Freshmen Star Markelle Fultz Failed To Take The University of Washington To The NCAA Tournament

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Markelle Fultz (left) & Lorenzo Romar (right)

Lottery pick Markelle Fultz and Lorenzo Romar season did not go according to plan.

BREAKING NEWS! As of right now Lorenzo Romar will remain as the University of Washington men’s basketball team head coach next year, but UW is still evaluating other options. The city of Seattle must be pissed to hear this shocking news. This season the Huskies are a disappointing 9-21 heading into the Pac-12 tournament. Fultz suffered an injury that took him out of conference play, and the Huskies fell off the map and kissed their chance of reaching the NCAA tournament once again this season.

The way the Huskies played this season you would have thought that Lorenzo Romar was going to be fired as head coach. This is one of the most disappointing season’s in UW history, especially with a top lottery pick in Markelle Fultz who is leaving after his poor freshmen season.

At this rate the Huskies will fall once again to USC for their final conference game of the season, and will end up 9-22 overall and 2-17 in the Pac-12 conference at the end of the season. 12 in a row loses the Huskies suffered majority of their season, and it did not help that Fultz suffered an injury for a portion of games.

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Markelle Fultz (20) & Lonzo ball (2)

No tournament this year

The Pac-12 tournament is coming soon, and as of right now the Huskies are in no shape of making an impact in the Pac-12 tournament. If Markelle Fultz misses the first game of the tournament, it will be good-bye Huskies as they would most likely lose to whoever they face. Fultz, one of the 15 finalist for the John R. Wooden award that’s given to the nation’s most outstanding player, will not win the Pac-12 tournament or make it to the NCAA tournament as sad as it sounds.

Washington’s Markelle Fultz was named to all-Pac-12 team and the Pac-12’s all-freshmen list despite being dead last in conference play. The Huskies point guard is averaging 23.2 scoring average in the Pac-12. Although his stats are showing that he is a force to be reckoned with, Fultz was still not capable of leading his teammates to a winning season.

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Fultz (20) & Trier (35)

The end of the season

Even though, Fultz supporting cast was not as talented as Lonzo Ball (UCLA) or Dillon Brooks (Oregon) he did the best he could with what he was given. Last year, Fultz thought rookies San Antonio Spurs Dejounte Murry and Phoenix Suns Marquese Chriss were going to stay at the University of Washington when Fultz committed. Just imagine if those two would have stayed, who know’s maybe the Huskies would be nationally ranked in the country.

Another year has gone and I will not see the University of Washington men’s basketball team reach the NCAA tournament. My dreams have been crushed once again, to see UW not make an appearance in the tournament for another year. UW has been producing NBA athletes for some years now, but that does not mean anything because every year UW loses and their best player declares into the NBA draft after the season ends. UW can never build a powerhouse team because athletes always are one-and-done there. Which is bad tradition!

Next season is the ultimate test for the dawgs, where they will have the nation’s top player in Michael Porter Jr., who just won a 3A state championship at Nathan Hale high school this year. The Huskies are expecting Porter Jr. and a handful of new talent, to bring a new style of competitiveness to University of Washington next season. In hopes to reach the NCAA tournament!

 

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Former Trail Blazers Star Brandon Roy Has Become An Elite High School Basketball Coach In Seattle

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Brandon Roy head coach of Nathan Hale

How an Ex-NBA player turns a basketball team into the No. 1 3A team in Washington and top 10 high school team in the nation.

Former University of Washington Huskies and Portland Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy was once a star in college and the NBA. Now, he’s helping his own community out at the high school level in Seattle, Washington with a lot of talent and skill.

Brandon Roy is a first-year head coach at Nathan Hale high school located in north Seattle area. Roy was hired last year, taking a 3-18 overall record team to a 24-0 overall season this year. Take about major upgrade!

Brandon Roy made history taking a 3-18 team last year, to a 24-0 record this season leading Hale to their first Seattle Metro League boys basketball championship since 1992. Nathan Hale is now a perfect 24-0 and a top 10 nationally ranked high school basketball program.In Roy first season as head coach he was able to turn around a 3-18 team into a 24-0 team.

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Brandon Roy coaching Nathan Hale

The Miracle Man

Since Brandon Roy has joined Nathan Hale boy’s basketball team, Roy has received new player’s and changed the Raider’s program from losing to winning. Just a thought, how much of an impact did Brandon Roy change the high school team from losing to winning? Well, Roy has made the biggest impact in Nathan Hale history by turning their program around and making them the top team in the state of Washington and top 10 nationally ranked team in the nation.

To me it’s crazy how much a coach can have an influence on kid’s decision, to transfer schools based on a head coach status. Not to mention Brandon Roy is a hometown favorite who went to Garfield high school, and attended the University of Washington, where he led the Huskies to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen twice in a row.

Nathan Hale also has one of the top players in the country in Michael Porter Jr., who is ranked No.1 for the class of 2017. Porter Jr. and his younger brother’s have joined him at Hale, as well a top 25 recruit in the class of 2019 P.J. Fuller and other new transfers. Roy has one of the top player’s in the nation who he has the privilege to coach and mentor.

Next season Michael Porter Jr. will attend the University of Washington as a top ranked freshmen. Porter Jr. is already considered a top lottery pick in the NBA, and he will be a one-and-done athlete after his freshman year to the NBA.

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Brandon Roy hugs his star Michael Porter Jr. after defeating the No. 1-ranked team

The Coach

Nathan Hale is playing in the 3A state tournament this week, and is the top seed in their bracket. My predictions are Hale will go all the way to the finals, and win the 3A state title. The reason why I believe Hale has the best chance of taking it all is because, for starters Hale has the top player in the nation in Michael Porter Jr. point proven, a head coach who has played at all level’s of competitive basketball in Brandon Roy and a balanced team who is not selfish.

Currently undefeated in the state of Washington and ranked No. 6 nationally, Hale has proven themselves against some of the country’s top basketball teams and one.  The team winning makes Brandon Roy seem much like, the all time best high school coach in the state. It also helps that he as a perfect record of 24-0 overall in his first year. Impressive! Brandon Roy will go down as one of the top high school basketball coaches, in the state of Washington.

That is why if the University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar does not win next year with Michael Porter Jr., you can consider his job in jeopardy. I see a bright future that Brandon Roy could be the next head coach at his alma mater at the University of Washington as a Husky.

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