The News Tribune offers our preseason college basketball preview today. And while the best way to enjoy it is to settle down with the actual paper -- I really recommed you purchase three or four before the season opens Satuday -- we also have most of the highlights at thenewstribune.com.
Those highlights include a double-barrel look at Isaiah Thomas (one looking back to Curtis, the other ahead to UW),plus in-depth coverage of UW, WSU, Gonzaga, Eastern and Seattle U.
Here's my bottom line on Washington, just two days from the start of the season:
The Huskies are confident they have a Pac-10 player-of-the-year candidate in Brockman, and they hope they have a freshman-of-the-year candidate in Thomas.
Beyond that, the course of the season may turn on how well the other returning veterans mesh with the promising newcomers.
The NCAA tournament scenario includes marked improvement from the long-promising Dentmon and Pondexter, continued growth from sophomores Overton and Bryan-Amaning, and reasonable contributions from the newcomers and returning role players.
The disappointment scenario includes ongoing free throw problems, not enough outside shooting to keep defenses from packing it in on Brockman, and the kind of rushed shot-selection and inconsistent defense the Huskies showed in their exhibition game.