canada africa partner reservation Huskies Turn to Midwest Again for Oakland Forward Chris Conway

Huskies Turn to Midwest Again for Oakland Forward Chris Conway


Preparing for Big Ten entry this coming season, new University of Washington basketball coach Danny Sprinkle continues to put together a team with a decided Midwest flavor to it, with Oakland forward Chris Conway revealing on Sunday he has committed to the Huskies.

Conway, a 6-foot-9 senior from Naperville, Illinois, was a 35-game starter this past season for a 24-12 Golden Grizzlies team that hails from the Greater Detroit area and notably upset Kentucky 80-76 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

As new Huskies, he joins 6-foot-1 senior guard DJ Davis, a 33-game starter this past season for Butler from Indianapolis and 6-foot-4 freshman point guard Jase Butler, a California native who was committed to Illinois before flipping to the Huskies.

Add to them 6-foot-5 junior off guard Mekhi Mason, a 32-game starter from Rice; 6-foot-10, 287-pound forward KC Ibekwe, a Canadian native and a 22-game starter for Oregon State; and that rare local player in 6-foot-4 freshman point guard Vazoumana “Zoom” Diallo from Tacoma and now at a California prep school, and Sprinkla has a most unusual collection of basketball talent.

Conway is a workmanlike but not a flashy player who averaged 10 points and 4.3 rebounds last winter for Oakland. He shot 54.2 percent with a game that typically kept him close to the basket to take turnaround jumpers and other close-in shots. He just attempted 14 3-pointers and made 3. His high game for points was 18 against Youngstown State and Marshall.

His only double-double effort was 11 points and 10 rebounds that came in an 83-76 victory over Milwaukee in the Horizon League championship game. In that outing, he often was matched up against ex-Husky forward Langston Wilson, who finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

In his Oakland career, Conway started 66 of 109 games, serving as a full-time starter in his second and fourth seasons. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

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