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Archives: June 2011


UW’s Thomas selected No. 60 and final pick in 2011 NBA draft by Sacramento Kings

University of Washington product Isaiah Thomas watched five hours and two full rounds of this year’s NBA draft, but he finally heard his name called when the Sacramento Kings selected him with the No. 60 and final pick in this year’s NBA draft.

So the Tacoma native will stay on the West Coast in his quest to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA.

And now that Thomas fell to the last pick int the draft, the question of whether he made the right decision in coming out a year early, with a year of eligibility left

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Zags and ‘Zona to meet in ‘Battle in Seattle’

This just in:

Gonzaga will take on the University of Arizona on December 17th in the State Farm Battle in Seattle.

The event will take place at KeyArena and will feature two of the most successful programs on the West Coast, both of whom won their conference titles in 2010-11. Arizona is coming off a trip to the Elite 8, nearly reaching the Final Four.

The Seattle event will be the fourth all time meeting between the teams, with Arizona winning all three of the previous contests. The two teams last faced each other Dec 14th 2008 in Phoenix,

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Pac-12 announces championship venues

This just in from the conference (some items of local note highlighted):

With the 2012 London Olympics fast approaching, the Pac-10, which officially becomes the Pac-12 on July 1, will host two of its 14 Conference Championship events in 2011-12 at U.S. Olympic Trial venues, providing student-athletes throughout the Conference an opportunity to compete on world stage locations, it was announced today.

Hayward Field at the University of Oregon will be the site for the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships May 5-6 and 12-13, while Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA will host the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships February 22-25. The venues were approved by the Pac-10 Council.

“As we enter into an Olympic year and celebrate the commitment and excellence we have in Olympic sports we thought it was important to align Pac-12 Championship events with Olympic trial locations in 2011-12,” Pac-10 Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Weiberg said. “It was an excellent opportunity for us to provide our student-athletes with the unique experience of competing in venues that will be hosting these very important events with the USOC.”

The Pac-12 will conduct 14 Conference Championship events during the 2011-12 school year, representing 16 sports – men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field and rowing. Pac-12 schools have won national championships in all 16 sports and in 27 of the 37 Division I sports the NCAA sponsors.

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Seattle U joins the WAC

Here’s the release from the Western Athletic Conference:

PARK CITY, Utah — Seattle University will join the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2012. The announcement comes following the conclusion of the Board of Directors meeting in which presidents of both the incumbent and incoming schools for 2012 met to address several issues important to the present and future of the WAC.

With Seattle’s addition, the WAC will consist of nine full-time members for the 2012-13 season: Denver (non-football), Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Seattle (non-football), Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Utah State.

“Seattle’s tradition and history along with a strong commitment to academics, its athletics program and their facilities make the university and its top-15 media market a great fit for the WAC,” said WAC Commissioner Karl Benson. “We look forward to a beneficial and successful relationship.”
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Romar adds 6-foot-9 forward from Germany

Signing another frontcourt player was a top off-season priority for Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, and today he announced that 6-foot-9 forward Martin Breunig will join his team for the 2010-11 season.

Breunig, is from Germany, where he played in the Nachwuchs Basketball Bundesliga, averaging 14.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 2.3 assists. He also represented his country in the 2010 under-18 FIBA European Championships, averaging 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

He came to the United States in 2010 and spent the 2010-11 school year playing post-graduate basketball for St. John’s Northwest Military Academy in Delarield,

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UW, Nebraska set for 12:30 p.m. start in mid-September

As if this anticipated ‘X’ mark on the calendar was going to even smart of snapping Washington’s current streak of televised games.

The Big Ten Conference wasted no time in announcing a kickoff for one of its marquee non-conference tilts – the UW against Nebraska, set for Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m. PDT (ABC-TV/ESPN).

Set in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., this will be the third matchup between the two teams in one year – but likely the first with both teams ranked in the top 25.

The UW has a 50-game streak of games being televised live.

This one

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Thomas shines in Portland pre-draft workout

University of Washington product Isaiah Thomas performed well in his second pre-draft workout leading up to the NBA draft on June 23 in Portland on Monday.

Thomas shot the ball well and showed good decision-making skills in 3-on-3 action during the hour-long workout.

Other players on hand included fellow UW teammate Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Ohio State guard Jon Diebler, Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried, Villanova guard Corey Fisher, Georgetown guard Austin Freeman.

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