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May
27th

Updated APR numbers released: Huskies football team ranks 2nd in Pac-12, men’s basketball 4th

The NCAA released its most updated Academic Progress Rate numbers on Tuesday, and all University of Washington teams are again well above the threshold needed to avoid penalties.

The football team increased its 4-year rolling average to 977 (up from 967 a year ago), after posting a single-year score of 972 in 2013-14. That’s good for second in the Pac-12, behind only Stanford (987).

And the basketball team holds steady at fourth in the conference with a four-year rolling average of 984 — same as last year — which is behind the perfect scores (1000) of Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State. UW’s single-year 2013-14 score was 979.

The four-year averages of UW’s football and men’s basketball teams are well above the national average. That and more — including a more detailed explanation of APR calculations — can be found in the NCAA’s official release.

Here’s a link to the database if you’d like to explore the numbers further.

And here’s a link to scores for all of UW’s athletics teams.

And here’s how the rest of the Pac-12 fared (multi-year rates): Read more »

May
26th

USA Today: UW ranked second among public Pac-12 schools in athletic-department revenue in 2014

USA Today released its annual examination of athletic-department finances today, and the University of Washington ranked second among public Pac-12 schools and 20th nationally in total revenue in 2014 (technically, the reporting period is from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 — so, broadly, the 2013-14 academic school year).

UW reported $100,275,187 in revenue, $86,097,137 in expenses, and a 3.54 percent subsidy.

That revenue total is an increase of more than $15 million from the previous year, and that difference was largely due to an increase in ticket sales (up to $28,488,448 in 2013-14 from $19,895,534 in 2012-13) and rights/licensing fees (an increase of just less than $8 million), according to USA Today’s data. Contributions were down slightly in 2013-14. Click on Washington’s name in the overall ranking to view the breakdown. Read more »

May
22nd

Report: 4-star big man Noah Dickerson says he’ll visit Washington

The Huskies men’s basketball team might not be done adding to its 2015 recruiting class.

Noah Dickerson, a 4-star forward prospect from Montverde, Florida, who signed with the University of Florida before being granted an official release following the departure of coach Billy Donovan, told 247 Sports that he plans to visit Washington, California and Texas over the next two weeks.

That article quotes Dickerson as saying that he could help “bring the hype back to Washington,” and he also noted UW’s touted recruiting class while saying that “I think I’d be one of the missing pieces to bring it all together.” He also gushed about new Texas coach Shaka Smart, had nice things to say about California coach Cuonzo Martin — whose powerhouse 2015 recruiting class is already considered among the best in the country — and told 247 Sports he would like to commit to a school within the next three weeks so he can enroll in time for summer school.

Dickerson, listed by Scout.com as 6-foot-8, 250 pounds and rated as the No. 83 prospect in the 2015 recruiting class, would be an important addition for the Huskies. UW currently has only three players on its 2015-16 roster who are listed at 6-foot-8 or taller — incoming junior-college transfer Malik Dime (6-foot-9), and incoming freshmen Devenir Duruisseau (6-foot-9) and Marquese Chriss (6-foot-8). Matthew Atewe, a transfer from Auburn who is 6-foot-9, has also joined the UW program but must sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules. Read more »

May
16th

Men’s basketball rules committee proposes several significant changes

They still have to be approved by the NCAA playing rules oversight panel, but a series of significant college basketball rule changes were proposed on Friday by the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee — including the adoption of a 30-second shot clock, and a series of other rules intended to improve the pace of play, particularly in the game’s final minutes.

From NCAA.com (you can read the entire story here):

The committee, which met May 12-15 in Indianapolis, agreed reducing the physicality is the most critical need to encourage a more open style of play and improve the game.

The key areas the committee will focus on in the upcoming season are:

• Perimeter defense, particularly on the dribbler and strictly enforcing the directives put in the book before the 2013-14 season.
• Physicality in post play.
• Screening, particularly moving screens and requiring that the screener be stationary.
• Block/charge plays.
• Allowing greater freedom of movement for players without the ball.

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May
15th

Checking in on Robert Upshaw at NBA draft combine

Washington's Robert Upshaw in action against Oregon State in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington’s Robert Upshaw in action against Oregon State in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from former Washington Huskies center Robert Upshaw, who blocked 85 shots in 19 games last season before being dismissed from the team on Jan. 26.

But with the NBA draft combine commencing this week in Chicago, Upshaw, a possible first-round pick, has emerged as one of the draft’s more intriguing prospects. And he’s opening up some about the problems that led to his departure from Washington.

In this interview filmed by Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Upshaw talks about his path to the draft, what went wrong at UW, and what he’s done since to remedy his off-court problems. He said he’s conducted interviews with several teams already, and many of them, predictably, have asked some variation of “what happened?” in regard to his dismissal from UW (and, I would imagine, his previous dismissal from Fresno State).

Upshaw said he’s had “a lot of education around drugs and alcohol,” in addition to working out at the Peak Performance Project (P3) in Santa Barbara, California. Read more »

May
14th

Reports: JaQuori McLaughlin, once committed to Huskies, re-opens recruitment

JaQuori McLaughlin, a 4-star guard prospect from Peninsula High School, is no longer committed to the Washington Huskies and has decided to re-open his recruitment, according to several reports.

McLaughlin is a 2016 prospect who committed to UW in November. He’s listed by Scout.com as 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, and is rated as the No. 54 prospect in the 2016 recruiting class.

McLaughlin told Scout.com that he’s still considering the Huskies, but that he wants to take his time and visit more schools before making a final decision. Read more »

May
13th

Details set for Huskies’ basketball season opener vs. Texas in Shanghai

The Pac-12’s inaugural China game, between Washington and Texas, will be played at 11 a.m. on Nov. 14 in Shanghai, and will air live in the United States on ESPN at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13. The Pac-12 has also partnered with Alibaba Group Holding Limited, the online and mobile commerce company, to help support the game.

Here’s the release from the conference:

SAN FRANCISCO –The Pac-12 Conference and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA), the world’s largest online and mobile commerce company, announced today a partnership to support the upcoming historic Pac-12

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May
11th

Report: Jernard Jarreau changes mind, will transfer to Tulane

Just days after announcing that he would transfer to Oklahoma State, former Washington Huskies forward Jernard Jarreau told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he plans instead to transfer to Tulane University.

The decision isn’t surprising, since Jarreau is from New Orleans and was thought to be considering a school close to home when he announced his decision to leave Washington.

“At the end of the day, I just thought it was the best situation for me and a better fit for me,” Jarreau told the Times-Picayune. “I get a chance to redeem myself in my city and come back home and play in front of my family and friends and try to turn that program around at Tulane. I feel like they deserve it and I deserve it.” Read more »