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Archives: June 2012

June
29th

Big recruiting day for Husky football with seven commitments

It was expected to happen. There were rumblings that several high school athletes in Seattle for the University of Washington Rising Stars Football Camp could commit to the Huskies today. But seven? Well, that might have been a little unexpected. In a big recruiting day for head coach Steve Sarkisian and his ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi, the Huskies got seven verbal commitments from athletes, bringing their total number of commits to 15.

According to Scout.com, the Huskies got commitments from the following players …

Name Position High School Hometown Scout Rating Rivals rating ESPN rating
Demorea Stringfellow Wide Receiver Rancho Verde HS Moreno Valley, CA **** **** ****
Elijah Qualls Defensive tackle Casa Grande HS Petaluma, CA **** *** ***
Lavon Coleman Running Back Lompoc Senior HS Lompoc, CA **** *** ***
Daeshon Hall Defensive End Lancaster HS Lancaster, TX **** *** ***
Caleb Tucker Linebacker Ouachita Parrish HS Monroe, LA ** *** ***
Andrew Basham Defensive linemen Lynnwood HS Lynnwood, WA *** *** NR
Poasi Moala Offensive tackle Rancho Verde HS Moreno Valley, CA *** *** NR

With the commits, Washington moved to the 11th overall recruiting class on Scout.com, behind only USC. The Huskies rank 15th on Rivals

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June
29th

Wrapping up the NBA draft with comments from Lorenzo Romar

Here’s my story from TNT …

Here’s Bill Simmons’ draft diary which always entertaining.

The general sentiment around the NBA is that the Raptors reached/settled for Terrence Ross at No. 8

Here’s the story from the Toronto Sun about the Raptors drafting Terrence Ross with the eighth pick of the first round. Columnist Steve Simmons writes that coin toss kept the Raptors from getting the player they really wanted – Harrison Barnes.

Here’s the story from the Memphis Commercial Appeal about Tony Wroten being selected by the Grizzlies with the 25th pick. Columnist Geoff

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June
28th

Tony Wroten selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 25th pick of the first round

After much debate in the days leading up to the NBA draft about the possibility of Tony Wroten falling out of the first round, the Husky freshman guard realized his dream of being a first round draft pick. The Memphis Grizzlies selected Wroten with the 25th pick of the first round.

Wroten averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He had a freshman record 66 steals.

Wroten joins former Husky Quincy Pondexter on the Grizzlies.

 

June
28th

Terrence Ross selected by the Toronto Raptors with the eighth pick

When NBA draft experts said Terrence Ross’ draft stock was rising, they weren’t lying. The Huskies sophomore shooting guard Terrence Ross was selected by the Toronto with the eighth pick of the first round of the 2012 draft.

Here’s video of the pick

Ross, a silky 6-7 shooting guard from Portland, averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this past season for the Huskies. He was projected early in the process as a late round pick. But over the past month, his ability to shoot from the outside and his legnth

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June
28th

ESPN, Rose Bowl reach 12-year extension to televise game

From the press release …

ESPN has reached a 12-year extension with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference to continue the company’s long-standing relationship with the Rose Bowl Game, one of college football’s most popular events. The agreement, which begins in January 2015, will include rights to the annual Rose Bowl Game across ESPN’s platforms through 2026. Each year, the game will be played January 1 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT (or on January 2 in years when January 1 is a Sunday) and will feature the champions from the Big Ten

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June
27th

A few independent opinions on Ross and Wroten and the NBA Draft

I just finished up my NBA draft preview for tomorrow’s paper.  As part of the research for it, I talked with couple of people to get their opinions on Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten. So I figured I would post some of what Ryan Blake, the senior director of NBA scouting operations and son of Marty Blake, and Sam Amick, Sports Illustrated’s NBA senior writer and draft expert, had to say about Ross and Wroten.

Blake on Ross …

“He really came on at the end of the season. He had those four straight 20-plus point games. He showed

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June
26th

A few NBA draft notes … Terrence Ross invited to NYC to sit in draft “Green Room”

NBA Draft express (a site you should be reading) announced the 14 players invited to New York City to sit in the NBA draft “green room.” Obviously expected first pick Anthony Davis was invited along with Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kansas’ Thomas Robinson are going to be there. But joining them will be Washington shooting guard Terrence Ross. For him to be invited, it means there’s a pretty good chance he will be taken among the first 14 picks. Other players invited include: Syracuse’s Dion Waiters, Connecticut’s Andrew Drummond and Jeremy Lamb, UNC’s Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes and John

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June
21st

A few recruiting links

A few quick recruiting links as I’m in Mariners land for the week. So the posts may be a little sparse … as if that’s possible.

Anyway, Husky 2013 quarterback commit Troy Williams was named as a finalist of the prestigious Elite 11 camp. There’s four other Pac-12 QB commits among them.

From a few days ago Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack committed to UCLA over the Huskies

And UCLA also stole a hoops recruit from the Huskies when Bothell point guard Zach Lavine committed to the Bruins over the Huskies and

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