In our Wednesday paper we a look at what the Aughts (is that really the best name we could come up with for this decade?) meant to the UW basketball program.
For starters, though, here are our selections for some of the highlights and lowlights of the decade. (For these purposes, the all-decade team was defined as “best player the Huskies have had at the position this decade,” and therefore the relatively low career numbers of one-and-done Spencer Hawes, for example, isn’t held against him.)
PG Will Conroy
Fierce competitor and UW’s all-time assists leader.
SG Nate Robinson
Another fierce competitor, his 574 points in 2004-05 were sixth-most by a Husky.
G/F Brandon Roy
First-team All-American and No. 6 pick in NBA draft.
PF Jon Brockman
Three-time captain and UW career leader with 1,283 rebounds.
C Spencer Hawes
Showed enough in one injury-slowed season to become No. 10 pick in NBA draft.
Player of the Decade
Brandon Roy. Always the most talented player on his team, he was willing to come off the bench when that was needed and was able to lead on and off the court when that was needed.
Team of the Decade
2004-05. No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament and Pac-10 tournament champion. Advanced to Sweet 16. Started Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Tre Simmons, Will Conroy, Nate Robinson … and brought Brandon Roy off the bench.
Win of the Decade
March 11, 2004. Huskies knock off unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Stanford, 75-62.
Thrill of the Decade
March 13, 2005. Hec Edmundson Pavilion crowd erupts on Selection Sunday when Washington is named No. 1 seed.
Disappointment of the decade
March 24, 2006. Costly errors cost Huskies overtime loss to Connecticut in the 2006 Sweet 16.
Shot of the decade
Jan. 17, 2004. Nate Robinson hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer that forced overtime in UW’s 103-99 win. After overcoming that 16-point second-half deficit, the Huskies won 14 of their next 16 games and advanced to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999.