Time for a cool change
When it comes to Hopkins, the patience shown for Romar is nothing but a good sign. Hopkins possesses some of the same characteristics: well-liked by players and extremely passionate for his university and fans. The difference is Hopkins’ demonstrated ability to coach great teams to great wins.
The match will not be an instant success for Hopkins and the Huskies. Growing pains are guaranteed, especially until the Hopkins-style recruits arrive on campus in the next few years, but the 2017 UW team is already showing promise. Veteran players have bought in to a new team culture and freshman players have already played meaningful minutes.
All for one…
Let’s be real. Did anyone expect freshman Jaylen Nowell to hit the floor running at a 20.4 points per game clip? How about junior Noah Dickerson at 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game? Could you have anticipated Matisse Thybulle with 12.4 points and 4.0 steals per game? Each player on the time contributes.
Washington has returned to its standard of excellence and its basketball program will, eventually, rise out of irrelevancy. Hopkins is the right man for the job. All he needs now: patience.