Archives: Jan. 2011
For weeks, coaches on the Washington State football staff had reportedly grown skeptical about the hot-and-cold oral commitment of Gonzaga Prep’s Bishop Sankey.
Sankey is the best running back in the state of Washington, and was the Cougars’ first commit for 2011 a year ago.
But on Tuesday night, when UW coach Steve Sarkisian made an in-house visit in Spokane, Sankey changed his mind and gave the Huskies an oral commitment.
Is this a huge get for the UW? It is a crippling blow for the Cougars?
Based on the ratings of the popular recruiting services, Sankey is quite the catch. He was named the No. 4 recruit in the state of Washington (the UW has now five of the top six), and is a top 25 running back nationally.
Despite being 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, he is a workhorse – capable of toting the ball 30-35 times a game, even at the collegiate level.
What kind of impact will he have in the Pacific-10 Conference?
For the third time in the last four weeks, a Washington Husky has been named Pac-10 men’s basketball player of the week.
This time it’s junior guard Isaiah thomas, who put together this string of amazing numbers: averaging 20.5 points, nine assists, six rebounds and to steals in leading UW to a sweep of the Arizona schools.
Here’s the release from the Pac-10:
WASHINGTON’s Isaiah Thomas was named Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 17-23, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The junior guard led the Huskies to wins over Arizona and Arizona State over
The Washington Huskies climbed two places to 18th in today’s AP media poll and three places to 17th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
The Huskies are the only Pac-10 team in either Top 25. Arizona was the No. 27 vote-getter in each.
No other Pac-10 team got votes, nor did Gonzaga.
Here are the complete rankings in each poll.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar spoke words about Isaiah Thomas today that some thought they would never hear: “I am not lobbying for anything, I am just telling you how I feel: He should be on the all-defensive team,” Romar said. “He has played that good of defense for us.”
Thomas scored 19 points, dished eight assists and grabbed six rebounds in Washington’s 88-75 win over Arizona State. But his biggest mark may have come on the defensive end, where he doused previously sizzling ASU senior Ty Abbott.
In the first half, Abbott had gone off for 13 points on …
For perhaps the second straight game, it wasn’t as easy as the final score might indicate. However, the Huskies finally put Arizona State away for an 88-75 win. (Here’s our game story.) Their first double-digit lead didn’t come until the final minute.
And as much of a struggle as it seemed at times, that 88 points represents the most allowed by ASU since coach Herb Sendek arrived five seasons ago.
“It’s never fun to play against Arizona State. … They always make it difficult and I’m just excited that we were able to come out with a victory and move on,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “My good buddy Steve Lavin said, ‘Sometimes you just have to move the chains.’ That’s what we did today. Coach Sendek just finds a way to do a good job all the time. I’m just glad we found a way. Matthew Bryan was very, very good obviously today. Our guys did a good job of going inside and getting him the basketball.”
UW was led by Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who had a career-high 30 points, along with nine rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had 19 points and eight assists.
Ty Abbott and Trent Lockett led the Sun Devils with 20 points each.
“I just tried to find space,” MBA said. “It’s kind of hard with that matchup. I know that their interior defense isn’t as good, that’s why the up a lot. As long as I can carve out space, coach told us there was going to be a lot of one-on-one coverage, so I should be able to go at them tonight, so that’s what I tried to do.”
The result sends No. 20 Washington to 16-4 on the season and 7-1 in the Pac-10. The loss drops ASU to 9-10 and 1-6.
Now the Huskies hit a break in their schedule. They won’t return to action until a week from Sunday at Washington State.
It’s tempting enough to imagine that Washington passed this week’s tough test by knocking off Arizona on Thursday, and that the easy one comes at 1p.m. Saturdy: Arizona State, at 9-9 overall and 1-5 in league. (Here’s our preview story.)
Not surprisingly, that’s not the way coach Lorenzo Romar cast it at his media meeting Friday.
“We face the same challenge every year,” he said. “We play an Arizona team that is a little more uptempo and primarily a man-to-man group … versus someone who plays exclusively all zone, and not just a regular zone but a very difficult …
The way Steve Sarkisian said he kept his name out of other potential FBS football coaching vacancies was by ignoring them.
Maybe it’s because he knew the best job out there was the one he had at the University of Washington.
Proof of that was Sarkisian’s multi-year extension deal Friday, which will keep the 36-year-old coach in Montlake through the 2015 season.
He signed a five-year contract, but in actuality, it adds two more season to his original contact, which he signed early in 2008 after he was hired from Southern California in December of 2008 to replace former UW coach Tyrone Willingham.