Here’s how the players who left UW men’s basketball after last season are doing with their new teams
The Washington men’s basketball team reaped great accolades with the return of hometown prep heroes including Terrell Brown Jr., Emmitt Matthews Jr., PJ Fuller and Daejon Davis.
The Husky quartet, which led UW to a 5-5 start, included most of Washington’s seven newcomers and were among 1,700 Division I players who entered the NCAA transfer portal this year.
But what about the six Huskies who left Montlake via transfers in an unprecedented mass exodus after a 5-21 win last season?
Here’s a look at what they’re doing with their new teams.
Erik Stevenson, G, South Carolina (24.4 MPG, 10.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 33.6% FG, 25.7% 3FG, 12 games, 12 starts): A year ago, the former Timberline High School star was the precious new addition for UW coach Mike Hopkins, who had returned to the Pacific Northwest after two years at Wichita State.
However, he struggled to adjust to the Huskies’ offensive and defensive philosophies and averaged 9.3 points and 3.6 rebounds while starting 23 of 26 games. Stevenson was the first to announce his post-season transfer.
“It’s culture, tough man-to-man defense and the rebound is a priority,” Stevenson said in a July interview with The Big Spur when asked why South Carolina was a Good choice. “On the offensive side, it’s a lot of movement without a lot of dribbling with the basketball. It’s not a lot of individual isolation. It’s not a hit (Washington), but it’s not my basketball style. I’m not really a 2-3 (zone) type, I found out. Coming (here) and playing man-to-man and playing offensively together is refreshing.
Stevenson, who shot 29.8% on 3 in Washington, started his tenure with the Gamecocks with a 2-for-25 shooting drop behind the arc in the first three games. He’s connected on 3 of 17 three-pointers in the last four games.
Marcus Tsohonis, G, Virginia Commonwealth (16.5 MPG, 5.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 36.2% FG, 34.5% 3FG, 11 games, 2 starts): A groin injury contributed to Tsohonis’ slow start to this season with the Rams, as he converted just 3 of 14 shots, including 0 for 6 on three-pointers, in the first four games. He came out of the crisis with a high 12 points to help beat Syracuse 67-55 and made a significant contribution to VCU’s recent four-game winning streak.
In April, Tsohonis told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he had no animosity towards Hopkins, but “I felt like I could do a lot more” in Washington.
Tsohonis was slated to be redshirted as a freshman, but played 18 games and started nine when Quade Green became academically ineligible. When Green returned last season, Tsohonis came off the bench and averaged 10.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 20 minutes.
RaeQuan Battle, G, Montana State (13.5 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 1.8 APG, 0.8 APG, 41.3% FG, 29.4% 3FG, 13 games, 0 starts): The four-star rookie from Marysville-Pilchuck High School was ranked No.4 in the state in 2019 and joined a star-studded UW class that included Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels, who were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. after their freshman seasons. Battle was billed as a three-point specialist but never shot better than 27% of 3 (33 of 137) for two seasons. He has made four starts in 34 games averaging 4.8 points and 13.9 minutes.
Battle scored a career-high 19 points and had four three-pointers in a brilliant display of shooting in a 74-71 loss to Oregon on December 12, 2020. However, he did. scored only 26 points the rest of the season and didn’t. play in the last three games.
“It was just a weird situation,” Battle said in an interview with the Everett Herald. “It wasn’t really something crazy, I just didn’t know why I wasn’t playing. I remember coming off a good game against Oregon (19 points, a team record), and it was just weird. We had a pretty stacked team when it comes to guards, but it was an odd rotation, and the minutes just weren’t there.
Nate Pryor, G, State of New Mexico (20.3 MGP, 3.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 73.3% FG, 100% 3FG, 6 games, 2 starts): The former West Seattle star took a long, unconventional journey before joining the Huskies last season. He averaged 4.1 points, 1.6 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 17.4 minutes while starting just two of 16 games.
Hameir Wright, F, North Texas (11.6 MPG, 2.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0% FG, 33.3% 3FG, 5 games, 0 starts): The Albany, New York native was a four-star rookie who was ranked No.89 nationally in 2018 by ESPN. Wright started 81 of 122 games at UW and played a supporting role on the UW squad that qualified for the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2019. However, his production has leveled off in the last two years. with the Huskies, which resulted in frustration and regret about not transferring sooner.
I Raan Brooks, F, UC San Diego: After failing to break the lineup in his two previous stops, Brooks got a starting role with the Newts and was to be a star player. However, he suffered a season-ending knee injury after 17 minutes in the opening of the show.
The former standout Garfield High School player, who was ranked No. 84 nationally on ESPN’s 2018 Top 100 Hires list, returned to Seattle after an unproductive first year at USC where he had averaging 2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 8.3 minutes. However, Brooks struggled to get down to the ground. He appeared in 14 games and averaged 3.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 9.8 minutes.
- Former Husky Quade Green could have returned to Washington but chose to go pro and play in the NBA G League. The 6-foot goalie played two games with the Lakeland Magic, which is the Orlando Magic affiliate, after starting with the Maine Celtics. He’s averaging 6.3 points, 1.5 assists and 15.1 minutes left in four games.
- UW announced on Friday that its rescheduled Arizona game, which had been postponed from Dec. 2 to Jan. 25, will now be played at 5 p.m. on Jan. 3.