The Other Husky at the All-Star Festivities

Will Conroy’s prepping for one more shot at the NBA.

Brandon Roy won't be the only University of Washington and Garfield High alumnus involved in the NBA's All-Star festivities this weekend in Phoenix. Will Conroy, his former teammate at both schools, will be there too, starting in the NBDL All-Star game. Conroy, a 6'2" point guard who's had a couple cups of coffee in the NBA, plays for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, the Developmental League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. This year, Conroy arguably has been the NBDL's best player, leading the league in scoring at 25.8 ppg while ranking fourth in assists. Conroy's ability to dramatically increase his scoring average (his previous season high was 17.4 ppg) while keeping his distribution figures intact has compelled about a dozen NBA teams to inquire about his services, says Albuquerque coach John Coffino. While Coffino chalks up Conroy's scoring increase to the fact that his team has "less weapons" offensively than last year, Conroy says he focused his summer workouts on looking for his shot more. "It's nothing that I haven't always been able to do; I just got out of the scoring mode my senior year at Washington," he explains, referring to a year when the Husky roster was stacked with scorers like Roy and Rainier Beach alum Nate Robinson. "Somebody had to take a back seat." Another member of that UW squad, Bobby Jones, will also be participating in All-Star weekend, in the NBDL's H-O-R-S-E competition. After setting an NBA record last year for teams played for in one season (five), Jones has spent the 2008-09 campaign with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, waiting for a call-up, just like Conroy. Coaching Conroy's team on Feb. 14 will be Quin Snyder, the former Mercer Island star who's resurfaced with the NBDL's Austin Toros after resigning in 2006 as the University of Missouri's head coach.

 
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