Gaddy looks for strong finish to up-and-down career at UW

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In this Oct. 24, 2012 photo, Abdul Gaddy dribbles during an exhibition game against Western Washington in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE -- Abdul Gaddy scored more than 25 points per game his senior season at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, but he never came close to matching those stats at the University of Washington. That's led to some unwelcome criticism.

"When kids are in high school and college," said Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar. "I think it's crazy to attack someone if they're have a bad month or a bad season."

It wasn't one rough season though. Gaddy's lull lasted his entire career at Washington. He averaged between three and eight points per game in his first three seasons with the Huskies.

"I had high expectations for myself," Gaddy said. "I'm always trying to make myself better. I say that I did the best I could. I go out every game and give it all that I can."

It looked like Gaddy was ready to reach his potential as a sophomore, but then he tore his ACL in practice.

"I think he'd tell you right away that we didn't think he'd be here this long," said Romar. "The injury wasn't something we predicted. That was a huge setback for him."

Gaddy's numbers were never as gaudy as anyone expected, but they have gotten better almost every season. The senior is averaging 11 points and 3 rebounds per game this season -- both are career highs.

"I'm just having fun out there playing with my teammates," Gaddy said. "It's my last year, so I'm going to enjoy every second of it until we can't play anymore."

The Huskies aren't done yet. They have three regular season games and the Pac-12 Tournament remaining. That just might be enough time for Gaddy to still leave his mark at Washington.