Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Seattle U had itself a very big day
By Diamond Leung
Seattle, the feisty independent transitioning to Division I that won 17 games under coach Cameron Dollar last year, made some noise on Tuesday.
While the school made a presentation to WAC officials in Dallas while bidding for future membership in the conference, Dollar got an in-home recruiting visit with guard Tony Wroten Jr., ESPNU's No. 31-ranked player in the 2011 class.
Neither courtship means a match will be made, but that Seattle has gotten itself into the conversation means a seat at the table with the big boys might not be far away.
Already it's a coup that Dollar managed to make Seattle a finalist in the mind of Wroten, who attends high school in the city and is also considering Washington, Louisville, Connecticut and Villanova.
Seattle might be an underdog in this race, but it's clear that Dollar's development of Charles Garcia as a pro prospect has introduced the program to recruits who might not have otherwise given the Redhawks a second thought.
Meanwhile, WAC conference commissioner Karl Benson has made clear his interest in having non-football playing schools Seattle and Denver potentially join the league.
If invited, Seattle would be in line for WAC membership beginning in the 2012-13 season when the program becomes eligible for the NCAA tournament.
Benson said this morning that in the next 30 to 60 days, the WAC would make campus visits to Seattle, Denver, Montana, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State. The conference could extend invitations during that period, with the domino effect of expansion especially benefiting Seattle.
All the while, for a coach who recently received a contract extension, Dollar has to be sitting in a Starbucks somewhere smiling.