Oct. 22, 2009
SEATTLE -- The Washington Husky men's basketball team resumed practice on Thursday and appear to be getting closer to being back at full strength.
Venoy Overton, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Tyreese Breshers all returned to the floor after missing the past couple of days while recovering from an assortment of flu-like ailments. The only Husky still not recovered enough to participate is freshman C.J. Wilcox.
With 11 players dressed (Justin Holiday is still limited because of off-season hernia surgery), the Huskies were able to hold their most meaningful session to date.
The coaching staff put a lot of emphasis on rebounding and defensive drills during the first half of the practice. For the past couple of years, Washington has been one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, and it is easy to see why.
Players were forced to go through an assortment of drills where they were working on offensive rebounding skills. The ball would come off the backboard and they had five different scenarios of what their next move was.
It will be tough for the UW to replace Jon Brockman, but obviously the Dawgs are moving forward and preparing to make due. Fans can expect to see the Huskies as more of a rebound-by-committee group in 2009-10. If Thursday's practice is any indication, with Quincy Pondexter, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Darnell Gant, Clarence Trent and Tyreese Breshers,there shouldn't be a drastic drop off from last season on the Huskies ability to control the glass.
For the young observers out there, most of the drills the players do each day are the same skills taught at a very young age -- with the only difference being that the Huskies can finish off the drills by effortlessly dunking the ball!