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Feb. 12, 2001

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Thurs., Feb. 15 --
UW vs. Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST

Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

Sat., Feb. 17 --
UW vs. Oregon, 5:00 p.m. PST
(Fox Sports Net)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (9-14, 3-8) entertain their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon this week, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 15 against Oregon State (8-15, 2-9). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Beavers won the last three meetings against Washington. The game features a clash between Washington coach Bob Bender and one of his former assistant coaches, Ritchie McKay who is in his first season as head coach of the Beavers. McKay was a Husky assistant in Bender's first two years, the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. This is only the third time Bender has squared off with a former assistant, the first time was when McKay brought his Portland State team to Seattle on Nov. 30, 1996 and lost to Bender's Huskies 83-70. McKay's squad won this season's first meeting 63-56 on Jan. 20 in Corvallis. Last year Oregon State handily swept the season series from UW for the first time since 1992, winning by 17 points in Seattle (74-57) and 24 in Corvallis (71-47). On Saturday, Feb. 17 the Huskies host Oregon (12-9, 3-8). Tip-off is 5 p.m. for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Washington won a 72-71 overtime decision over the Ducks on Jan. 18 in Eugene.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Saturday's game against Oregon will be televised live on Fox Sports Net at 5 p.m. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/

Notable:
The Huskies have won 750 games in Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion, the most victories of any NCAA school in its current arena ... Will Perkins is tied for the Pac-10 lead with eight double-doubles. No UW player registered a double-double last season ... The Huskies have a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points and are 3-0 in overtime contests this season ... Freshman point guard Curtis Allen registered double-figure points in the last three and five of his last seven games ... The Huskies surrendered only one 3-pointer last week, limiting Arizona (1-14) and Arizona State (0-6) to a combined 1-for-20 on treys. UW leads the Pac-10 in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 28.9-percent from beyond the arc. Last year, UW ranked ninth in the conference when foes shot 36% on treys ... Washington limited non-conference foes to 67.9 points per game, but Pac-10 opponents are averaging 80.0 ... The Huskies shot 50 percent from the field only once in their last 16 games, a 52-percent effort (31-60) against WSU (Feb. 3). The previous 50-percent effort was at Florida International on Dec. 16 ... The Huskies implemented 11 different starting lineups, including 10 during the last 18 games. Ten of UW's 12 active players started at least once and no Husky has started every game.

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (9-14, 3-8 in Pac-10)

Pos.-No. Name           Hgt. Wgt. Yr.  Hometown     Points  Rebs.

F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 12.7 7.5
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.4 4.9
C - 50 David Dixon 6-11 300 Jr. Houston, Texas 4.3 3.1
G - 20 Curtis Allen 6-0 160 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 6.4 1.9
G - 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 7.9 3.0

Fabulous Frosh:
The Washington roster features a pair of freshmen guards from Tacoma, Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). They are the first UW scholarship players in 21 years from Tacoma, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards have raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Allen ranks third on the team in scoring during conference games (8.4 ppg) and Massingale is fourth (7.9 ppg). Massingale leads the team in 3-point shooting against Pac-10 opponents with 10 treys on 48-percent shooting (10-21). He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 total points in 10 non-conference games and erupted for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against ASU on March 2, 1995. Massingale drew three starts while Allen started five games. Allen hit a pair of spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and winning the game at 0:06 with the second. Allen tallied double-figure points in five of the last seven games, including a career-high 18 against Washington State (Feb. 3). Allen is averaging 13.5 points as a starter in the last four games after a 4.9-point average in the first 19 games.

Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Probable- Greg Clark, Sprained right ankle in the second half vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed four games. Hasn't practiced, but played in each of the last seven games.

o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition opener with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.

The Oregon State Series:
> Washington has a 138-130 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.

> Oregon State won the last three meetings, including a 63-56 win earlier this season in Corvallis on Jan. 20. The Beavers swept the season series last year for the first time since 1992, winning 74-57 at KeyArena in Seattle and 71-47 in Corvallis.

