In the end, there is no way to compare what might have been to what is. Had Michael Porter Jr. elected to stay, he may not have injured his hip, and the nation would be oohing and ahhing over his 32 point debut as Jaylen Nowell played his backup.
Was any of this foreseeable? We certainly posed the question about potential regrets for the recruits who opted to depart. With age comes wisdom, and wisdom usually leans towards taking opportunities and seeing your decisions through to the end. Regrets come from running from change and never trying the opportunities that come you way. In the end, happiness requires trying to limit the “what ifs” in your life.
Point is.. UW is on track now
But that was and is not the point of this article. In the end, the consternation over the loss of that nationally recognized recruiting class of 2017 was unnecessary. The Washington Huskies, led by Coach Hopkins, has restocked the roster with young men who truly want to play as Huskies.
Science has yet to develop a means of measuring a person’s “heart”. But you could see it on the court in the November 10, 2017 home opener. The Washington Basketball team, loses of 13 straight games, had to fight from behind to win the game against Belmont in the closing minutes.
National rankings greatest flaw is measuring individuals. That misses the “team factor”. Right now, the Washington Huskies proved that this is a team, a group of young men who win and lose together.