UW and WSU Predictions for Tonight’s Games
I haven’t done a lot of these this year, but when the going gets tough, the tough put it on the line (joke). Percy Allen at the Seattle Times picks Cal by 15 and uses sound logic in explaining himself.
The Huskies have not had what it takes on the road this year and Cal has just come home from a successful win over UCLA at Pauley. I’m taking Cal, but in another close heartbreaker like the UCLA and Texas Tech games.
The odds makers are taking Cal with around 5 points, so a friendly bet on Washington (I won’t encouraging betting) would be a good choice. I’m hoping for a Husky win and if the Dawgs use their big men well and early, share the ball, are aggressive on offense and play great defense against Jerome Randle, Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher like they did at home they could steal the win.
From what I’m getting from sources the UW players are being kept focused by the coaching staff and are ready to handle business. Unfortunately Cal is a very good team and has all of the motivation in the world going for them too, including the home crowd. I see UW being ready for this one, but just falling short in a classic similar to last year’s triple overtime heartbreaker 86-85.
As far as the Cougs, I see them getting a win at Stanford with Klay Thompson getting back on track finally and Reggie Moore having a big night against a suspect group of Cardinal guards. DeAngleo Casto will also do well against Stanford’s big men and WSU will out rebound them on their home floor.
I’m predicting WSU over Stanford tonight 81-73 as Marcus Capers does the job on Jeremy Green, much like USC was able to do last Saturday in LA. Landry Fields will get his, but Stanford needs help and I think that the Cougs can keep him from getting it.
I’m not going to get involved with any of the other Pac-10 games. Do you blame me. Let’s see how I do with these two difficult to figure contests first.
Husky Recruiting Corner
Husky 2010 forward prospect Terrence Ross, according to the Oregonian will not play hoops this season for Jefferson of Portland OR, but will instead focus on gaining college eligibility. That was the reason that he gave for going to Montrose Prep in Maryland in the 1st place, so we’ll see what actually happens. In my conversation with contacts down in Arizona at Westwind Prep, the word was that in looking at his academics for possible entrance that Ross may be close to attaining D1 eligibility and that this was not as big of a problem as some people were rumoring it to be around the internet.
According to this report from Adam Zagoria in Rivals, 2011 UW guard prospect Jabari Brown played at Oakland High in Oakland CA for a couple of games after transferring out of Findlay Prep in NV. He then had his eligibility challenged, sat out three games and was then reinstated.
Rivals list UW as being one of his favorites, but that the Dawgs have yet to offer Brown. ESPN does not list UW as one of his favorites and Scout also has Washington as a favorite with no offer yet. Jabari is a close friend of UW 2010 signee Desmond Simmons.
UW 2012 wing prospect Jordan Tebbutt from Portland OR was the subject of a blog post from Percy today. He reported that Lorenzo Romar recently attended one of Tebbutt’s games, by quoting an observer who said:
“Its not too often you see a coach of Romar’s status in attendance at a sophomore’s game, especially a sophomore at the 3A level (his school has 130 kids). That said I’d be surprised if he’s not a 5-star recruit next year. I’ve never seen a sophomore with his body and skill set.”
Seattle U Recruiting
Tacoma C.C. Head Coach Carl Howell confirmed for us by email that Chad Rasmussen did sign with the Redhawks this past November:
“Yes he signed in November during the early signing period.”
The 2010 Seattle U recruiting class will also likely include highly rated Mark McLaughlin of Kenmore WA, Freddy Wilson, formerly of Franklin High and currently of elite Westwind Prep in Arizona and two transfers from Edmonds C.C. north of Seattle in forwards Bobby Evans and Tyler Monroe.