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Washington hoops gets another verbal commitment

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm with No Comments »
March 26, 2013 1:28 pm

Washington has received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 wing Mike Anderson, who played last season at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri. Jucorecruiting.com was the first to report Anderson’s commitment.

Anderson should have two years of eligibility with Washington after having a strong sophomore year at Moberly CC. Anderson averaged 16.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg. He shot 53.4 percent from the field, 44.1 from 3, and 81.9 at the FT line. He also had 42 assists and 27 turnovers.

Moberly coach Pat Smith also said the Greyhounds play a system similar to Washington’s with a lot of transition and ball-pressure defense. Smith said Anderson “just goes and gets it” as an explanation of why he’s such a good rebounder for a guard and that he’s a good at dribble penetration.

Washington has signed letters of intent from point guard Nigel Williams-Goss and wing Darin Johnson. It also has a verbal commitment from point guard Jahmel Taylor. That leaves it with one open scholarship, if the verbal commitments are honored and C.J. Wilcox stays.

Monday, Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies would have better depth next season which would allow it to play better defense. Each of the past two years, Washington has had three players average 30 minutes or more per game. Those are the only seasons since Romar has been at Washington with three players on the floor for more than 30 minutes on average. Typically, Romar’s teams have one person playing more than 30 minutes or a maximum of two.

In 2005, when Washington went 29-6, Nate Robinson led them in minutes at 31.5  Will Conroy was the only other to play more than 30 minutes at 30.8. Seven other players played between 12 and 26 minutes.

In 2011, only Isaiah Thomas player more than 30 minutes, and he played 31.9. Washington had nine players average between 15.8 and 28.3 minutes per game.

Compare that with last season. C.J. Wilcox averaged the most minutes, 34.8, any Husky has in a single season under Romar. Abdul Gaddy played 31.4 minutes, Scott Suggs 30.8. Five other players were between 12.7 and 28.7 minutes, and all but one, Andrew Andrews, were post players.

Here’s a look at Washington’s leaders in minutes played (and those who averaged more than 30) since Romar has been here:

C.J. Wilcox — 34.8
Abdul Gaddy — 31.4
Scott Suggs — 30.8

Abdul Gaddy — 33.9
Terrence Ross — 31.1
Tony Wroten — 30.3

Isaiah Thomas — 31.9

Quincy Pondexter — 32.3
Isaiah Thomas — 31.1

Jon Brockman — 30.5

Jon Brockman — 31.5

2007Ryan Appleby — 29.6

Brandon Roy — 31.7

Nate Robinson — 31.5
Will Conroy — 30.8

Brandon Roy — 30.3

Doug Wrenn — 30.6

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