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Originally published Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Possible UW transfer won't have trouble paying his own way

Chace Stanback, a 6-foot-8 forward who left UCLA after his freshman season, is considering transferring to Washington. None of the schools Stanback is considering has a scholarship available, so he would have to walk on, and pay his own tuition for one year. That will be easier to pay for, now that his mother, Sarah Quick, has won $25,000 in an online game.

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The biggest impediment standing in the way of UCLA transfer Chace Stanback coming to Washington, or several other schools he is considering, was apparently removed in a surprising twist revealed Tuesday.

Sarah Quick, the mother of the 6-foot-8 forward, confirmed she had won $25,000 earlier this month playing the new online game livethefasttrack.com. Quick was the grand prize winner last month in the game, which she said is similar to Tetris.

Quick said she plans to use the money to help Stanback — a cousin of former UW quarterback Isaiah Stanback — pay for tuition this year, if needed. Quick said in a telephone interview that none of the schools her son is considering, including UW, has a scholarship available for next season, but offers have been made for following seasons if he pays his own way to begin.

"It's just a blessing," she said. "The money came at the right time, thank God."

Quick said she was alerted to the game by her son, who was a freshman at UCLA last season, averaging 1.0 points and 0.7 rebounds in 144 minutes. She said she paid $28 for two sets of 20 games. After being declared the winner, she had her choice of a Mercedes or the money. She took the check.

"It will probably be used for his tuition," Quick said.

Stanback toured the UW campus a few weeks ago, playing in a pickup game with Huskies players.

"He had a really great visit at Washington," Quick said.

But Stanback also is considering several other schools, including North Carolina State (he has family in North Carolina), Georgia Tech and UNLV. She said a decision might not come for a month or so. Stanback was the California Division I player of the year while a senior at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles in 2006-07 and rated the No. 1 small forward on the West Coast by Scout.com.

The Huskies have a full complement of 13 players on scholarship for the 2008-09 season, which is why Stanback would have to walk on his first season. If Stanback came to UW, he would have to sit out his first year, per NCAA transfer rules, then would have three years of eligibility left (players no longer have to sit out two years when transferring within the Pac-10). Washington coaches cannot comment on prospective recruits.

UW schedule released

The Huskies released their official 2008-09 schedule Tuesday. It features 19 home games, including a nonconference matchup with Oklahoma State on Dec. 4 as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

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Washington will open the regular season Nov. 15 at Portland, its only nonconference road game. The Huskies will play in the CBE Classic, hosting the first two rounds on Nov. 17 and Nov. 19, then playing two more games in Kansas City on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26. The field has not been announced, but sources have said UW will play Kansas in the first game in Kansas City and either Syracuse or Florida in the other (UW does not have to win its two home games in the tournament to advance to the semifinals).

The Pac-10 season will open and close with games against rival Washington State. The teams will meet first on Jan. 3 in Pullman and again March 7 in Seattle.

The Pac-10 tournament will run March 11-14 in Los Angeles.

Gonzaga's Daye suffers knee injury

Gonzaga sophomore forward Austin Daye suffered a partially torn anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee last week, according to a report in The Spokesman-Review, and will have surgery in three or four days. His prognosis for next season is uncertain.

Daye suffered the injury while playing at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio. Daye averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds as a freshman last season. He was expected to be a key part of a team projected by many to be in the preseason top 25.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com

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