Roy makes UW history

It wasn't a matter of if, but when. Everyone knew Brandon Roy's draft stock had skyrocketed, and that question was answered Wednesday night in New York City, when the former Washington guard was picked sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Draft, the highest Husky to have ever been picked since Bob Houbregs in 1953.

Houbregs was picked No. 3 overall by the-then Milwaukee Hawks. Of recent note, Washington signee Martell Webster was picked sixth overall in 2005 by the Portland Trailblazers and Nate Robinson was chosen by the Phoenix Suns at No. 21 and subsequently traded to the New York Knicks.

Soon after Roy was drafted, the Portland Trailblazers traded Villanova guard Randy Foye - picked up by the Blazers from Boston in another trade - for the rights to Roy, bringing the Northwest son home.

Roy had a remarkable senior season after an injury-plagued junior campaign. He was named a first team All-American, Washington's first since Houbregs in '53, as well as the Pac 10 Player of the Year, the first Husky since Christian Welp in 1986 to be so honored.

Roy, who graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, finished his career averaging 14.3 points per game and posted a career-high of 20.2 points as a senior. His 666 points were the fourth-best total in Washington history and his 135 assists were the eighth-highest.

Even with his scintillating skills and outstanding career on Montlake, it was a minor surprise that he ended up playing all four years for the Huskies. He originally applied for the 2002 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-Draft camps and withdrew his name from consideration prior to the Draft.

There were also other flirtations with declaring early, but he eased the Husky faithful's fears that he might jump after a solid junior year when he told the media a year ago he would stay for his final season of eligibility.

Because his ability to pull up or drive to the hoop, his ability to distribute the ball and his leadership skills, Roy's stock rose quickly during workouts for several NBA teams with many projecting him in the top five selections of the Draft.

Several scouts also said that Roy was the "most NBA-ready" prospect available and that he could start from day one on an NBA squad.

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