Jaylen Nowell and Washington face Daejon Davis and Stanford on Saturday in a matchup between two early season surprise teams knotted in a three-way tie for second in the conference standings.
Of course Jaylen Nowell called Daejon Davis, because he had to know.
The Washington Huskies freshman watched his brother — they’re not related, but the term aptly describes their relationship that predates whatever rivalry anyone tries to foist upon them — sink a miracle 50-footer as time expired to give Stanford a 77-76 win over USC last Sunday.
The shot — the Cardinal’s first buzzer-beater in 14 years — has been called the “Miracle at Maples Pavilion” and replayed countless times on cable sports shows.
Stanford @ Washington, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
“I talk to him every day, so I called after that and I asked, ‘Did you think that was going in?’ ” Nowell said, laughing. “He told me yes. And you know what, I believe him.
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“That just shows you the level of confidence that he has as a player. He’s always had that. From the very beginning.”
Nowell should know.
They began their basketball journeys together. Back in 2005, they were a couple of kindergarten boys at St. Therese School who fell in love with the sport and spent most afternoons playing at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club in Seattle’s Central District.
The game connected them like it does many kids. But their story is unique because the basketball prodigies supported, pushed and competed as teammates while rising past their peers.
On Saturday, their paths intersect once again in a way neither imagined two years ago when they signed scholarship papers to play for the hometown Huskies.
Nowell and Washington (13-4, 3-1 Pac-12) face Davis and Stanford (9-8, 3-1) at Alaska Airlines Arena in a 5 p.m. matchup between two…