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June
25th

Ex-Husky Robert Upshaw goes undrafted

Robert Upshaw’s dismissal from the University of Washington men’s basketball program might have cost him more than most analysts projected.

The talented but troubled 7-footer was not selected during Thursday’s NBA draft in New Jersey.

That rates as somewhat of a surprise, considering many mock drafts still included Upshaw’s name – mostly in the second round – in the week leading up to the draft, and though he was dismissed from two college programs in the past three years, his size and talent as a shot-blocker seemed too tantalizing for all 30 teams to pass up.

But all 60 picks – which included 10 centers – passed without Upshaw’s name being called. His off-court troubles – which he admitted recently included drug abuse – might have contributed to such a precipitous fall, though Upshaw was also reportedly flagged for a heart issue earlier this month at the NBA draft combine and had to suspend his training for a time because of it.

His agent, Bill Duffy, told DraftExpress.com that Upshaw was already aware of the condition and that doctors had cleared him to play with it in the past, but it’s possible that it caused some teams to stay away. Read more »

June
24th

Looking at Robert Upshaw’s projected status on eve of NBA draft

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)

There was a time early in the 2014-15 season when it seemed former Washington Huskies center Robert Upshaw had a chance to hear his name called in the first round of the NBA draft, which commences 4 p.m. Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (ESPN).

And while that’s still considered possible, many projections have Upshaw, the 7-footer who set UW’s single-season blocks record in just 19 games, somewhere in the second round, where he’s viewed as a “boom or bust” prospect.

That seems to be somewhat of a consensus — that Upshaw’s talent as a shot-blocking defensive star earns him consideration as a first-rounder, but that his troubled past, including dismissals from both Fresno State and Washington, might make teams a little nervous about investing in him with a guaranteed contract. He’s since opened up about battling drug addiction, which he speaks about in some depth in this Fox Sports story. An excerpt: Read more »

June
5th

Huskies men’s basketball team officially adds 4-star prospect Noah Dickerson

Noah Dickerson announced his commitment to the Washington Huskies during his official visit to the campus on Thursday, and the school made it official a few minutes ago: Dickerson, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward prospect from Atlanta, has signed financial-aid paperwork and will join the program this summer with the rest of UW’s now eight-player incoming class.

“We’re ecstatic to have Noah Dickerson join our program,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school. “He is a forward that can score on the block, step outside and knock the shot down. He is very versatile and has a great knack for offensive rebounding, just has a nose for the ball. He’s a much needed addition to round out our roster, especially for our front line.”

Dickerson originally signed with Florida — he had offers from several SEC schools, among others — but was granted a release from his letter of intent after Gators coach Billy Donovan left to coach the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He joins an incoming class that includes freshmen Dejounte Murray, David Crisp, Matisse Thybulle, Marquese Chriss, Dominic Green and Devenir Duruisseau, junior-college transfer Malik Dime and Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe, who must sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules.

Dickerson is UW’s fifth top-100 recruit (per Scout.com) to sign in the 2015 class. That’s more than any other school in the country.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to play at the University of Washington,” Dickerson said in a statement. “Coach Romar is a great coach and a great man which is a big thing for me and my family. I came up here last year and fell in love with the city and the school. I can’t wait to be a part of bringing something special back to the Washington program.” Read more »

June
4th

4-star forward prospect Noah Dickerson commits to Huskies

The Huskies men’s basketball team received yet another commitment for its 2015 recruiting class.

Noah Dickerson, a 4-star power forward prospect from Atlanta who originally signed with the University of Florida before backing out following coach Billy Donavan’s departure to the NBA, announced via Twitter that he plans to play for the Huskies next season.

Dickerson is currently in Seattle taking an official visit. He had also scheduled a visit to California for Saturday, but is no longer taking that trip.

He should be an immediate contributor in a Huskies frontcourt that became perilously thin with the transfer of Jernard Jarreau and the graduation of Shawn Kemp Jr. Read more »

June
4th

Will Conroy hired as newest Huskies men’s basketball assistant coach

Former UW guard Will Conroy, shown here in 2012 playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, will join the Huskies' coaching staff as an assistant.. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Former UW guard Will Conroy, shown here in 2012 playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, will join the Huskies’ coaching staff as an assistant.. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

SEATTLE – Washington’s all-time assists leader is joining the Huskies’ staff as an assistant coach.

The school announced Thursday that Will Conroy, the former Garfield High School star who played point guard at UW from 2001-05 and helped lead the Huskies to the first two NCAA tournament appearances of coach Lorenzo Romar’s tenure, has been hired as the team’s newest assistant.

He joins a staff that also includes assistants Raphael Chillious and Brad Jackson. Conroy replaces T.J. Otzelberger, who spent the past two seasons at UW before accepting an assistant job at Iowa State, where he worked from 2006-13.

“I am so excited to return to the University of Washington men’s basketball program,” Conroy said in a statement released by the school. “There is no other place that I would rather be to help student-athletes develop as both players and people on and off the court. I am fired up to be a part of putting Husky basketball back on the national scene, especially with local players and the level of talent we have coming in.”

It’s a bit of a professional coup for Conroy, who spent one season as a scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves but has never been a coach. Following his senior season at UW in 2005 – in which the Huskies earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney and advanced to the Sweet 16 – Conroy bounced around the NBA and the developmental league, spending time with the Memphis Grizzles, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Timberwolves. He also played overseas in Italy, China, Turkey and, most recently, Germany. Read more »

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 »