing I don't like about it is the rain, but I'll get used to that quickly," Dentmon quipped. "Besides, all it does on the east coast is snow. I'll just go get myself a raincoat and an umbrella."

Dentmon's new teammates have really made an impression on him. At one point joking about things at then at another getting serious when it's crunch time.

"I have a lot of goofy teammates," Dentmon said. "There are a lot of goofy guys out here and a lot of different characters. How you interact with the other players translates to the floor, so the goofiness is good in some situations."

So has anything surprised the little man with the big heart?

"Basically I didn't think we would run as much as we do now," Dentmon acknowledged. "I'm not used to picking up the ball full court, but I can adjust to it and I know I'll feel more comfortable in the program."

Conventional wisdom has Florida transfer Ryan Appleby – who had to sit out last season because of transfer rules but still worked out with the team – starting at the point for the Dawgs when they take the floor against Simon Fraser on November 6th, but Dentmon says not so fast.

"I know a lot of people think Ryan is going to start, but nothing is set in stone yet," Dentmon said. "I'm still going to compete hard and do my best, but if he does start I'm just going to work hard and I know things will fall into place.

"I'm a winner. I like to win and that carries over to the court. Sometimes as a leader you need to learn to follow sometimes. So I'm going to follow for a while and then I can lead."

Leading the Huskies to wins is exactly what Romar and staff expect out of Dentmon in the near future.

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