> The Huskies have a 93-37 advantage over OSU during games played in Seattle, including victories in six of the Beavers' last seven visits.

> First-year Oregon State Coach Ritchie McKay is the only former assistant to coach against Bob Bender. He has a 1-1 all-time record against Washington. McKay's Portland State team lost to the Huskies 83-70 on Nov. 30, 1996 in Seattle.

> McKay was a graduate assistant coach at Washington during the 1988-89 season under Andy Russo and returned to serve as an assistant during Bender's first two years at UW, the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. McKay left Washington to become the head coach at Portland State. He then went to Colorado State before his arrival at Oregon State.

> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 10-5 record against OSU and is 1-1 against McKay.

> Along with Ritchie McKay, the Oregon State basketball staff also includes a pair of former Husky players in assistant coach Scott Didrickson (1992-95) and director of basketball operations Jason Tyrus (1993-94).

The Last Meeting:
Oregon State 63, UW 56 (Jan. 20, 2001, Corvallis, Ore.)
- Jimmie Haywood scored a career-high 16 points to lead four double-figure scorers for Oregon State which defeated Washington 63-56 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (8-9, 2-3) were led by first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former assistant under Bob Bender at UW. Oregon State extended a 34-32 halftime margin to as many as 10 points before Washington (8-10, 2-4) tied the score 48-48 on a C.J. Massingale layup with 6:58 left in the game. The Beavers reclaimed the lead for good with eight unanswered points, including four by Deaundra Tanner who finished with 11. The Huskies, who missed nine shots during the OSU run, drew within 60-56 on a 3-pointer by Michael Johnson with 0:31 left. The Beavers hit 3-of-4 free throws inside the final 25 seconds to preserve the victory. Emonte Jernigan tallied 12 points for OSU and Jason Heide added 10. Reserve Greg Clark scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half for the Huskies who also got 12 from Will Perkins. Washington did not attempt a free throw in the second half and was outscored 15-5 from the charity stripe for the game.

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered eight double-doubles to tie Arizona State's Awvee Storey and Stanford's Jason Collins for the Pac-10 lead. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10), Arizona State (13/10), Arizona (21/13) and Stanford (12/11). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounds (7.5 rpg), ranking 11th and fourth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 50 percent (113-228). He led UW last year in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).

Shuffling Starters:
Washington has implemented 11 different starting lineups this season with 10 of the team's 12 active players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized 10 different rotations in the last 18 outings due to a rash of injuries. No UW player has started every game this season.

Shoot to Win:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has an 8-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-13 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting over 10 percent better from the field in their victories and nearly 12 percent better from 3-point range. UW shot 52 percent (31-60) against Washington State on Feb. 3, the first time above 50 percent in 14 games dating to a 55-percent outing at Florida International on Deb. 16.

Last UW Game:
Arizona State 89, UW 57 (Feb. 10, 2001, Tempe, Ariz.) - Reserve forward Tommy Smith scored a career-high 24 points and tied a Pac-10 accuracy record by making all 11 of his shots from the field in Arizona State's 89-57 triumph over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. It was the worst loss of the season for the Huskies (9-14, 3-8) who converted just 9-of-27 free throw attempts. Smith matched the record of UCLA's Marques Johnson who made 11 field goals without a miss against California in 1976. Smith scored 10 points to ignite a 19-2 ASU run during which Washington went without a field goal for 6:48. The surge sent the Sun Devils to a 25-9 lead en route to a 45-31 halftime advantage. The final 32-point margin was the largest of the game as Arizona State tallied the game's final 10 points. The Sun Devils (11-11, 3-8) shot 61 percent from the field and outrebounded UW 45-25. Alton Mason scored 20 points for ASU which also got 13 from Chad Prewitt and 11 from Donnell Knight. Michael Johnson and Curtis Allen paced the Huskies with 14 points apiece.

