Clutching a purple-colored pad close to his chest, Mike Hopkins looked like a modern-day basketball gladiator as he directed a layup drill at a recent practice. “Hit me!” the new Washington men’s basketball coach barked. “Run through and finish!”
The impact of a newly elected president is often measured by what he achieves in his first 100 days, but what about a newly hired college basketball coach? After all, it has been 100 days – OK, technically 103 – since Mike Hopkins replaced Lorenzo Romar at Washington.
New Washington coach Mike Hopkins has rounded out his coaching staff by hiring former UNLV coach Dave Rice as an assistant coach. Rice spent last season as an assistant at Nevada after being fired midway through the 2015-16 season at UNLV. Rice led UNLV to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013.
Nathan Hale’s Michael Porter Jr., considered one of the top boys basketball recruits in the nation, said Wednesday he asked for a release from his letter of intent from the University of Washington. The decision was prompted by the firing of coach Lorenzo Romar. On Thursday morning, the school announced that it had granted Porter the requested release.
Mike Hopkins was hired Sunday at Washington, which moved swiftly after firing Lorenzo Romar four days earlier. Hopkins agreed to a six-year deal, with financial terms expected to be released in a few days.
SEATTLE – Washington is expected to become one of the most desirable destinations in college basketball after its decision to fire Lorenzo Romar but one with a lot of question marks. The school has proven it can be a winner with a regular-season conference title, conference tournament titles and a trip to the Sweet 16 within the past 10 years.
Washington fired coach Lorenzo Romar on Wednesday after 15 seasons at the school, a fate that seemed certain once the Huskies failed to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year despite a steady stream of NBA talent.
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