Category Archives: Basketball

Gray Not on Wooden List Anymore

Gonzaga’s Steven Gray didn’t make the John Wooden Wooden midseason watch list. The Bainbridge grad was on the preseason list, which included 50 players. The list has been trimmed to 30.

Washington State’s Clay Thompson and Washington’s Isaiah Thomas made the cut.

Gray, a 6-5 senior guard who was slowed by a back injury last month, is averaging a team-high 14.1 points and 4.7 assists for the Zags, who openn up WCC play on Saturday. Gonzaga has won 10 straight WCC titles.

Gray’s projected to go in the second round of the NBA Draft in this mock draft.

Santa Marvin

Bremerton’s Marvin Williams took some Atlanta kids to the movies and handed out some Christmas gifts at a recent “Kicks and Flicks” event.

Williams is averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Hawks. Click here to look at all of his statistics. He missed some time with a knee injury and the Hawks have used the 6-9 player at the shooting guard position at times with Joe Johnson out of action.

Tuesday Links and Updates on Kitsap Athletes

Bremerton’s Marvin Williams sometimes thinks “other people panic more than we do,” he said of all the negative talk about how the Atlanta Hawks were done after a 6-0 start. Read the story here.

Willie Bloomquist, a free agent, continues to be linked to the Washington Nationals. Here’s another story that indicates the Port Orchard native could fit in as a utility player with the Nats. Bloomquist has also been mentioned as the kind of player the Mets might be looking for.

This post on suggests South Kitsap grad Aaron Cunningham could very likely start the season at Triple-A next year despite playing well for the Padres.

Finally, for the reader who wanted to know about how Central Kitsap grad Todd Linden fared this year in Japan, here’s the finals stats for Tohokou Rakuten Golden Eagles. Linden was injured early and never did get untracked. He hit .185 and played in just 53 games.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association hosts its annual awards banquet on Wednesday at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. Silverdale’s Randy Corley, once again, is up for announcer of the year. The man with the smooth, velvet voice has done more to put the Kitsap Stampede on the map than anyone. Here’s a full list of nominees. Here’s 10 things you should know about the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which runs Dec. 2-11 in Vegas. All 10 rounds will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN Classic or webcast on ESPN3.


Bree Schaaf of Bremerton competes in her second World Cup bobsled race of the year on Friday at Park City, Utah. She’s coming off a sixth-place finish at Whistler, B.C. … Swimmer Nathan Adrian of Bremerton will compete in the U.S. Short-Course Nationals Thursday through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and heads to Dubai for the World Short-Course Championships on Dec. 15-19. The University of California senior established himself as one of the elite sprinters in the world and should be among the favorites for a gold medal in 2012 in London in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. …  I’ve been told golfer Troy Kelly is still experiencing some soreness, but is making progress after his hip replacement surgery. The Central Kitsap grad shot a 64 recently at the Plantation Golf Course in Palm Springs, Calif. Here’s some background on Kelly’s surgery, which took place in early September.

Durham, Flora, Redhawks to Play Beavers, Huskies at KeyArena

With sophomore Brandon Durham, a 6-7 forward from Central Kitsap and Lane CC, and freshman guard Jarell Flora from Bremerton on the roster, some of you might be interested in the Seattle Redhawks 2010-11 schedule that was released on Wednesday. In case you missed it, the Redhawks also extended the contract of coach Cameron Dollar.

Another intriguing player on SU’s roster this year is 6-7 forward Clarence Trent, the transfer from Washington who played his sophomore and junior seasons at Gig Harbor.

Among SU home games at KeyArena are Pac-10 foes Oregon State (Nov. 17) and Washington (Feb. 22).

New Hawks’ Coach Could Be Good for Marvin

Marvin Williams has started four years for the Atlanta Hawks, but when people talk about the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft it’s usually pointed out that Atlanta could have taken Deron Williams or Chris Paul.

Here’s an interesting take from Hoops World, which points out that Atlanta’s isolation offense pretty much left Marvin as an isolation shooter the past couple of seasons. But with a new coach (assistant Larry Drew takes over for fired Mike Woodson) calling the shots, it’s possible Marvin will become a bigger part of the Hawks’ offense.

Drew has been on the Hawks bench as an assistant for the past six seasons and has been adamant all summer long about showcasing the strengths of his players this year (i.e. restricting Josh Smith’s perimeter attempts). Expect Williams to be placed in a lot more favorable situations this year to succeed — the question is can he capitalize on them? 

You need to scroll down to the middle of the story — The Road to Redemption — to get to the analysis  about Marvin.

Marvin Williams Blackout Party Coming Saturday

Marvin Williams is apparently bringing some of his NBA friends to town for his blackout party.
The invitation on Facebook (which was sent to the Kitsap Sun) said he’s bringing Raymond Felton and Sean May, both former teammates at North Carolina.
What the heck is the blackout party? Well, it’s to support the “highly anticipated release of Pyro’s ‘Pieces To The Puzzle.'”