Huskies Mike Hopkins: ” We have got some challenges”

Husky  men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins started Monday’s  media  video conference  with pleasantries and quickly dove into the subject at hand.  His 2020-2021 Basketball team.

The Huskies were the worst team in the Pac-12  last year and in need of some type of rebuild. Five players left the program during the off season. Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniel opted for the NBA draft  Senior forward  Sam Timmins  graduated. Guard  Elijah Hardy transferred to Portland State  and center  Bryan Penn-Johnson transferred to LSU. The program announced that  Senior forward Nahziah Carter has been suspended from all team activities without further detail. 


With suspensions graduations and transfers behind him Hopkins is ready to move the program forward with a new wrinkle. Push the ball up the court , use more of the space on offense and drive to the basket.

To facilitate the new wrinkle in the offense the Huskies secured the services of three  transfers at the guard position.  Juniors Nate Pryor, Erik Stevenson and sophomore Cole Bajema committed to finishing their collegiate careers at Washington. The drive to the basketball from the perimeter  has been a point of emphasis for Hopkins and staff.  The Huskies went to the free throw line just 32% of the time last year according to Hopkins. 


For the Huskies to be successful in the upcoming season they will need to get back to playing hard nosed stifling defense to close out games. The Huskies were lethargic when it came to closing our games last year and allowed teams to beat them in the perimeter according to Hopkins.

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