UW freshman guard Isaiah Thomas knew that the Huskies' Selection Sunday gathering at the Don James Center would be on national TV, so he decided to make a little nod to his hometown by wearing a Tacoma Rainiers cap.
"It was going to be on TV," he explained. "So, I've got to rep where I'm from."
Then he adapted a line he has used last week. Before playing in Staples Center for the first time he said he would "get his Kobe on" -- that is try to play like Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
Now that he's about to play in the Rose Garden, there was this -- "I'll get my B-Roy on, now" -- a reference to former Husky/current Trail Blazer Brandon Roy.
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A few other Thomas thoughts:
On what he knows about first-round opponent Mississippi State: "I really don't know anything about them. They're a good team, they made the NCAA tournament. I heard they got a shot-blocker in the middle."
On that big shot-blocker, 6-foot-9 center/forward Jarvis Varnado, whose 165 blocks this season broke the SEC record he previously shared with Shaquille O'Neal, formerly of LSU: "I'm never scared, so I'm gonna still do what I do."
On playing in Portland: "It's kind of like home court advantage. That's like an advantage on our side. We've just got to bring it and just play hard and play our game."