Monday, March 5, 2012
Romar wins coach of the year; Four other Huskies honored
The Pac-12 awards were handed out today and you saw plenty of Washington Huskies on the list. Toping the list is Lorenzo Romar winning his third coach of the year award(had won in 2005 and 2009). Terrence Ross who just missed out on winning player of the year was named first-team all pac-12. Tony Wroten who also barely missed out on player of the year was also named first-team all pac-12, as well as freshman of the year and first-team all freshman team. C.J. Wilcox was named honorable mention all- pac-12 and Aziz N'Diaye was named first team all defensive team. This was a big day for coach Romar and those four Huskies as they were the regular season champions.
cross state rivals Washington State Cougars . In that game Ross was named Pac-12 player of the week as he scored 30 points on the Cougars making six three pointers and grabbed a career high 14 rebounds. That week against the Cougars and cross city rival Seattle University Ross was named player of the week averaging 21.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. Ross had a terrific season and was rewarded with a first-team all conference selection just like his teammate Tony Wroten.
Oregon State Beavers in his first conference game as a Husky scoring 26 points and grabbing nine rebounds. That week Wroten averaged 21.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.5 APG and 1.0 steals per game. Wroten was also big time against the Arizona Wildcats which featured a famous dunk over Angelo Chol. This year Wroten scored double figures in 27 out of 30 games, he also scored over 20 points in 10 games. He dished out over five assists in nine games and grabbed over five rebounds in 16 games. He recorded at least one steal in 26 of the 30 games as well. No Husky has made quite the immediate impact that Tony Wroten has made this season.
Georgia State Panthers as he named Pac-12 player of the week that initial week. Wilcox in three games averaged 19.3 PPG and 4.7 RPG. He made 3.7 three pointers that week as well. In another game which I saw in person he lit up the the Oregon Ducks drilling six three pointers off the bench. For the year Wilcox scored in double figures 19 of 27 games played. Wilcox scored more than 20 points in five games. Wilcox made at least one three pointer in 22 of 27 games. He made multiple three pointers in 18 of 27 games. Wilcox scoring off the bench especially on a team lacking three pointers was critical why Wilcox was named honorable mention all Pac-12.
Huskies 79-70 win over the Arizona Wildcats on senior day . In that game N'Diaye scored eight points but pulled down 12 rebounds while blocking four shots. For the year N'Diaye played in 28 games making 26 starts. In those 28 games he pulled down double digit rebounds in seven games. He recorded at least one block shot in 16 games. He had multiple block shots in seven games. For a big guy he also averaged 0.5 steals per game picking up a steal in 12 games including multiple steals in three games. N'Diaye really helped the Huskies in the paint this year with his rebounding and shot blocking ability. That is why the coaches rewarded N'Diaye with a first-team all pac-12 selection on the defensive team.
Overall, this was a good day for the Pac-12 regular season champions the Huskies saw their coach honored and four players honored. You can't win every award and maybe this snub will spark a fire under Ross. I know two years ago Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas outplayed Jerome Randle in that championship game. Hopefully that will happen again as Ross and Wroten have something to prove to the rest of the coaches. Those four players honored today weren't part of the sweet 16 roster from two years ago. That is how much turnover has taken place for the Huskies the last two years due to graduation and Thomas leaving early. Romar has kept the program moving along without missing a beat. This is a good day for the Huskies and hopefully on Saturday night this week will have improved even more.