Nov. 2, 2005
The Washington men's basketball team opens the 2005-06 season Sunday with an exhibition game against Simon Fraser University. The Huskies are coming off one of the best seasons in school history with a 29-6 record that tied the UW single-season record for wins. They won their first Pac-10 Tournament and received their first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed. UW advanced to the Sweeet 16.
Junior guard Brandon Burmeister sat down this week and talked with GoHuskies.com.
GoHuskies.com: What are your feelings on the team this year and the upcoming season?
Brandon Burmeister: "We've got a few new faces on the team this year but a lot of the experience coming back as well. We're just trying to build on what we've done the last couple years and get as far as we can. Win the Pac-10 championship and hopefully make a run to the final four."
GoHuskies.com: What are the team's goals for the season?
BB: "Something you'd always like to do is win. Everyone would love to go undefeated and win the national championship. I don't know how realistic that is, but we're just trying to get better every day and see where that takes us. If we come out and work hard, what is going to happen is going to happen. A little bit of hard work and effort goes a long way."
GoHuskies.com: What is your impression of all the newcomers on the team and who has really stood out in practice?
BB: "Jon Brockman is a beast down low. He gets his hand on almost every single ball and he is just an amazing rebounder and so aggressive down there. Justin Dentmon has been doing a great job playing the point. He is pretty aggressive and he has actually been rebounding pretty well too. All of the guys have made improvements since the beginning. Harvey (Perry) is an amazing passer, Artem (Wallace) is very athletic and has been picking things up really quick, and (Joe) Wolfinger has made such a huge improvement since he has been here just in the last month. They are going to be a fun group to watch in the next three years."
GoHuskies.com: How do you think your role on the team will change in the absence of Trey Simmons as a primary outside shooter?
BB: "I would love to come in and take a similar role to what Trey had. We also have Ryan Appleby, who is a great shooter and can help in that role. I'm willing to do whatever coach asks me to do to help the team."
GoHuskies.com: What aspects of your game have you been focusing on during the off-season?
BB: "I'm just trying to be more aggressive, get after it on the defensive end and try not to just limit myself to being a shooter. I've been trying to get inside, mix it up a little bit, rebound, do everything with my heart and just get after it. "
GoHuskies.com: How is the team chemistry with all of the new freshmen faces out there on the court?
BB: "I think this team has bonded a lot faster than other teams. Our chemistry in the locker room and on the court is pretty amazing actually. We're just like a big happy family. It has helped that the freshmen have picked everything up on the court so easily and so quickly. It has helped us all bond and know what we're going to do. "
GoHuskies.com: Is it difficult to keep up with school during the basketball season?
BB: "Definitely, when you've got four hours of class and then you go straight to basketball. It's a struggle getting homework done, trying to prepare for practices, and making sure you're staying on top of things in the classroom and putting your maximum effort out on the court. It gets tiring at times, but you've got to love it to do it. "
GoHuskies.com: What are you majoring in?
BB: "I'm majoring in economics. There's a decent chance I'll change it again though. I've already changed it a few times. We'll see how it goes."
GoHuskies.com: Thank you for your time and good luck this season.