The Morning Haul

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25. WASHINGTON
Starters projected to return: 13
Buzz: The defense was a disaster in the Alamo Bowl, and new coordinator Justin Wilcox, who arrives from Tennessee, better hit the ground running. The good news is that the offense should be potent, even without TB Chris Polk. QB Keith Price announced his emergence on the national scene with a huge bowl performance, and WR Kasen Williams and TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins will be big-time targets. The line returns three starters and should be fine.

Strong indications tonight that this is a done deal and Heyward will be the next coach to join the UW defensive coaching staff.

Washington quarterback Keith Price showed the rest of the world what we have been watching for the past few months.

As a result of his increased playing time, Wroten is threatening the UW freshman record for points in a season, among other statistical intrigues. Thomas scored 541 in 35 games and averaged 15.5 ppg in 2008-09. Wroten has 272 in 16 contests, making his 17-point average the highest by a freshman in UW history.

We’ve been waiting for the other Kings rookie guard to assert himself, but on Wednesday, it was Isaiah Thomas (23 MIN, 20 PTS, 6-12 FG, 3-6 3FG, 5-5 FT, 6 AST) who stole the show. What a treat to watch this kid play. Thomas ran the team in stretches, played off the ball at times and all the while he produced. Gorgeous no-look passes. Gutty long balls. Terrific on-ball defense against Jose Calderon. Thomas brought the fire and the passion that this team has lacked all season. You almost forget what it’s like to have a point guard who reads the floor, runs the team and plays all out. Like he said after the game, “I’m 5’8″. I gotta bring something.”

Robinson was almost personally responsible for the fact that the Warriors took the mighty Miami Heat into overtime, and eventually won 111-106, before 19,596 thrilled-out-of-their-minds fans.

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