UW Huskies (8-5, 0-0) vs Arizona State (11-2, 0-0)
The Huskies open Pac-12 play at Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 2 (5 p.m./ESPNU)
The Huskies open up Pac-12 play on the road in Arizona. UW will face Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU with Beth Mowins and Jon Crispin on the call. For the Washington IMG Radio Network, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call the action. UW owns a 40-36 record over the Sun Devils and are 20-5 under coach Romar, including seven-straight. UW is 7-4 in Pac-12 openers under Romar and have won five straight.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 245-133 (.648) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 338-221 (.605) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.
• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 77.4 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through 13 games and currently ranks third in the NCAA ... the Huskies have shot under 75 percent from the line just four times this season
•The Huskies open Pac-12 play on the road for the third time in the last four seasons ... additionally, they are one of four Pac-12 schools to play four of their first six league contests on the road (WSU, Oregon, California).
• Just four of the Huskies’ 12 active players have seen action in Pac-12 conference games (Wilcox, Andrews, Kemp, Jr., Simmons)
• Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with at least four guys reaching double figures in nine of 13 games ... additionally, five guys have reached double-figures four times this season ... this happened just four times in all of 2012-13 and twice in 2011-12.
• Sophomore Andrew Andrews is averaging 15.0 points over the last three outings, while shooting 84.0 percent from the FT line
• Junior Desmond Simmons saw his first action of the season against No. 10 UConn since he underwent knee surgery on Nov. 7 ... he’s been the sixth man off the bench in the Huskies last two outings.
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss’ asst-to-TO ratio of 1.5 (57 ast/37 TO) is the second best by a league frosh
• Over the last 10 games, including nine starts, junior transfer Mike Anderson (6-4/6-10 3/4 wingspan) is shooting 59,5 percent from the field (25-of-42), 50.0 percent from 3-point range (5-of-10) and 77.1 percent from the FT line (27-of-35).
• Senior C.J. Wilcox is quickly moving up the UW record book as he is now eighth all-time in scoring with 1,559 points, ... he also set the UW school record for 3-pointers made after nailing three against LBSU passing Ryan Appleby’s record of 231 (2006-08)... he’s now at 250 career 3-pointers made
• Senior C.J. Wilcox is currently tied for 10th in the Pac-12 for career 3-point FGs made (250), tied with ASU’s Eddie House (1997-2000)
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss, who is averaging 4.4 assists per game through 13 outings, is on pace to break the UW freshman school assists record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 2012) ... currently has 52 assists
• Wilcox is the first player since Scott Suggs in 2012 to connect on five or more from 3-point range as he went 6-of-7 against Boston College ... his 85.7 shooting from long distance is the second-best single-game percentage in UW history.
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss was one of four freshmen nationally selected to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List and one of seven selected overall from the Pac-12.
UW vs. Hartford Notes (Dec. 29)
-Starting Lineup: Nigel Williams-Goss, Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox, Mike Anderson, Perris Blackwell
-UW had a season-low seven turnovers after averaging 14.8 over the last six outings
-The Huskies assisted on 12 of their 20 baskets
-The Huskies held Hartford without a FG from 14:07 to 5:40 in the first half
-The Huskies had at least four players reach double figures for the ninth game this season
-The Huskies shot over 75 percent from the FT line for the ninth time this season
- Senior C.J. Wilcox posted his 15th-straight 15+scoring effort of the season with 23 points
-Junior Desmond Simmons tied a career-high with seven FTs made while junior Andrew Andrews set career highs from the charity stripe with an 11-of-13 mark.
- Sophomore Andrew Andrews posted his second-straight double-digit scoring effort with 19 points
- Junior Mike Anderson had a career-best five assists
- Junior Desmond Simmons scored a season-high 11 points, his most since Dec. 13, 2012 (13 v. Seattle U).
