The Hopkins Era is underway and Washington fans have reason to be excited. The Huskies finished with 21 wins and a winning record in conference play. Topping that off, the team made an NIT appearance. That was a welcome reward after beginning the season with rock-bottom expectations.
As Arizona loses recruits and the rest of the Pac-12 fights for relevancy, a window exists over the ensuing few years for the Huskies to become a force in west coast college basketball.
More to do
The team has work to do. They need to find a way to bolster assists, rebounds, and perimeter scoring. The Washington Basketball team entered the season with a lot of questions, and right now many of those questions can be answered. If not, the team at least knows what it must do to get better.
The recruting class of 2018 does a good job reinforcing the team in areas of great need. But much like a recording artist. One point does not a trend make. The team must get visibly better before the nation takes notice. But as far as first impressions, Coach Hopkins made a good one.