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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 »

May
11th

Darin Johnson transfers to Cal-State Northridge

Four players transferred from the Washington Huskies’ basketball program during the offseason. And with the announcement over the weekend that Darin Johnson has landed at Cal State-Northridge, all four have found their transfer destinations. Read more »

May
5th

Reports: Former Huskies forward Jernard Jarreau transferring to Oklahoma State

Washington's Jernard Jarreau passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stony Brook Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Seattle. Stony Brook won the game 62-57. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Washington’s Jernard Jarreau passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stony Brook Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Seattle. Stony Brook won the game 62-57. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Former Huskies forward Jernard Jarreau, who will be a fifth-year senior in 2015-16, has reportedly decided to transfer to Oklahoma State, according to GoPokes.com and the Oklahoman newspaper. UW announced Jarreau’s decision to leave on April 27.

Jarreau, a New Orleans native, will graduate from UW in June, and will therefore be immediately eligible to play this season. Read more »

May
3rd

Nigel Williams-Goss says he will transfer to Gonzaga

Washington' Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Washington’ Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Nigel Williams-Goss didn’t need to leave the state to find his fresh start.

The former Washington Huskies point guard, who announced his decision to leave the program on April 10, said on Sunday that he plans to transfer to Gonzaga.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Williams-Goss must sit out the 2015-16 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining thereafter.

As a sophomore in 2014-15, Williams-Goss led the Huskies with 15.6 points and 5.9 assists per game, en route to second-team All-Pac-12 honors. He announced in early April that he would continue his collegiate career elsewhere, telling the News Tribune at the time that “with all the change in the last two years, all the transfers that have left, Coach T.J. (Otzelberger) leaving the staff, there’s just a lot of change in the program, and I feel like I only have two years of eligibility left, and I’m just kind of looking for a fresh start.”

He hopes to find it with the Bulldogs, who advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 1999. Gonzaga and UW, which have not played each other since December 2006, are scheduled to renew their annual series during the 2016-17 season, when Williams-Goss will be eligible to play. Read more »