Free Throws Count
With the new rules changes for the 2013-14 season, the Huskies knew shooting well from the FT line was going to have an impact on a lot of game outcomes, which was very true against EWU. The Huskies went 31-of-34 against the Eagles, including a 21-of-23 mark during the second half as UW retook the lead for the win. Through 13 outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 and third in the NCAA in FT percentage, shooting 77.4 from the charity stripe.
1,500 Point Club
With his 15 points against Tulane (Dec. 17), senior C.J. Wilcox became the 11th UW player in program history to reach 1,500 points. He now stands at 1,559 career points, which is eighth all-time at UW. Additionally, he has passed the likes of Brandon Roy (1,477), Detlef Schrempf (1,449), Justin Dentmon (1,425), Paul Fortier (1,326) ,Nate Robinson (1,283) and Will Conroy (1,113) during his time at UW.
Romar Producing Scorers
Since head coach Lorenzo Romar arrived in 2002-03, he’s helped produce 10 1,000 point scorers for the Huskies, including C.J. Wilcox, joining Marv Harshman as the only UW coaches with 10 in the 1K point club. Additionally, after Wilcox posted his 1,500th point against Tulane, he became the fourth 1,500 point scorer under Romar, also tying Harshman as the only UW coaches to produce such prolific scorers. Four of the top 10 scorers in UW history have been coached by Romar.
Huskies in the Pac-12
Stat Player Rank
Scoring C.J. Wilcox 2nd (20.5)
Andrew Andrews T20th (13.1)
Nigel Williams-Goss T23rd (12.6)
Off. Rebounds Perris Blackwell 1st (3.3)
Minutes C.J. Wilcox 1st (35.8)
FT% C.J. Wilcox 2nd (89.4)
Darin Johnson 4th (87.5)
3FG Made C.J. Wilcox 2nd (3.0)
Rebounding Perris Blackwell 13th (7.3)
Mike Anderson T17th (7.0)
Blocks Perris Blackwell 13th (1.2)
Assists Nigel Williams-Goss T7th (4.4)
Steals Nigel Williams-Goss 12th (1.4)
FG% Perris Blackwell 12th (56.7)
A/TO Ratio Nigel Williams-Goss T12th (1.5)
The Huskies had two players record double-doubles (Perris Blackwell/C.J. Wilcox) for the first time since Dec. 13, 2012 (v. Seattle U; Desmond Simmons/Aziz N’Diaye)
Dishing It Out
The Huskies have assisted 100 of their 183 baskets over the last eight games (55.3 percent). Additionally, the Huskies have posted double-digit assists in each of their last eight games.
The Wilcox File
-Senior C.J. Wilcox is currently eighth all-time in scoring at UW with 1,559 points, passing the likes of Brandon Roy, Justin Dentmon, Detlef Schrempf and more.
-Wilcox holds the UW school record for 3-point FGs made at 250, which is also tied for 10th in Pac-12 history
-Wilcox is the 11th player in UW history to record over 1,500 points
-Wilcox has scored at least 15 points in every game this season, averaging a team-best 20.5 ppg ... he’s also recorded 20 points in 28 career games, including six times this season
-Wilcox is 29th nationally with 20.5 points per game
-Wilcox currently leads all Pac-12 players with 1,559 career points and 250 career 3-point FGs
-Wilcox is currently second in the Pac-12 in scoring, second in FT percentage, second in 3FG made and first in minutes
-In comparison to the 50 Wooden Award candidates, Wilcox would rank fourth in scoring, 18th in assists and 31st in rebounding
Wilcox’s #s Up on All Accounts
Senior standout C.J. Wilcox continues to improve his game and even though it’s early in the 2013-14 season his numbers are already better than each of his three previous seasons:
13-14 12-13 11-12 10-11
Points 20.5 16.8 14.2 8.1
Rebs 4.2 4.3 3.4 2.1
FG% .447 .419 .437 .419
FT% .894 .816 .830 .806
Wilcox Climbing Career Charts
With just one season left suiting up in purple and gold, senior C.J. Wilcox won’t be forgotten as his name is etched in the Husky record books in many categories. Most recently he set the UW school record 3FG made after scoring three against LBSU (Nov. 30) to give him 233, passing Ryan Appleby’s old mark of 231 (2006-08). He’s currently at 250 3-pointers made. Additionally, he is currently eighth in scoring all-time with 1,559 points.
