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Archives: Jan. 2012


Huskies gets another wide receiver commit: Jaydon Mickens says he’s headed to UW

The Huskies wrapped up a big recruiting day on Tuesday by getting a verbal commitment from wide receiver Jaydon Mickens out of Dorsey High.

At 5-8, 175 pounds, Mickens was an all-purpose back for the LA powerhouse.  He rushed for 378 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 558 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

He is rated as a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 11 receiver in the country. , Scout.com also rates him as a 4-star recruit and No. 45 WR in the country.

Here’s his Scout.com

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Another woof, another commit — offensive linemen Shane Brostek head to UW

The “Woof, Woof, Woof!!!” bat-signal was just tweeted from @CoachSark springing recruiting analysts and fans into a frenzied action.

The latest Husky commit?

That would be offensive linemen Shane Brostek out of the Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Brostek is a three-star recruit according to Scout.com and a two-star recruit according to Rivals.com

At 6-3, 300 pounds, he projects to be an offensive guard.

My feeling is that any time you get an offensive linemen, it’s a good thing. And you can never have enough of them.

If the name Brostek sounds familiar,

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UW hauls in Payton, a top-20 receiver

Jordan Payton, who went on national television at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month and declared his allegiance to California – has now changed his mind a here 24 hours from signing day.

Payton, out of Oaks Christian, decommitted from the Bears on Tuesday, and instead chose Washington – marking the second great haul in the past day for coach Steve Sarkisian and new star recruiting assistant Tosh Lupoi.

Late Monday night, the Huskies also got an oral commitment from safety Shaq Thompson, also an ex-Cal commit.

Payton is a big, physical

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Audio: Lorenzo Romar press conference

Full audio:

Today’s topics …

  • The health of C.J. Wilcox
  • Wilcox’s impact on the team
  • What David and Travis Wear bring to UCLA
  • UCLA’s issues
  • Dealing with bad seeds on a team – (the Reeves Nelson syndrome)
  • Aziz N’Diaye’s free throw shooting
  • UCLA playing zone.
  • Defending the ball screen
  • Tony Wroten’s help defense
  • Terrence Ross not being like Derrick McKey
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins guarding Josh Smith



Some good news: Shaq Thompson commits to UW

What started out as a difficult recruiting day for the Huskies with the Lakes offensive tackle Zach Banner choosing USC over UW, got a little better Monday evening as Shaq Thompson of Sacramento’s Grant High committed to the Huskies.

The nations No. 1 safety recruit announced his commitment via Twitter …

At 6-2, 230 pounds, Thompson is rated as a five-star prospect by Scout.com and a five-star recruit by Rivals.com. Both sites have him rated as the top safety prospect in the country. ESPN has him rated as

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Jared Cunningham named Pac-12 hoops player of the week

From the release ….

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— OREGON STATE guard Jared Cunningham has been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 23-29, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

The junior carried Oregon State from a 10-point deficit to a 76-71 win over rival Oregon in Eugene on Sunday. Cunningham posted 27 points—24 of which came in the second half—making 3-of-6 three-pointers and going 12-for-15 from the free throw line. He also added seven rebounds, three assists and a steal. In thegame, the Oakland, Calif., native became the

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Weekend wrap: Cal, Washington sit atop the Pac-12 standings

California 7-2 .778 17-5 .773 W1
Washington 7-2 .778 14-7 .667 W3
Oregon 6-3 1 .667 15-6 .714 L1
Colorado 6-3 1 .667 14-7 .667 L1
Stanford 5-4 2 .556 15-6 .714 L3
UCLA 5-4 2 .556 12-9 .571 W2
Arizona 5-4 2 .556 14-8 .636 L1
Oregon State 4-5 3 .444 14-7 .667 W3
Arizona State 3-6 4 .333 7-14 .333 W1
Washington State 3-6 4 .333 11-10 .524 L2
Utah 2-7 5 .222 5-16 .238 L2
USC 1-8 6 .111 6-16 .273 W1

I wanted to wait and wrap up the rest of the Pac-12 weekend until tonight’s games got over with. So Cal and Washington sit alone atop the standings at 7-2. I think most would agree they are the best two teams in the

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