Nov. 15, 2005
SEATTLE - Jon Brockman has played a grand total of three college basketball games. He has started all three and led the team in rebounds in all three as well. He certainly seems destined to have a long, productive career ahead of him.
The true freshman out of Snohomish, Wash. was named the Most Valuable Player of the BCA Classic after leading Washington to a comeback win over a feisty Air Force team on Tuesday night. The Huskies defeated Morgan State and Wisconsin-Green Bay during the first two rounds of the tournament.
Senior Brandon Roy combined with Brockman for 48 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Huskies back from a nine-point first half deficit.
"Jon played well all three nights," Roy said. "If I had a vote I would've voted him or Bobby Jones."
Brockman dominated the tournament, averaging 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in three games. He had two double-doubles while shooting 73 percent from the field.
This kid is clearly the real deal, even if he himself isn't yet convinced.
"There is so much more that I need to learn, so much work that needs to be done," Brockman said.
However, the leader of this Husky team is excited about his freshman teammate.
"This guy is a Warrior," Roy said. "Jon is a great player and I'm just happy he's on my team."
During recruiting Brockman was rated No. 1 in the Best in the West poll and prior to this season was picked by many college basketball experts as the player who would have the greatest immediate impact on his team.
No one could have expected what he has done so far this season. On a night when Roy had to make sure his team understood that Air Force was going to beat them if they didn't pick it up, Brockman came alive. He scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Brockman is still getting used to the college game, specifically the noise that a larger college crowd can generate.
"I turned to Brandon [Roy] during a timeout and I said, `this is really loud,'" Brockman said. "I couldn't hear myself think out there."
Tuesday's attendance was far less than the capacity crowds that regularly populated 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena last season. So it's going to take some getting used before Brockman can handle sold-out Pac-10 games.
But for now all he has to worry about is where to fit the new hardware in his cramped dorm room.