Nov. 6, 2005
SEATTLE - Coach Lorenzo Romar showed off his new Huskies for the first time Sunday and they were among the best in show.
Six new players saw action for Washington, including red-shirt sophomore Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) a transfer from Florida who sat out last season. He was worth the wait, pitching in 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range.
"It is very evident that he can shoot the basketball and he has a quick release, but he really did a good job of pressuring the ball on the other end," Romar said of Appleby.
Romar said that forward Jon Brockman, "looked like he had already been playing with us this year."
Actually, Washington's 114-48 blowout win over Simon Fraser was the first game Brockman had ever played in college and the first organized basketball game he had been a part of since early March.
The rust certainly didn't show as the 6-foot-7 freshman lit up the court in his debut, scoring 18 points, grabbing three rebounds in a 19-minute, blue-collar performance.
"I was nervous at first," Brockman said. "I get nervous before every game. But then we went out there and did what we do in practice everyday. It's just what we do. We were just running up and down having a good time out there."
Brockman made his first big college play early, during a 14-4 run that put the game out of reach. Just three minutes into the game Jamaal Williams secured a steal, got the ball ahead to a streaking Brockman for a one-handed flush that ignited the Dawg Pack and sent the Huskies on a run of steals and highlight reel dunks.
"It's so much different out there than anywhere I've ever played," he said, singling out the student fan section. "I can't really describe what it's like playing out there, playing in front of the Dawg Pack."
The freshman from Snohomish, Wash. was perfect in the first half, shooting 4-of-4 with three rebounds. He teamed up with Williams for 42 points and six rebounds in the game, despite wearing a fitted mask to protect a broken nose.
Due to his status as a McDonald's All-American in last year's prep ranks, Brockman's debut was the most highly anticipated. But four other freshman performed well in their inaugural collegiate contests.
Artem Wallace (Toldeo, Wash.) registered eight points and five rebounds, Justin Dentmon (Carbondale, Ill.) had six points and four assists, Harvey Perry (North Las Vegas, Nev.) had two points and five rebounds while Joe Wolfinger (Aloha, Ore.) grabbed two rebounds.