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Friday, November 26, 2004


ESPN's Jeff Shelman thinks so highly of Washington's Nate Robinson, he stepped out of his geographic bounds (the Midwest) to pen a tribute to the Huskies guard. I saw Nate in action last night against Utah and was blown away. Forget Brooks, Hernandez, Shakur, and the others. Robinson is the best point guard in the Pac-10. Without a doubt. Forget Gilchrist, Lucas, Thomas, and the others. Robinson may be the best point guard not named Chris Paul.

As impressive as Robinson's 29 points were, when he got the points was even more impressive. While it appeared as if the No. 22 Huskies were going to roll in this game, Utah rallied from 13 points down to make it close in the second half. When Utes big man Andrew Bogut cut to the basket and scored with 5:32 to play, Washington's lead was down to two, 62-60. And that's when Robinson did what top-level players are supposed to do. He took over. He split two defenders on the next possession (including Bogut) and scored a layup. Then, after Utah tied the game 64-64, Robinson really got going. He hit a 16-footer, then drove to the basket, then grabbed a loose ball on the defensive end that led to a Will Conroy layup.