Washington basketball has four players that have been given preseason All Pac-12 honors, two have been named to the first team, and two honorable mentions
Washington basketball is primed for a huge season in 2019, that has the potential for a deep run in March. And yesterday, the preseason All-Pac 12 teams were released, and as expected, it was riddled with Huskies. Headlining the All Pac-12 first team are the usual suspects, highly touted five-star recruits Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels, who are both expected to have huge seasons under back to back Pac-12 Coach of the Year Mike Hopkins.
The Huskies are replacing four starters, and four seniors, including NBA draft picks Matisse Thybulle and Jaylen Nowell. Stewart, who is considered by a lot of people, including Hopkins, to be the best player in the 2019 recruiting class, has the potential to be an All-American and the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
McDaniels’ ceiling is just as high as Stewart’s, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him put up numbers similar to, if not better than Stewart’s, as his nearly 7’0 frame is impossible to guard. McDaniels also has a strong chance to be taken in the top 5-10 picks of the 2020 Draft.
Quade Green was named as the first of the two honorable mentions, and while he can’t play until Pac-12 play begins, the Huskies are expecting big things from the five-star transfer from Kentucky. It’s hard to project how he’ll fit into the offense right now, but Green is a big time playmaker who has double-digit assist potential with the supporting cast he has around him.
Saving the best for last, junior Nahziah Carter is the other Husky that earned an honorable mention, and don’t be surprised if we see him jump up to the first or second team by the end of the season. Carter is an incredible athlete who is improving on his jumpshot every year, and if he can continue to prove that he can shoot from behind the arc, he has first round NBA potential.