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Huskies hoops review: The point guards

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm with 1 Comment »
March 22, 2013 1:39 pm

With the season in the books, we’ll look back and look forward, taking a look at each player on the Huskies’ hoops roster. For convenience, we’ll put the players in three groups: points guards, wings and posts. We’ll start at the point:

Abdul Gaddy's Washington career came to an end with the most points and turnovers of his career. / AP photo
Abdul Gaddy’s Washington career came to an end with his most points and turnovers in a season. / AP photo

Abdul Gaddy, graduating

Let’s start with the lightning rod of divisiveness on the team. Gaddy finished the season with his highest field-goal percentage in a full season at Washington (43.3) and by far his most turnovers (103, his previous high was 75) despite playing 116 less minutes this year than last year.

Kenpom.com is a little gentler to Gaddy’s statistical divides between last year and this year. Gaddy’s efficient field-goal percentage was 45.8 last year and 47.1 this year. For a comparison point, Louisville’s Peyton Siva is a 47.7 this year. Gaddy’s turnover rate was 24.6 and Siva’s 25.1.

The view of Gaddy is an interesting study.

The teams he played on won 92 games (23 per season on average), two Pac-10 Tournaments, a Pac-12 regular-season title, and went to the NCAA Tournament and NIT twice. Gaddy is second all-time at the school in assists. During the four years before he, and others who went on to the NBA showed up, Washington won 87 games, went to the NCAA Tournament twice (advancing to the sweet 16 and second round) and the CBI. It missed the postseason the other year.

Yet, in large part, he’s viewed as a disappointment by many fans, almost strictly because of hype he didn’t create prior to coming to college. He never ranked himself just behind John Wall, though this was the measurement he was assessed by.

Without a doubt, Washington expected more of him this season. Though he had career-highs in points, rebounds, blocks and steals, his inability to take care of the ball much of the season — what was supposed to be his greatest attribute — and late in games soured the view of his other production.

The unmeasurable is the influence of a powerful knee injury Gaddy suffered at the start of January in his sophomore year. He played 13 games that year, averaging 23.2 minutes per game, and his efficiency numbers were potent. His offensive rating on Kenpom.com was 123.7 over that start of the season. For comparison, the offensive rating for Cal’s Allen Crabbe, the conference player of the year this year, is 110.4. Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk leads the country at 125.7. South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters — remember him? — is second at 124.8 and Michigan’s Trey Burke is third at 124.3.

That trio maintained an extremely high rate of offensive efficiency for an entire season. But, the sample from Gaddy that year is large enough that to indicate he was on his way to an excellent year.

It’s also indicative that as the overall star power on the team diminished, and his workload increased, Gaddy’s numbers regressed. Trying to be the leader of an offensive style change his senior year didn’t do him any favors, either.

So, he leaves with a muddled legacy.

Andrew Andrews will play even more minutes next season. / AP photo
Andrew Andrews will play even more minutes next season. / AP photo

Andrew Andrews, redshirt sophomore

We saw flashes of talent during Andrews’ redshirt freshman season when he scored 15 points against Oregon or a season-high 20 against Arizona State. His offensive rebound was strong as was his desire to push the ball.

We also saw an attitude that was an ally and detriment.

Andrews has a high level of feistiness to him, helping him to be Washington’s best on-ball defender. He also had enough attitude that Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar almost came out of his shoes in anger twoard him during one game. Romar later said it was just part of “growing together.”

In his first seven games, before spraining his ankle, Andrews was 10-for-41 from the field, 24.4 percent. He was 64-for-163 with he came back, 39.3 percent. He shot 3-pointers poorly all year (26.7 percent). At one point, he had an 1-for-19 stretch.

Because of his frame, game and face, Andrews is often compared to Cal’s Justin Cobbs. It’s a fair comparison.

As a redshirt sophomore, after transferring from Minnesota and sitting out a year, Cobbs averaged 12.6 points and five assists. His shooting percentages were excellent. Cobbs shot 46.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from 3.

Those would be heady numbers for Andrews. He’s probably a better driver than Cobbs, who has the better midrange and 3-point game. But, even a modest rise in field-goal percentage should make Andrews a double-digit scorer next year. Five rebounds and four assists per game should also be part of the equation.

Andrews is a capable enough scorer that he can play off the ball effectively next season with incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss at the point.

Hikeem Stewart, junior

Stewart played and scored little. He averaged 0.5 points per game and shot 23.1 percent in 129 minutes.

He’s a good defender and was actually rated a 92 coming out of high school by ESPN. A year prior, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo was rated a 90.

He may move toward 10-12 minutes a game next season.

Incoming:

Nigel Williams-Goss

Williams-Goss is a five-star recruit out of basketball factory Findlay Prep. He’s ranked 20th in the ESPN 100 and has a grade of 91. The hype around the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder will be high.

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  1. purplegolddawgie8 says:

    I think that Gaddy did improved overall as a BB player. He worked hard. In the last games this season, Gaddy had developed a good floater/tear drop shot driving to the basket. This season he also popped down some good 3 pt. shots when the Huskies really needed points. He made some good lay-ups. Thanks Gaddy for all of your efforts and great heart as a huskies. I wish you a good life! :-)
    Andrews reminds me of another Isaiah Thomas–his attitude, his aggressiveness, and his no fear. I’m looking forward to watching him progress as a BB player; i’m excited to see his game in the coming years.
    Stewart loves being a Huskies BB player. He’s there to do anything that the team needs.

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