If Washington was an automobile, it would be a beat-up old Chevy. But Huskies coach Marv Harshman, 67, who'll retire next spring after 40 seasons, didn't get to be the nation's winningest active Division I coach (620 victories) by double clutching. Washington's entire front line is back from last season's 24-7 Pac-10 co-championship team, led by the amazing 6'9½" senior Detlef Schrempf, the Leverkusen, West Germany native who is the most versatile of college players. Schrempf led the Huskies in scoring (16.8 points per game), rebounding (7.4), and assists (3.0), while averaging barely two minutes' rest per game. His 7-foot countryman, Christian Welp, the Pac-10 freshman of the year in 1983-84, should blossom into a more dominating center after setting a Husky field-goal percentage record for centers of .570 while averaging 10.6 points. Paul For-tier, a 6'9" junior forward, was the Huskies' third-best assists man last year, and either he or Schrempf can back up Welp in the pivot until 6'7", 230-pound junior Reggie Rogers, a linebacker on Washington's football team, rounds into roundball shape. The major area of uncertainty is the backcourt. The ideal combination would be junior Gary Gardner at the point alongside sophomore Clay Damon, a good long-range shooter. Shag Williams, a starter last season, might be used as a sixth man. Of course, Harshman can move Schrempf to point guard, where, no joke, he could be the best in the Pac-10.
The Huskies may sputter early, but by January, Harshman says, "You'll begin to see our strength." Just like the old Chevy, you can count on it.