In what appears to be a program in turmoil, the Washington Husky basketball team actually may be adding talent by subtracting it.
The school announced this morning that a second player, 6-foot-5 freshman F Clarence Trent, has decided to transfer. He is the second player to do that this month as 6-4 sophomore G Elston Turner announced his intention to transfer on April 15.
Neither of these players were huge contributors last season. Trent played in 23 games and averaged 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 5.2 minutes per game. Turner played in 66 games over two seasons, averaging 4.6 points and two rebounds per game.
Had they stayed, both would have had larger roles for the Huskies next season.
However, by leaving the Huskies now have some flexibility to add more talented players. Coach Lorenzo Romar has already taken action, attracting 7-footer Aziz N’Diaye last week. He called him the most athletic big man he has had at U-Dub.
He joins 6-7 F Desmond Simmons, who committed to the school last fall.
The Trent departure frees up yet another scholarship for the Huskies and there’s one significant plum Romar would love to have – 6-9 F Terrence Jones of Portland. Jones is listed among the top five players in the country, perhaps the best player on the West Coast and the most prominent unsigned player in the nation.
Jones has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Oklahoma, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas and Washington. He also has considered Oregon but that upheaval in that program puts his commitment there in jeopardy.
How would 6-9 Jones, 7-foot N’Diaye and 6-9 Matthew Bryan-Amaning fit under the Huskies’ basket next season? All of a sudden, they go from small to tall. They go from fringe good to a firm contender for the national title. Yes, the NCAA title.
Their only depending starter is F Quincy Pondexter. These three recruits would more than make up for his point production and rebounds. ABA wouldn’t have to carry the team inside. He could be a more comfortable role player. Then you have three excellent guards, Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton and Adbul Gaddy.
There are also a bunch of solid contributors in F Tyreese Breshers, F Darnell Gant, F Justin Holiday, G Scott Suggs and redshirt 6-5 freshman G C.J. Wilcox.
Without Jones, that’s still a collection of talent. With him, dream big.