Will Power

The Washington Husky basketball team is having a solid season thus far, but some have pointed out that they miss their leaders from last year's backcourt. The floor general was Seattle's own Will Conroy last year, a walk-on turned stellar point guard. So what is Conroy doing these days?

Will is now the starting point guard for the Tulsa 663ers in the NBA developmental league. Through 23 games Conroy is averaging 13 points per game and 6 assists per contest, but he had to bide his time at the beginning of the season.

"It's tough," Conroy told Dawgman.com. "When I first got here I had to play behind John Lucas because he was allocated to this team. He was put here because he played for Oklahoma State and that would draw the fans here to Tulsa, so he was placed as the starting point guard."

Conroy stuck it out, and then Lucas got called up by his Houston Rocket's team. That allowed Conroy to move into the starting role and he's flourished ever since.

"I've had the opportunity to show some of my talents," said Conroy. "I had a triple double the other night, with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. I was the second player in the NBA developmental league to ever do that. Then I had 22 points, 7 boards, and 7 assists in the last game. Those were big games for me," said Conroy, who averaged 24 points and 8 assists in his first four starts.

Conroy feels fortunate to still be doing the thing he loves most in the world – playing basketball. "It's great, getting paid for playing this game, every 1st and 15th of every month. But I miss school," said Conroy. "I miss the guys like Brandon, Bobby, Mike, Jamaal, Nate, and Trey. I miss coach too, but you have to move on. My dream is to play in the NBA and I'll do whatever it takes to get there. That's what I'm doing."

The NBA developmental league is a breeding ground for young players that are waiting to be discovered, who were perhaps overlooked in college. "You can't tell who's watching, but I heard that there was a special on me on NBA TV that said I was turning some NBA heads, so that was good to hear," said Conroy.

His brash, sometimes cocky ‘bring it on' attitude translates very well to his new environment. "You know what's crazy?" asked Conroy to Kim Grinolds. "I did an interview the other day and the guy told me that I play with a flair that few others do. He described me as a crowd pleaser with my smile and the way I get the crowd into the game and keep everyone going. That reminded me of what you always told me."

While pursuing his dream, he's in heaven when he's on the hardwood, but when he's off the court, he is quite bored. "There is nothing to do out here in Tulsa," he laments.

He does stay in touch with former Huskies when he can. "Trey Simmons went to Greece. I talk to Nate all of the time. He's playing really well right now. I watched him practice with the Knicks over Christmas. Larry Brown invited me, so I was on the floor, and Nate was the same old Nate, chirping away, loose as ever. He's really doing well."

"I stay in touch with Coach Dollar and Coach Romar. I talk to Brandon just about every night, on email. It's hard being away."

Conroy would love to come back to Seattle for a visit, but he's pretty busy at the moment. " I miss hearing the Dawgpack barking. I really want to come watch a game, but it's going to be tough. If I get called up and wind up making a playoff roster, I doubt I'll get the chance to get to Hec-Ed. Maybe I'll get to sneak in and watch an away game though," said Conroy.

"Tell those Husky fans that I miss them."

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