Washington Huskies Basketball: 2012-2013 Abdul Gaddy Evaluation


Dec 20, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies guard Abdul Gaddy (0) jumps up to dunk the ball during the 2nd half against the Cal Poly Mustangs at Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington defeated Cal Poly 75-62. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Statistics: 10.9 points (43.3 percent shooting), 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists (3.0 turnovers) per game

What he did in 2012-2013: During his senior season, Abdul Gaddy continued his trend of being one of the most passive players on the Huskies. In my four-year review of his career at UW, I noted my frustration with his constant lack of motivation, seemingly. He showed spurts of stardom when he wanted to, but that was few and far between.

He was able to take advantage of not having a go-to-guy last season and scored in double figures for the first time in his career, but that came with a worse 3-point percentage (30.9 percent) and more turnovers (3.0). Neither of these things stopped him from trying to force passes or take unnecessary 3-pointers, though.

Generally, Gaddy performed admirably for much of the game as his averages indicate, but fell apart when it came down to crunch time. By the end of the season, the final two minutes of the game had been dubbed “Gaddy time” in honor of his late-game struggles. Most of the time, it came in hash tag form on Twitter, but was noted other places.

It’s hard to criticize a point guard who averaged more than 10 points and nearly five assists per game. Gaddy had himself a nice season with a few noteworthy games. Ultimately, he wasn’t a great fit as a Husky point guard, but still recorded respectable numbers.

What To Expect In 2013-2014: As a graduating senior, Gaddy won’t be back for another season, but he has pro prospects in his future. This week, Gaddy is playing in the Portsmouth Invitational with Aziz N’Diaye and 62 of the other top seniors in college basketball.

Various reports have come out of Portsmouth saying Gaddy has looked impressive. Because of his maturity and basketball IQ, he is said to have a bright future in Europe and may garner an NBA look eventually.

As far as the Huskies future without Gaddy, it looks pretty bright. They will be able to increase the tempo with Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss running the point. With those two, the talent drop off is next to none, so expect a much more fun, up-tempo and talented squad without Gaddy next season.