Perhaps the greatest change in the tam, and in Matisse Thybulle, is the level of maturity this season. That doesn’t happen without Coach Hopkins. But it doesn’t happen without Thybulle trusting his coaches.
The 2017-2018 season was a perfect storm of wildly random forces. Lesser players and lesser coaches had every excuse to be distracted. In my most optimistic estimate, a .500 season was the ceiling. The team blew right through that ceiling. In the end, each player took it upon himself to discover their true potential
And by self-discovering how good they could be, they realized it on the basketball court.
That’s four reasons. But I saved the best for last. The 2017-2018 season was wildly successful, but it suprised many. In 2018-2019, the Washington Basketball team won’t be as lucky. But that will give the fans time to rally around the team this season. The team proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can win big games.
This season, Huskies fans will be ready for them. And with a new infusion of bigs, point guard, and perimeter shooting, the team has serious potential to challenge for the PAC-12 Conference Championship. That means an automatic invite to the NCAA Tournament. Good times for Washington Basketball have just begun.