Wilcox Getting to the Line
Senior C.J. Wilcox has put a big emphasis on improving his game this season and part of that has been getting to the FT line more. So far through 13 games, Wilcox is averaging 5.1 FT attempts per outing, compared to 3.4 in 2012-13, 2.8 in 2011-12 and 0.9 in 2010-11. Overall, he’s shooting 89.4 percent from the charity stripe going 59-of-66.
Wilcox FTs in Last 5 Minutes
Senior C.J. Wilcox doesn’t break under pressure when sent to the line in the last five minutes of a game, as he is shooting 94.7 percent (18-of-19) during that span over the first 13 games of the season.
Wilcox Putting up #s
C.J. Wilcox’s scoring production has been at a high level this year as he currently leads the team with 20.5 points per outing and hasn’t scored less than 15 points in a game yet this season. Additionally, during a three-game span (Indiana-Montana), Wilcox put up 82 points, which is the most in three-straight games by a Husky since 2010 when Quincy Pondexter scored 86 against Arizona (2/4/10), WSU (1/30/10) and Seattle (1/26/10).
The Huskies have had to adjust their offensive scheme with the loss of Jernard Jarreau (ACL, out for season) and Desmond Simmons (out until mid-to-late December). Because of that coach Romar has switched to a smaller starting lineup that features four players 6-5 or shorter. Junior transfer Mike Anderson has been starting at the four position and despite his 6-4 stature, boasts a 6-10 3/4 wingspan to help the Huskies inside.
This year’s first year players for the Huskies have certainly made an impact through the initial 13 contests. Transfers Perris Blackwell, Mike Anderson and Gilles Dierickx along with freshmen Nigel Williams-Goss ,Jahmel Taylor, Darin Johnson have all contributed early. Combined the six have accounted for 51.2 percent of the Huskies scoring and 58.6 percent of their rebounding. Williams-Goss, Blackwell, Johnson and Anderson are four of the team’s top six scorers while Anderson and Blackwell are the team’s top two rebounders.
After missing the first 10 games of the season due to orthoscopic knee surgery on Nov. 7, junior Desmond Simmons made his first appearance of the 2013-14 season against No. 10 UConn (Dec. 22). He saw action in 12 minutes and racked up five points. He’s since been the sixth man off the bench in the Huskies’ last two games.
Solid, Consistent Andrews
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Andrews has been proven to be a consistent, solid player for the Huskies through 13 games. Despite not getting the majority of the attention, he’s upped his scoring average to 13.1 points per game (up from 7.8 a year ago) and is averaging 4.3 rebounds per game (up from 3.0 last season). Additionally, he is shooting 37.4 percent from the field and has reached double-figures nine times this season. Here’s a look at Andrews’ numbers during his two years as a Husky,
Points 13.1 7.8
Rebs 4.3 3.0
FG% .374 .363
3FG% .333 .270
FT% .781 .733
FGA/gm 10.1 6.6
Kemp. Jr., Diagnosed with Graves’
Junior forward Shawn Kemp, Jr., has been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. Kemp, Jr., began to develop symptoms in late July before being officially diagnosed in early September. He will continue to play and UW medical staff do not expect the disease to continue to affect his on-court performance once his treatment plan, which he began after his diagnosis, is in full effect.
Scoring is Up
The Huskies haven’t had a problem finding the basket this season as their scoring average of 80.6 is their highest through 13 games since the 2011-12 season. Additionally, UW has four players averaging double figures (Wilcox, Andrews, Williams-Goss, and Blackwell).
Williams-Goss Dishing it Out
Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss currently leads the team with 57 assists through the first 13 outings, which is the second-best number by a Pac-12 freshman this season. Additionally, NWG has turned the ball over just 37 times for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5, which is tied for 15th overall in the Pac-12 and is the second-best by a league freshman. With a 4.4 assist per game average, Williams-Goss is on pace to break the UW freshman record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 2012).
