Washington basketball has two more “tune-up” games against South Dakota and Eastern Washington before Gonzaga comes to town
Washington basketball is coming into the week with a record of 6-1, and they’re looking to continue their momentum that they picked up in their last win over San Diego.
South Dakota’s scoring leader is redshirt senior Tyler Hagedorn, who missed last season due to injury. He’s averaging 20.1 points per game so far this year, and the Huskies will have to be very wary of him behind the three-point line, where he’s shooting 75% so far this season. He’s also the Coyote’s leading rebounder, averaging seven per game.
The guards are all veteran players, with three seniors that are led by Triston Simpson who’s averaging 12 points per game, along with Tyler Peterson and Cody Kelly, who both average 9.1 points per game. The lone junior in the lineup is Stanley Umude, who is the team’s second-leading scorer, coming into the matchup with the Huskies averaging 16.1 points per game.
The Eagles are led in scoring by junior guard Jacob Davison at 16.2 per game. He played in last year’s matchup with the Huskies, but only scored five points in limited minutes off the bench.
Kim Aiken Jr. is currently second on the team in scoring, averaging a double-double with 14.2 points and 10.8 rebounds a night. He’ll be a great matchup for star freshman Isaiah Stewart.
Although Washington is more talented than both teams, they should serve as good tests and as a great way to work on their three-point shooting before conference play and the Gonzaga game.