Hoops report: 11/4

Cameron Dollar brought a brand new vocal presence to practice Monday. The formerly suspended assistant coach is obviously glad to be back helping the team. Dollar gives the Huskies a second assertive voice in the huddle and is an extension of Lorenzo Romar in every way.

Cameron Dollar will spend most of his time with the guards, and the overall defense. As a former point guard, Dollar hounded the guards during a screen-roll defensive drill. The guards also spent a lot of time on a post entry pass drill. Last year's team had trouble getting the ball to the post and that is one area where Lorenzo Romar would like to see improvement.

C.J. Massingale has worked on his ball handling in the off-season. His ability to dribble and make solid post entries was evident in the drills. Do not be surprised to see Massingale bring the ball up the court from time to time.

In the same post drills Anthony Washington showed an ability to score, but his ability to rebound continues to be his forte. Ben Devoe is improving offensively. He has soft hands and can be effective around the rim. His midrange game still needs a great deal of attention, but he's a freshman. Defensively Devoe will need to become more aggressive. For his size he is getting pushed around a lot, but to his credit, he is also becoming noticeably more and more comfortable in the system and with his teammates.

Bodies started to fly when the Huskies when to five on five. There is a lot of bumping and bruising underneath the basket. Today's practice was by far the loudest and most intense to date. Communication between the players is enthusiastic and frequent. However you can tell the players are anxious to face someone other than the same teammates they've been seeing for the last few weeks.

November 12th's exhibition against Central Washington cannot come soon enough for the Dawgs.


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