Not this year, not the way it looks now. But at least Ryan "Peekaboo" Appleby has a Twitter page.
After falling out of the national Top 25 by way of a couple lopsided road losses to the Arizona colleges this past weekend, the overhyped Huskies now find themselves at the bottom of the Pac-10 standings, looking up at a pair of schools (Cal & Stanford) that they must to beat at home this week to resuscitate any hope of making the NCAA tourney.
While the Dawgs' problems are manifold, none is more glaring than the team's lack of inside presence, on either end of the floor. To this end, UW should be kicking itself for not finding a way to admit junior college recruit Chuck Garcia, who's almost singlehandedly put Seattle U's fledgling program on the map since his forced defection.
But it's what's going on down in Sacramento that should really add insult to injury.
There, playing for the NBA's Kings, are ex-Huskies Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes, who spent but one year in the same frontcourt before Hawes left Seattle to become a lottery pick in the League. Meanwhile, Brockman stuck around to lead the Huskies to an outright Pac-10 title in his senior year.
After showing a great deal of promise late last season, many expected this to be the seven-foot Hawes' breakout year. Instead, while Hawes has stagnated in Coach Paul Westphal's (yep, the same Paul Westphal who played for and coached the Sonics) madcap rotation, it's the rookie Brockman that has been a pleasant surprise.
Granted, the bar's a lot lower for Brockman, a second-round pick. But just the other night, the 6'7" Brockman got the start over Hawes at center, corralling a career-high 12 rebounds in 37 minutes (also a career-high) to help Sacramento to a 102-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets, a conference finalist from the previous year.
It's wishful thinking, but Hawes would have been a senior this year had he not opted for the one-and-done route. And Brockman is showing just how valuable he was to the Huskies in his absence. Worse yet, every time the ball goes into--or an opponent goes around--Matthew Bryan-Amaning, UW fans are provided a cruel reminder of what could have been, and what was.