The Season So Far:
In their last outing, the Huskies sustained their largest loss of the season, an 89-57 setback at Arizona State (Feb. 10) ... Washington lost 82-62 to No. 11 Arizona (Feb. 8) for its 16th loss in the last 17 visits to McKale Center ... The Huskies stopped a three-game losing streak with a 78-72 win over Washington State (Feb. 3) that was the eighth win in their last nine meetings with the Cougars ... UW was swept at home by the Bay Area schools, losing 79-64 against California (Jan. 27) and 94-63 against No. 1 (Jan. 25) Stanford which tied a school record with its 18th consecutive victory ... Washington lost 63-56 at Oregon State (Jan. 20) to first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former Husky assistant coach ... The Huskies won 72-71 at Oregon (Jan. 18) on a spinning layup by Curtis Allen with 0:06 left in overtime. They won 67-58 last year, marking UW's first back-to-back wins at McArthur Court since 1981 & 1982 ... Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) ... UW snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) ... The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles, capped by an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6). They opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale ... Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record and suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since Dec. 1992. The Huskies lost 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30) following a 56-55 setback against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) ... UW clinched third-place in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 77-76 win over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson ... The Huskies lost 69-60 to No. 17 Alabama in the semifinals (Dec. 21) ... Coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington with a 67-47 first-round victory over host American (Dec. 20) ... UW began a four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket ... Former Husky Lorenzo Romar, the coach at Saint Louis, dealt his alma mater a 69-61 loss in Seattle (Dec. 5) ... Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) ... UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games ... The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Nov. 25, defeating New Mexico State 81-77 ... Washington played this year's season opener at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21) ... The Huskies won both of their exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime win at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).

Close Calls:
The Huskies have been winning their close games this season, posting a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points. Three of Washington's last four wins were overtime decisions. The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0. UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season: Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18).

Century Mark:
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 104 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.

Dixon's Line:
Junior center David Dixon excelled in his last four games as a starter, putting up some fine stat lines in recent boxscores. A Feb. 3 outing was his best as Dixon amassed a career-high 16 points against Washington State on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field. He blocked a career-high five shots, grabbed six rebounds, distributed two assists and had one steal in the victory over the Cougars. Dixon registered back-to-back double-figure scoring performances, including 12 points against California (Jan. 27). The 6-foot-11 Houston, Texas native is shooting 54 percent from the field (26-48) against Pac-10 opponents. He is averaging 8.4 points per game in his last five games as a starter, compared with a 3.2-point average in the first 18 games.

Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials "CW" to honor Williams who is in a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 750 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.

Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. "I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program," Green explains. "I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause." Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven. Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounds (4.9 rpg) and has a team-high three 20-point outings this season.

Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.

Puerto Rico Recap:
Washington completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile trip in December with a 3-1 record. UW capped the road trip in fine fashion with a 77-76 overtime triumph over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson that secured the third-place trophy in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. The Huskies defeated host American University-Puerto Rico 67-47 (Dec. 20) in the opening round before falling 69-60 to then 17th-ranked Alabama in the semifinals. Washington led the Tide for much of the game despite playing without leading scorer and rebounder Will Perkins. Thalo Green was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 17.7 points, including a then career-high 20 points in the opener.

Bender Bio:
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 104-118 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 104 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 12-year career record of 164-175. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.

Coaching Staff:
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.

The Oregon Series:
> Washington has a 171-94 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies have a 100-32 advantage against the Ducks in Seattle.

> The Huskies won this year's first meeting, a 72-71 overtime decision on Jan. 18 in Eugene.

> The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on the other's home court. Oregon claimed a 76-74 overtime decision on Jan. 20 at KeyArena while the Huskies were 67-58 victors on Feb. 19 at McArthur Court.

> Fourth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 3-4 coaching record against the UW.

> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 7-9 record against Oregon, the only Pac-10 school he met during his initial head coaching assignment at Illinois State. His inaugural Redbird squad lost 81-79 on Dec. 29, 1989.

> Bob Bender was recruited by then-Oregon head coach Dick Harter and took a recruiting visit to Eugene in 1975 while he was a high school senior. Bender signed with Indiana University.

> Husky senior forward Thalo Green was the 1996 Oregon Player of the Year from state champion South Salem High School.

