Feb. 8, 2007
Early in the first half Jon Brockman went to the free throw for a pair a shots, the first of which he missed everything, but the foam padding beneath the glass. The second shot wasn't too much better as it was far to the left of the hoop.
"Actually, they opened the window and the wind came through," Brockman said about his badly missed shot. "That's what happened on that one."
Yet in the rest of the game Brockman did something that his coach thinks is the most special thing about his sophomore from Snohomish, Wash.
Brockman was an animal on the boards for 40 minutes Thursday, equaling a career-high with 14 rebounds, as Washington held off California 79-71 Thursday night at Bank of America Arena.
In the first five minutes Brockman grabbed all five Husky rebounds and he matched his career high in less than 30 minutes. He took the ball of the rim, from opponents and a few times he even pushed his own teammates out of the way in order to snatch up a board.
"Rebounding is one of the things I really enjoy doing," Brockman said. "When I don't do that well I feel like it affects the game."
Said fellow sophomore Justin Dentmon: "Coach told him before the game that these guys couldn't guard us in the post and Jon showed that."
His affect on the game was all positive as he added 22 points to his numbers, giving him his 10th double-double of the season. In the last five games he has led the team in scoring with 17.2 ppg. Washington has won four of those games.
Of his 22 points, two came on a fastbreak, game-capping dunk with less than 10 seconds remaining, and two more came as he was falling down and being blocked and fouled in the second half. The replay showed on the video screen several times to wild cheering.
Not only had he ignited the crowd, but he picked his team up and carried them to another win.
"There's a good chance that he could be the best leader I've ever been around," Romar said. "He never stops leading. You can't ever have a bad day as a leader. He never has a bad day. He is genuine."