The University of Washington Huskies Recruiting 2018 Men’s Basketball is beginning to lag landing prospects
The University of Washington Huskies Men’s Basketball Team are not quite out of the woods just yet. So far, the tasks facing new head coach have been daunting but definable.
Assemble a new coaching staff. Check.
Retain players and prospects. Check
Bring in new talent to reinforce the Recruiting class of 2017. Check.
And so it went. Now the team is trying to make up ground over other PAC -12 teams. Last season, the team finished 2-16 in the conference, and 9-22 overall. With that finish, the team has some room for improvement.
Improvements are already underway. Coach Hopkins has hit the floor running with the team, working on getting the most from each player on the roster. And the team is using unconventional means of training to do so.
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It’s all part of the scheme to return the team to winning ways. But now the coach is embedded in a circular reference of sorts. Or more commonly put, the chicken vs. the egg dilemma. Winning means attracting new talent. Attracting new talent means winning.
The team has a solid roster for 2017. And with the Coach Hopkins philosophy, he will likely try to retain his players for the maximum NCAA eligibility. And that will help. Eventually, this team will need to sign recruits to the class of 2018. And while it is early, the PAC-12 has four teams with commitments. The Huskies are not one of them.
The team has made offers. Per 247 Sports, the Washington Huskies Men’s Basketball team have made 17 offers. Of the group, two have committed. And of that group, only one offer originated from Coach Hopkins: that to PG Spencer Freedman.
No Need To Panic, Yet
There is still time. Two Thirds of the PAC-12 conference schools are in the same boat as the Washington Huskies recruiting status. But this is not an area to be par. The team may not attract a string of five star prospects, but new players must be found to restore the loss of those who have graduated or moved on to the NBA.
Now is likely the most critical phase of the Coaching career of Mike Hopkins at the University of Washington. If he manages to attract players, this team will be on it’s way. Sometimes, it’s the waiting that is the hardest pat.