Washington Huskies basketball: What could have been?

The Washington Huskies cut ties with longtime head coach Lorenzo Romar after finishing the 2016-2017 season with a dismal 9-22 record. They only managed to scrape together nine measly wins lead by Markelle Fultz, who very well could end up being the first overall pick in the NBA Draft this year. Top recruit Michael Porter Jr. submitted a request for release from his commitment to play for the Huskies next year and it seems like the wheels are starting to fall off for what was once a pretty decent basketball program. 

Fultz was far too talented to spend more time at Washington so it only makes sense that he enters the draft after just one season of college ball. But what if Fultz did stay? What if arguably the best point guard in college basketball teamed up with the #1 recruit next season? What if they gave Romar one last opportunity to get it done with these young stars?

People forget that Gonzaga superstar Nigel Williams-Goss originally attended Washington and played for the Huskies before transferring to Gonzaga for the 2015-2016 season. Considering he and teammate Przemek Karnowski are basically the modern day Kobe and Shaq, can you imagine what it would’ve been like for Williams-Goss to play alongside Fultz and Porter Jr. under Romar next season?! 

I know this is all kind of a stretch considering the different paths each of these guys ended up taking, but in a perfect world they definitely could’ve teamed up and went all in for March Madness 2018. Instead, Washington basketball will have to take the backseat to their football program, which is currently one of the best in the nation, and begin a tough rebuilding process under new head coach Mike Hopkins. 

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