June 21, 2006

Gillenwater wants early playing time

Forgive Rick Isaacs if he's brutally honest when it comes to the likelihood of Troy Gillenwater ever donning a Washington uniform. "Troy's not going where he's not starting," Isaacs said. "He's going to go where he's going to start."

The H Squad AAU coach has done the number-crunching for the 2008 prospect from California. He just doesn't see where the 6-foot-8, 225-pounder, who looks like a college junior (and not a high school junior), would fit into the plans of the ultra-deep Huskies a couple years from now. Not to say he doesn't want it to work, however.

Gillenwater, who blossomed during the Kingswood Classic and the Las Vegas Spring Showcase, is starting to catch national attention. His rare combination of size, length and strength is causing defenders all sorts of headaches. Gillenwater has a nice mid-range game and attacks the rim with authority. But until scouts quit pegging Gillenwater as a 4 in college, Isaacs will continue his barking: "He's a big 3. I don't want Troy pinned down as a low-block scorer."

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