SEATTLE — At no time during Monday’s 13½-minute interview did Mike Hopkins speak disparagingly about Jaden McDaniels, a once-in-a-decade basketball star with an assortment of skills that makes him a likely lottery pick in next year’s NBA draft.

SEATTLE — Perhaps Quade Green had a feeling a decision was nearing on his NCAA eligibility petition, which might explain why the Washington Huskies point guard worked overtime after Thursday night’s 87-63 exhibition win over Division II Western Washington.

Above: Washington’s Salvon Ahmed is tripped up by Oregon on a short gain on a carry in the second half on Saturday in Seattle. Oregon won 35-31. Right: Huskies head coach Chris Petersen walks on the field against Oregon in the second half.

SAN FRANCISCO — Nahziah Carter has no doubt the Huskies can repeat as Pac-12 champions and believes Washington reloaded with enough high-end talent to surpass last season’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

SEATTLE — The wait is nearly over for Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels and the legion of Washington men’s basketball fans anxious to see the most ballyhooed pairing of Husky freshman stars.