UW alumni basketball game will feature many familiar names
Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson are among the players who have committed to play in the June 23 game..
Seattle Times staff reporter
Washington’s 12 men’s basketball players who played for Lorenzo Romar before going to the NBA have committed to participate in the UW Alumni Game on June 23.
The Husky coach is finally fulfilling a dream of reuniting his best players on the court in a game for the ages.
“Just to get all of these guys back together and just see the Husky family from a basketball perspective — that’s something that’s very exciting for me,” Romar said.
Romar, who has spent 11 seasons at UW, divided the nine-man teams by eras.
The first team is comprised of standouts from 2002-07 including Will Conroy, Hans Gasser, Spencer Hawes, Bobby Jones, Mike Jensen, Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Tre Simmons and Jamaal Williams.
Players on the second team starred at Washington between 2006-12. The team includes: Jon Brockman, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Dentmon, Darnell Gant, Justin Holiday, Quincy Pondexter, Terrence Ross, Isaiah Thomas and Tony Wroten Jr.
Even though the latter team is comprised of three of the top six scorers (Brockman, Pondexter and Thomas) in school history, Romar is reluctant to say which team should be considered the favorite.
“Guys on that older team had more success here than any other team we had,” Romar said. “They know how to play together. So to say one team should be favored over another because of statistics or age, I can’t say that. These are the types of debates I’ve had and maybe fans have had for some time.”
At halftime of the alumni game, Ross and Robinson are expected to highlight a slam-dunk contest. Ross won the NBA slam-dunk title this year and Robinson is a three-time NBA slam-dunk champion.
Celebrity judges are Jamal Crawford and Shawn Kemp.
Before the alumni game, former Huskies including Christian Welp, Eldridge Recasner, Mark Sanford, Donald Watts, Bryant Boston, Dion Brown and Chester Dorsey will compete in a Legends Game.
Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 with children under 12 free. The game will be broadcast on KJR-950 AM.
“The guys are excited to play,” Romar said. “The scoreboard will be on, cheerleaders will be there and the band will be there. It should be a lot of fun.”
• Recasner, who played eight years in the NBA, is holding a two-day basketball clinic starting Friday for fathers and sons at Mercer Island View Community Center. Admission is $195. Guest coaches include Crawford, Roy and Kemp.
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