Huskies' Dynamic Freshman Duo Will Make Washington Debut In Italy

The most dynamic freshman front court in college basketball makes its debut in Italy and on FloHoops, Aug. 13-22. 

Defending Pac-12 Conference regular-season champion Washington whirls through the nation with a new-look roster for 2019-20. Gone are Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Matisse Thybulle and high-ceiling swingman Jaylen Nowell. Veteran cornerstones Noah Dickerson and David Crisp also depart Washington’s first NCAA Tournament roster in seven years.

Watch Washington's Foreign Tour LIVE on FloHoops

But with coach Mike Hopkins and his staff landing the nation’s No. 10-ranked 2019 recruiting class, the Huskies begin an intriguing reload in Italy. And at the forefront are the duo of big men Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart.

Two 5-star prospects, McDaniels and Stewart were both ranked in the nation’s top 10 of the incoming freshman class. Each brings unique skills that should benefit the Huskies immediately.

The rangy McDaniels -- a late signee in May -- is a local product. He led Federal Way High School to a 26-3 record in 2018-19 with averages of 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. His combination of length at 6-foot-9 and explosiveness make him a natural fit for Hopkins’ spin on zone defense.

A longtime disciple of 2-3 zone guru Jim Boeheim, Hopkins introduced an aggressive approach with his version that thrives on generating turnovers. The Huskies ranked fourth in the nation in percentage of opponent possessions resulting in turnovers, and led college basketball with steals on 13.3 percent of possessions.

At 2.1 steals per game in 2018-19, McDaniels likely has no trouble adapting to Washington’s ball-hawking approach. The shorter shot clocks the Huskies will play with in Italy translate to more opportunities for takeaways. That also spells more offensive possessions for the multifaceted offensive game McDaniels boasts to shine.

McDaniels’ five-star running mate, Stewart, addresses some of the need Washington has on the interior with the loss of Dickerson.

“[Stewart]’s a dynamic player who has an unrelenting work ethic that fits exactly what we are trying to build here at Washington,” Hopkins said upon Stewart’s signing in April, per GoHuskies.com. “He's a difference maker not only on the court but as a leader, a worker and a person. He's going to be a great teammate and he's a proven winner.”

A proven winner is an understatement. Stewart helped anchor prep powerhouse La Lumiere (LaPorte, Indiana) to 29 straight wins in 2018-19, a streak that ended at the GEICO High School Nationals. Before the high school season, Stewart helped Team USA to a FIBA U-18 gold medal.

While the freshmen command much of the billing for Washington’s four-game, nine-day trip through Italy, Hopkins isn’t without veteran presence on the 2019-20 lineup.

The tour sets the tone for Nahziah Carter, a rising junior wing poised to break out in the coming season. Carter’s the most experienced returning Husky, coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which he shot better than 55 percent from inside the 3-point arc. HIs 106.9 offensive rating per KenPom.com metrics ranked second among all Huskies a season ago, behind only Nowell.

William & Mary's Nathan Knight Named To Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Watch List

William & Mary senior Nathan Knight was named to the 2020 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award watch list, given to the nation’s top collegiate center, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

FloSports Announces Multiyear Partnership with ECAC

AUSTIN, Texas — October 15, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced a partnership in collaboration with Collegiate Sports Management Group to provide live and on-demand coverage of 120 ECAC Championship Games across the FloSports network and potentially many more. Fans can watch the games annually through 2022.

LaMelo Watch: Illwarra Picks Up First Win In Round 2

null

It was a busy week in the NBL and also a busy week for the league’s two high-profile, teenage American superstars.  

Chaotic CAA Media Day Signals Wide Open Season Ahead

CAA Men's Basketball Preview Show

The most chaotic day in the history of CAA men’s basketball might have been Feb. 28, 2015, when the final afternoon and evening of the regular season began with four teams within one game of first place and ended with those four teams tied for first place.

Hofstra Tabbed Favorite In Preseason Poll, Riller Is Player Of The Year

CAA Men's Basketball Preview Show

Hofstra, which earned the 2018-19 CAA regular-season title, is favored to claim the 2019-20 CAA men’s basketball championship, according to a vote of the league’s coaches, media relations directors, and media members.

FloHoops Is The New Home Of The Thanksgiving Hoopfest

Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and Hoopfest Basketball Inc. announced a multiyear broadcast partnership to provide live and on-demand content and coverage of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest on FloHoops.com through 2021. 

LaMelo Watch: Ball Enjoys Solid Debut Despite Loss

It was the moment that basketball fans across the globe have been waiting for, as LaMelo Ball made his regular-season debut Sunday for the Illawarra Hawks. While the Hawks lost, it was a solid performance for the 18-year-old Ball, playing in his first regular-season game down under. 

CAA Announces Women's Basketball Schedule On FloHoops

The Colonial Athletic Association recently unveiled the 2019-20 women's basketball schedule, which will be streamed in its entirety live on FloHoops.com — a total of 139 CAA home women's basketball games.

FloSports Rebrands, Launches Android App

null

You may have noticed something different about FloHoops this week… 

CAA Announces FloSports Broadcast Schedule

The Colonial Athletic Association announced its 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule for FloSports, which will include over 100 broadcasts on FloHoops.com.