Sunday, February 21, 2010

Seattle - Monday night 7 p.m. - Walt McPherson Court

Ah, Seattle University. Home of the fabulous Elgin Baylor (for us oldies) and Frank Oleynick (for the relative newbies). If those don't work, it's unlikely Eddie Miles or Clint Richardson will either.

Anyway, Coach Cameron Dollar -- the former UCLA point -- moved over from assisting Lorenzo Romar at Washington when the powers-that-be at the Jesuit school wanted to return to D-1 basketball. There is also another Dollar on the coaching staff, one Donald Dollar, Cameron's father and a longtime high school coach in Georgia.

The younger Dollar has collected some early talent:

Such as, 6-foot-9 Charles Garcia who was supposed to be a Husky but an academic issue diverted him to the Capitol Hill section of Seattle. He possesses NBA potential and will bring out the pro scouts Monday night. Plus, point Cervante Burrell, out of Sacramento, is a highly regarded team leader.

Here's probably more than would ever want to know about Garcia:

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Charles Garcia
December 9, 2009

Every year seemingly, a new NBA draft prospect comes out of the woodwork playing for a school that is hardly known for producing lottery picks. Our best candidate this year so far might be Charles Garcia at Seattle University.

Never heard of Seattle U? That’s not a shock, considering that this is only their second season playing Division I basketball. Although this is the alma mater of Elgin Baylor, the school is stuck in limbo as they make the transition from Division II, meaning not having any conference affiliation and being ineligible for the NCAA tournament until 2013.

Helping ease the transition significantly is the presence of one Charles Garcia, a junior college transfer from South Central LA who was denied entrance to the University of Washington for academic reasons, and instead decided to follow outgoing assistant coach Cameron Dollar across town to his new gig as head coach of Seattle. Garcia was initially slated to play at Sacramento State out of high school, but again was set back by academic issues that forced him to take the JC route.

Nine games into the season, Garcia ranks as the 3rd leading scorer amongst all NCAA prospects per-40 minutes pace adjusted, and has already helped his team notch solid wins over Fresno State, U.C. Davis and Utah, with the latter two coming on the road...

Go here for the remainder.

The Redhawks are 13-14 on the season.

Seattle's Schedule (the comparable/interesting games)

Nov 19 Fresno State 85 - 84 (W)

Dec 15 UC Irvine 82 - 81 (W)

Jan 06 @ Oregon State 99 - 48 (W)

Jan 16 Utah Valley 66 - 63 (W)

Jan 30 University of Idaho 85 - 87 (L)

Feb 18 @ University of Idaho 72 - 82 (L)

The Starting Five

6-foot-10 Charles Garcia: 19.4 ppg., 9.4 rpg., 276 free throw attempts already, 27 assists to 113 turnovers so far

6-foot-8 Gavin Gilmore: 4.3 ppg., an inside-the-paint player

6-foot-6 Aaron Broussard: 10.6 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 73 trey attempts

6-foot-5 Mike Boxley: 7.3 ppg., 70 three-pointers taken thus far, tied for first in steals

5-foot-10 Cervante Burrell: 10.8 ppg., by far the most assists on the team, shooting 49% on the season but with just seven trey attempts, tied for first in steals

The Cavalry

6-foot Garrett Lever: the son of former NBA-er, Lafayette "Fat" Lever, is a solid defender - tied for first in steals

6-foot-1 Chris Gweth: 11.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg. has taken the most three-point attempts on the team

6-foot-8 Alex Jones: 8.0 ppg., 3.4 rpg., shooting 51% overall and is fourth on the team in shot attempts despite playing just 14 minutes a game

5-10 Taylor Olson: a reserve at the point

5-foot-9 Peter Harris: ditto

The Seattle Roster, by position

Mike Boxley F 6-5 215 Sr.
Aaron Broussard F 6-5 205 So.
Adam Eakles F 6-8 210 Fr.
Charles Garcia PF 6-10 230
Gavin Gilmore F 6-8 220 So.
Alex Jones F 6-8 215 Jr.

Cervante Burrell G 5-10 170 So.
Chris Gweth G 6-1 175 Sr.
Peter Harris G 5-9 175 Jr.
Garrett Lever G 6-0 180 Jr.
Taylor Olson PG 5-10 175 Sr.

What To Expect

- Which Charles Garcia shows up? The NBA prospect or the less-than-engaged one?

- Seattle averages 80 ppg. on the season so getting up and down the floor offensively is what they want to do

- The Redhawks employ a pressing, trap defense so minimizing turnovers will be a key for San Jose State, as well as exploiting any openings provided by double teams

- Burrell earned three fouls in a 14-second span in the game against Idaho, thereby limiting Seattle's point guard efficiency and certainly the chances of winning

- As an aside, when will the Redhawks be brought back into the West Coast Conference?

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