Saturday’s game against Utah State proved just how indispensable freshman Deshaun Sunderhaus is to the Redhawks.
With him in the lineup almost every other game, Seattle U ranked 9th in the entire nation in rebounding. Without him, they were outrebounded by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. In the first half, the Redhawks had zero offensive boards. None.
Sunderhaus’s tenacity on the boards was missed, and so was his scoring. For the second straight game the Redhawks didn’t break the 20-point barrier by halftime. They got away with it against San Jose State because the Spartans were just as woeful on offense, but the Aggies… not so much.
Unsurprisingly, they lost by 22. Chad Rasmussen was the scoring leader with 10 points.
It’s amazing how important Sunderhaus has become in his first year of college basketball. Cameron Dollar surprised almost everyone by starting the forward at the beginning of the season, and it took only a couple of games to see why.
With a couple more seasons to learn the college game better and become a better decision-maker, Sunderhaus could easily become an all-WAC player. He’s got a good motor, a nose for the basket, an improving midrange shot, and solid low-post skills. That’s a lot for a guy who still can’t legally have a drink.
As for the rest of Saturday’s game? It was ugly enough to make you want a drink yourself.
The bright side was the crowd, which was one of the best of the season. A KeyArena environment like that is one of the better ones in which to watch a college basketball game. Here’s hoping for more of that in the last two home games of the season.