Washington preview capsule

Washington preview capsule

By The Associated Press=

Washington

Last season: 16-15, finished 11th in the Pac-12 Conference.

Nickname: Huskies. Coach: Lorenzo Romar.

Conference: Pac-12.

Key returners: Andrew Andrews is really the only returner for the Huskies. Washington has nine new faces on its roster and will lean heavily on Andrews for leadership and scoring. Andrews averaged 15 points per game last season, second on the team. Swingman Donaven Dorsey also returns, having dropped weight and hopefully being more consistent shooting from the perimeter. Dorsey was third on the team with 30 3-pointers last season but needs to be less of a liability defensively to stay on the court.

Who left: Nearly everyone is gone. Leading scorer Nigel Williams-Goss transferred to Gonzaga. Oft-injured forward Jernard Jarreau transferred to Tulane. Robert Upshaw was kicked off the team midway through last season. Shawn Kemp Jr. and Mike Anderson are also gone.

The Skinny: No team in the Pac-12 had more turnover than the Huskies and that leaves them very much an unknown going into the season. Will the young freshmen, led by Dejounte Murray, flourish playing a high-paced, pressure tempo more akin with Romar’s teams of the past? Or will they experience the expected growing pains that come with relying on so much youth and little experience around them? No one questions Washington’s talent, but whether it shows this season is the big unknown.