The media has released its preseason Pac-12 rankings, and Washington basketball is currently projected to finish 3rd
After losing four starters from last year’s team, third is a pretty great place to be for Washington basketball. The main reason for optimism around the program comes from the addition of five-star freshmen Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels who were both named to the All-Pac 12 preseason first team.
Quade Green is another five star talent entering the program, but he comes from the transfer portal, as he started his career at Kentucky. Green isn’t eligible to play until late December, but the point guard should slot in and start right away once he’s eligible to compete. Along with junior Nahziah Carter, both players were named honorable mentions on the preseason honors list.
The Huskies will start regular season play in less than a month, with their first game coming against Baylor on November 8 in the Armed Forces Classic in Anchorage, Alaska. They do have an exhibition game on October 30 against Western Washington at home, and while it won’t count towards their record, it’ll be exciting to gauge how the team plays from that game.
The Huskies will have at least eleven nonconference games, and as many as thirteen, depending on how well they do in the Diamond Head Classic tournament. They have a tough nonconference slate in front of them, with top-ranked teams like Gonzaga and Tennessee on the schedule, along with a lot of traveling. The Tennessee game will be played in Canada, and along with the Alaska and Hawaii games, that’s a lot of traveling for the Huskies.
The tough slate to begin the season will be a tough test for the Dawgs, but will definitely get them ready for the rigors of Pac-12 play. We’ll also get a great look at a Husky team that has the highest expectations of any Washington basketball team in years.