Senior transfer Perris Blackwell is making the most out of his final collegiate season (and first with the Huskies) as he is averaging almost a double-double with 12.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg. The University of San Francisco transfer is picking up where he left off after sitting out the 2012-13 season. As a junior at USF, Blackwell averaged 12.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg en route to earning All-West Coast Conference honorable mention. Most recently, he posted his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 27).
Junior transfer Mike Anderson is currently third on the team in FG percentage (30-of-57, 52.6 percent) and second in 3FG percentage (6-of-14, 42.9 percent) while also shooting 75.4 percent from the free throw line (43-of-57). Against Indiana (Nov. 21), Anderson was perfect from the field for 11 points (3-of-3 FG, 1-of-1 3FG, 4-of-4 FT) in 27 minutes while also adding four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Over the last nine games, he’s shooting 59.5 percent from the field (25-of-42), 50.0 percent from 3-point range (5-of-10) and 77.1 percent from the FT line (27-of-35).
Anderson the Rebounder
Junior transfer Mike Anderson has made a big impact on the boards in his first 13 games as a Husky, as he has led the team in rebounding in six of the 13 contests and is currently second with an average of 7.1 per game. Leading the team in that category is nothing new for Anderson, as he averaged 10 boards during the 2012-13 season at Moberly Area CC (Mo.).
Strong Fall Season For UW Athletics
Fall success has been prevalent across the board for the Huskies as the football team defeated BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl, 31-17, to finish with their most wins in a season since 2000.
-The women’s volleyball team made the Final Four as a No. 3 seed and junior Krista Vansant earned the AVCA National Player of the Year Award becoming the first Husky to win the award. She was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Year
-The men’s soccer team advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time in program history and won the Pac-12 title ... junior Taylor Peay was named a first-team All-American
-Aaron Nelson finished 20th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the best finish by a Husky since 1998, en route to earning All-America honors
Huskies Are NBA Ready
UW has developed a reputation for sending players to the NBA during Lorenzo Romar’s first 11 seasons as head coach. In 2011-12, UW was the only Pac-12 school with multiple players selected and for the first time ever saw two players selected in the 1st round (Terence Ross, eighth to Toronto and Tony Wroten 25th to Memphis). A total of six Huskies have been selected as first round picks under Romar’s tenure to equal UCLA for the most among Pac-12 schools. Six Huskies were on NBA rosters at the start of the year: Spencer Hawes (76ers), Quincy Pondexter (Memphis), Nate Robinson (Denver), Terrence Ross (Toronto), Isaiah Thomas (Kings) and Tony Wroten (76ers).
The Huskies have unfortunately been hit with a few injuries early in the 2013-14 season. Sophomore Jernard Jarreau will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season after suffering an ACL tear in his right knee during the second minute of the season-opener against Seattle U (Nov. 10). Additionally, junior Desmond Simmons missed the first 10 games following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Nov. 7. Senior transfer Perris Blackwell missed the season-opener with a concussion suffered during the exhibition game against CWU on Nov. 6 but returned against UC-Irvine (Nov. 14).
Learning The Rules Changes
To help the team adjust to the new rule changes, coach Lorenzo Romar brought in referees for the majority of the preseason practices, including Pac-12 refs for two intersquad scrimmages. If a player didn’t understand why a foul was called, they were able to get a full explanation from the refs, helping them better understand how to adjust to the new rules.
While it may seem that the Huskies don’t return much from 2012-13, the players that are back are ones fans will remember. Senior C.J. Wilcox has seen action in 100 career games while recording 1,315 points, which ranks 21st all-time at UW. Joining him are juniors Shawn Kemp, Jr. and Desmond Simmons, along with sophomores Andrew Andrews and Jernard Jarreau. Overall, UW’s returners accounted for 54 percent of last year’s scoring and 50 percent of last year’s rebounding.