START IT UP: The fifth season of the Cameron Dollar era of Seattle University men’s basketball begins at one of Coach Dollar’s former employers, as the Redhawks head across town to face the Washington Huskies. Seattle U starts its second season in the Western Athletic Conference and will look to improve upon its 2012-13 record. Ironically, the last time these two teams faced each other to start a season was 35 years ago, also the last time Seattle U defeated Washington.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast all Seattle U men’s basketball games live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. The game will also be shown on Pac-12 Network across the country, with Kevin Calabro and Ernie Kent on the call.
THE RETURNERS: Seven players who saw action during the 2012-13 season are back for Seattle U this season. Senior Clarence Trent led the Redhawks in scoring at 9.8 points per game and was second in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game. Trent was behind Deshaun Sunderhaus, who pulled down 6.0 rebounds per game to go along with 9.4 points per game. D’Vonne Pickett Jr. started 19 games for the Redhawks last year, finishing with 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Jarell Flora emerged as an outside shooting threat, finishing second on the team with 26 made three-pointers as he averaged 5.9 points per game. Luiz Bidart saw action in 25 games, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, while Jack Crook contributed 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. David Trimble played in 17 games last season. In total, 55.4% of the team’s scoring and 52.7% of the team’s rebounding in 2012-13 is back.
THE NOT-SO-NEWCOMERS: Three players who sat out the 2012-13 season will see action on the floor this year for Seattle U. Juniors Isiah Umipig and Emerson Murray sat out under NCAA transfer rules, while freshman Manny Chibuogwu was held out as a redshirt. Umipig was a significant contributor for Cal State Fullerton from 2010 to 2012, while Murray came off the bench for the Cal Bears during those same years.
THE NEWCOMERS: Three players who joined the Redhawk program last summer will have the chance to play this season. Shore Adenekan is a junior who played at Lamar Community College in Colorado over the past two seasons, while William Powell and Theo Turner come to Seattle U as freshmen.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies are coming off an 18-16 season, including a 9-9 record in the Pac-12 standings to finish in a four-way tie for sixth place. Washington appeared in the NIT for the second straight season, losing in the first round to BYU. The Huskies lost three starters from last year’s squad, but return Second Team All-PAC-12 performer C.J. Wilcox, who started all 34 games and led Washington in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Other returning players to watch for Washington include sophomore guard Andrew Andrews, who averaged 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, as well as junior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. (6.3 ppg). Washington will also feature highly-touted freshman Nigel Williams-Goss, who played for the US squad at the U-19 World Championships. Head coach Lorenzo Romar enters his 12th season as the helm of the Husky program with a 237-121 record at UW.