All three Tacoma players on the Washington roster made it into the Huskies’ win over New Mexico today: regulars Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy were in the starting lineup, and little used freshman Clarence Trent played the final three minutes.
“It felt good,” Trent said. “There was a lot of energy. It’s just a different level when you get to the NCAA tournament. … It’s just an honor to say that you made it to the Big Dance.”
In his brief appearance, Trent sank the only field goal he attempted and grabbed three rebounds.His call off the bench also was appreciated by his Tacoma teammates.
Thomas: “It’s always lovely to see somebody from Tacoma. It was good to see him in there and get his bucket.”
Gaddy: “It’s fun just to see all my teammates, especially Clarence, to be able to get out there and enjoy it.”
Gaddy is literally right: All the eligible Huskies got into this second-round game, including walk-on Brendan Sherrer, who got one minute of playing time to remember forever.
“That was an incredible experience,” he said. “I kind of had an idea of what it might be playing in a game. But it was nothing like that – having that many people cheering you in the NCAA’s. … It was kind of surreal after watching them on TV, growing up with it. To come in and actually play in a game, it’s crazy.”
Enjoying it almost as much was coach Lorenzo Romar.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “There are guys ahead of Clarence, but he works hard in practice every day, and in spite of not getting as many minutes as he would like, he gets an opportunity on the big stage and comes in and plays.
“Brendan was another matter: He was in the Dawg Pack cheering us on (last year when) we were in the NCAA tournament, and now he gets out there. … It’s tremendous. You can just see the joy on their faces.”