After nine years (2009-17) at Garfield where he led the Seattle basketball powerhouse to a pair of state championships, Haskins joined Ernie Kent’s staff at Washington State.
Ed Haskins is loving his new job, but the transition from Garfield High boys basketball coach to Washington State men’s assistant would be a little nicer if not for his former players.
Last month, ex-Bulldogs star Brayon Blake scored a game-high 26 points to lead Idaho to a 91-64 win over the Cougars.
Last Saturday, former Bulldogs standout Jaylen Nowell tallied 15 points, including the final bucket to secure a 70-65 comeback win for Washington against its in-state rivals.
Considering Haskins is 0-2 in reunions with former players, he might be a little uneasy about Thursday’s game against Stanford and ex-Garfield High sensation Daejon Davis.
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“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Haskins said. “I’m competitor so when we step inside the lines it’s all about competing. But at the same time, I was the coach, mentor, role model and whatever I was the last however many years for those guys. So yeah, it’s tough. There’s two sides of the coin.
“But it’s part of it. It’s the business of basketball and that’s what I’m learning at this level.”
Losing is never fun, but Haskins admits a part of him continues to root for his former players.
“It’s funny because every time Jaylen made a basket, I’m used to thinking that’s my guy — that’s Kobe,” Haskins said referring to Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant. “That’s what we called him at Garfield. And then you quickly realize, he’s wearing a different purple right now.
“But it doesn’t really matter. You’re still extremely proud of him. And the huge jump that he made from high school to major D-1 basketball. It’s been incredible.”
The same can be said for Haskins.
After nine years (2009-17) at Garfield where he led the Seattle powerhouse to a 213-34 (. 862 winning percentage) record and a pair of state championships (2014 and ’15), Haskins accepted an offer to join Ernie Kent’s staff at Washington State.
“There was a time that I wanted to make the jump to college coaching and probably I would say the last 3-5 years, I just kind of settled in,” said Haskins, a special education instructor who served as Garfield’s athletic…