The Last Meeting:
UW 72, Oregon 71 ot (Jan. 18, 2001, Eugene, Ore.)
- Curtis Allen made a spinning shot in the lane with six seconds left in overtime, lifting Washington to a 72-71 triumph over Oregon at McArthur Court. The Huskies (8-9, 2-3), who won 67-58 last year, posted back-to-back road wins at Oregon for the first time since 1981-82. Washington led by as many as 13 points in the first half en route to a 34-26 halftime margin. A 15-4 Oregon run ended with 9:09 remaining, forging the first of five second-half ties. The Ducks (10-4, 1-3) claimed their first lead at 62-61 on two Bryan Bracey free throws with 0:47 left in regulation. Bracey added another free throw at 0:18 before Allen forced overtime with a driving layup with 0:11 remaining. Bracey hit a layup at 0:50 of overtime, putting UO ahead 71-70. Thalo Green stole the ball on Oregon's next possession, setting up Allen's game-winner. Luke Ridnour made a potential winning jumper, but it was ruled to be after the buzzer by the officials. Bracey scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime for Oregon which also got 15 points from Luke Jackson and 10 from Frederick Jones. Bracey (11) and Jackson (7) combined for 18 free throws, leading a 30-15 Duck scoring advantage from the charity stripe. Thalo Green tallied a career-high 22 points for the Huskies and Allen had a career-high 12.

Husky Tickets:
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including special ticket packages. New this season is the Pepsi "Fun for Four" Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $18 and $16 while general admission seats are $6. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information.

Husky Talk:
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for "Husky Talk," a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau who does play-by-play for all UW games.

Wait 'til Next Year:
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state Player of the Year Doug Wrenn is red-shirting this season after transferring from Connecticut prior to the 2000-01 campaign. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, will be a red-shirt sophomore next season. True freshman DeMarcus Williams has battled foot (plantar fascia) and back injuries and will apply to the NCAA for a red-shirt season. The 6-9 forward from Upland (Calif.) High School played a combined five minutes in the Huskies' two exhibition games.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 8-15) from a five-man group that has been ranked among the best recruiting classes in the nation by several analysts. The signing class includes junior college standout Josh Barnard and four prominent high school recruits. Heading the list of prep players is Kentwood's Mike Jensen who was rated by Pac-West Hoops as the top power forward in the West. A trio of players from high schools in Seattle signed with the Huskies. Those three are Jeffrey Day, from state Class AAA champion Seattle Prep, Chief Sealth's Erroll Knight, one of the nation's finest scoring guards, and Anthony Washington, a rising power forward prospect from Garfield. "We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way," said Coach Bob Bender. "We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special." The Huskies do not have any remaining scholarships to offer during the spring letter of intent period that runs from April 11 through May 15.

Josh Barnard
6-6, 210, guard, Tacoma, Wash. (Bethel HS / Tacoma Community College)

Averaged 15.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists last year at Tacoma Community College ... Converted a school-record 49-percent of his shots from 3-point range ... Helped TCC to a 30-4 record and fourth-place Northwest Community College tournament finish.

Jeffrey Day
6-9, 215, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep HS)

Averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior last season for state champion Seattle Prep ... Rated as the West's No. 17 ranked power forward in the Pac-West Hoops listings.

Mike Jensen
6-8, 210, forward, Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS)

The top-ranked power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Averaged 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds last year to lead Kentwood High School to a 21-9 record and seventh-place finish at the state 4A tournament ... Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every scouting service, including a No. 66 ranking by The Sporting News.

Erroll Knight
6-6, 200, guard, Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth HS)

The No. 2-ranked shooting guard in the West by Pac-West Hoops, rated No. 59 nationally among all positions by that service ... Averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last year at Chief Sealth High School ... Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every scouting service, including a No. 71 ranking by The Sporting News.

Anthony Washington
6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)

The ninth-rated power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News ... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions ... Averaged five rebounds per game as a reserve on a senior-laden Garfield High School squad last season.

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