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UW Huskies are ‘exceptionally talented,’ but Mike Hopkins has questions about young and inexperienced team

Mike Hopkins has plenty of questions about the Washington men’s basketball team and expects to get a little clarity after Thursday night’s exhibition opener at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Before facing Western Washington – a high-scoring, senior-laden Division II powerhouse picked to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference – the UW coach admitted there’s a fair amount of uncertainty surrounding the young and inexperienced Huskies, which returns just three players who had a significant role last season.

How does Washington replace departed stars Jaylen Nowell and Matisse Thybulle, the Pac-12’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year respectively?