The Washington Huskies lose Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon and climb to the seventh-best basketball team in the NCAA next season?
That's the projection by Jeff Goodman, senior college basketball writer for Fox online.
Here's his list, which he admits is ridiculously early.
I think he undervalues what UW lost. Can even a best-case freshman season for Gaddy be that much of an upgrade from Dentmon as an all-conference senior? Is their anything short of witchcraft that turns any frontcourt player into anything approximating Brockman?
I do think next season's Huskies will be good. I think they'll be in the upper third of the Pac-10, I think they'll wake up on Selection Sunday on the safe side of the NCAA bubble, and I could see them making a deeper NCAA tournament run than this team. (Just as I could have seen this team going one game deeper.)
But seventh nationally? I don't see that yet. Although it's a great conversation starter for April.