The emerging, 6-foot-10 redshirt sophomore is done for the season and now faces reconstructive knee surgery. He could petition the Pac-12 for a medical-hardship waiver to regain the lost season. UW will get Perris Blackwell back in the frontcourt Thursday at home vs. UC-Irvine (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
The sophomore suffered an ACL tear during the first half against Seattle (Nov. 10).
C.J. Wilcox scores 22 points and goes 10 for 10 at the foul line. Andrew Andrews scores a career-high 21. And UW overcomes the loss of big men Perris Blackwell (concussion) and Jernard Jarreau (knee) to beat Seattle University 88-78 to begin the season.
Lorenzo Romar faces his pal and former top assistant Cameron Dollar and Seattle University again on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. And the freshmen point guard's parents will be there to watch his long-discussed college debut.
Perris Blackwell dominates Division-II Central Washington inside with 21 points and nine rebounds. Jernard Jarreau adds 17 points, nine rebounds – and comedy – as the Huskies win their only exhibition game 95-65. Opener is Sunday night vs. Seattle U.
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New NCAA officiating standards already have referees calling fouls for just about any contact by a defensive player. The games will be choppy, maybe even interminable tests of discipline and attrition. "This," Lorenzo Romar has already told his frustrated Huskies, "is how it's going to be."
The Huskies have leading scorer C.J. Wilcox back from foot surgery and have added poised point guard Nigel Williams-Goss. Inside force Perris Blackwell gives UW a dimension it hasn't had in years.
He's one of the most accomplished, polished and mature freshmen the Huskies have ever welcomed – and I'm not even talking about basketball or him being one of the nation's top incoming point guards.
A Pac-12 officiating crew calls fouls galore during the 32-minute, game-like scrimmage – then explains this is how it's going to be when the games get real beginning for UW on Nov. 10.
The award is given annually to the nation's top point guard. Williams-Goss is one of just four freshman on the 50-person list.
They will get back to running. They will be led by a new, freshman point guard, Nigel Williams-Goss, who is poised and vocal beyond his teenage years. They will get the ball down low to Perris Blackwell. And the veterans will be motivated.