--- Hope you’ll check out the basketball feature that published in today’s newspaper, taking a look at how the Huskies managed to assemble a top-10 recruiting class despite missing the NCAA tournament in each of the past four seasons.
--- Budda Baker took some “friendly fire,” but the Huskies hope their star safety will be able to play Saturday.
--- A few stories from China, where the Huskies are taking in the sights and preparing for Friday’s men’s basketball season opener against Texas in Shanghai (and who knows, maybe a few of them participated in “Singles’ Day,” too).
--- Today marks the beginning of the early national letter of intent signing period. Five-star point guard Markelle Fultz is the only member of UW’s 2016 basketball recruiting class who is expected to sign during the early period, and according to a post on his Instagram page, he plans to sign on Friday during a ceremony at DeMatha Catholic. UW’s trip to China makes the logistics of signing day a little more complicated, but I’d expect an official announcement of Fultz’s signing by the end of the week (and there’s no reason to expect any surprises, for those who might be sweating this one out).
--- A best-case, worst-case scenario for the Texas basketball team (losing to UW would probably fall under the worst-case category).
--- Gonzaga is also heading overseas for its season opener. The Bulldogs will play against Pittsburgh on Friday in Okinawa, Japan. And UW and Gonzaga will play each other on Nov. 23 in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Those will be some well-traveled players.
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