#82 Washington Men's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Washington Huskies

2020-2021 Overall Rank: #82
Conference Rank: #9 Pac-12
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Last season, Washington was one of the most talented teams to ever finish below .500. Led by five-star one-and-done recruits Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels, the Huskies simply never found any consistency. The suspension of point guard Quade Green didn’t help matters, and he will be back this season along with the top six scorers after the two star freshmen. It’s possible losing their two best players could be a blessing in disguise as Washington should have a more team-friendly approach this season.

2019-20 Record: 15-17, 5-13
Coach: Mike Hopkins
Coach Record: 63-39 at Washington, 67-44 overall
Key Departed Players
Isaiah Stewart, Center, 17.0 ppg
Jaden McDaniels, Forward, 13.0 ppg
Sam Timmins, Center, 2.0 ppg
Elijah Hardy, Guard, 1.9 ppg

Key Returning Players:
Nahziah Carter, Senior, Forward, 12.2 ppg

Quade Green, Junior, Guard, 11.6 ppg
Marcus Tsohonis, Sophomore, Guard, 7.7 ppg
Jamal Bey, Junior, Guard, 5.7 ppg
Hameir Wright, Senior, Forward, 5.6 ppg
Raequan Battle, Sophomore, Guard, 4.9 ppg
Nate Roberts, Sophomore, Forward, 1.4 ppg
Key New Players:
Cole Bajema, Sophomore, Guard, Transfer from Michigan, Pending Waiver
J’Raan Brooks, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from USC
Nate Pryor, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Junior College
Erik Stevenson, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Wichita State, Pending Waiver
Naz Carter had a strong junior campaign and could benefit the most from the departures of the one-and-done freshmen. Carter averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals as the third option last season. As a senior, this should be Carter’s team and he could have an all-conference caliber season. The return of Quade Green will also improve the Huskies’ outlook. Green averaged 11.6 points, 5.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 15 games. The suspension of Green led to the Huskies burning Marcus Tsohonis’ redshirt. Tsohonis played in 18 games and averaged 7.7 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds. Jamal Bey and Hameir Wright both return after starting a combined 45 games last season. Lastly, Raequan Battle and Nate Roberts are back as role players off the bench. Washington has no freshmen in this year’s class but they welcome in at least two transfers. Nate Pryor joins after spending the last two seasons at North Idaho College. Pryor averaged 18.0 points and 4.8 assists in junior college. J’Raan Brooks comes from USC where he played one season and averaged 2.0 points in 8.2 minutes per game. Erik Stevenson and Cole Bajema are two potentially eligible transfers who are pending waivers. Bajema was a four-star recruit who committed to Michigan last season but never saw the court as a freshman. Stevenson spent the last two seasons at Wichita State and averaged 11.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals last year. If either or both are eligible, Washington’s outlook would significantly improve. In any event, Washington should be better record-wise than they were last season and can compete at the top of the Pac-12.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.6 (194th in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 66.4 (95, 5)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.1 (157, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.1 (6, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.9 (212, 8)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.5 (219, 8)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.2 (129, 7)
Rebound Margin: -0.4 (202, 8)
Assists Per Game: 12.5 (229, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.1 (319, 12)