Andrews leads the Pac-12 in scoring with 19.7 points per game, is averaging 4.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds, and ranks sixth nationally in free throws and eighth in attempts . “He’s having a phenomenal year,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said.

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OK, so what’s up with the name?

Andrew Andrews grinned. He’s heard that question his entire life.

“When I was younger, people would say you have a funny name,” he said. “They wanted to know the story behind my name and I wouldn’t even answer because I didn’t know how to respond.


“I would say something like, ‘It’s family business.’ Now I just say I was adopted and leave it at that.”

In reality, the story is a little more complicated.

There was a time when Andrews shied away from telling this story. He either wasn’t old enough to make sense of it all or was a little embarrassed about revealing his family dynamics.

But he’s embraced it all now, particularly his name.

“It fits me,” Andrews said. “It makes me unique. It’s kind of like my story. It’s confusing and complicated. It has twists and turns. You never really get the full grasp of it.”

Andrews’ story is gaining popularity these days as Pac-12 play begins this weekend and his college career comes to a close.

Heading into Friday’s conference opener against No. 25 UCLA (9-4) at Alaska Airlines Arena, the 6-foot-2 guard leads the league in scoring with 19.7 points per game.

Andrews, who is averaging 4.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds, ranks sixth nationally in made free throws (86) and eighth in attempts (104).

“He’s having a phenomenal year,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “It can’t just be, ‘Oh yeah, he’s doing pretty good.’ No, no, no. He’s not just doing pretty good. He’s averaging (19) points per game. And he’s one of the top 10 assists leaders in the league.

Andrew Andrews file

Height, weight: 6-2, 200

Position: guard

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

High School: Benson Tech

“He’s being a leader. There’s just not many — in the 14 years that we’ve been here — who have played the way he’s playing.”

Unique family dynamic

The senior star on Washington men’s basketball team was born March 25, 1993, in Portland. His parents, Patricia Hall and Lee Williams Jr., named him Andrew Wray.

When asked why he wasn’t given the last name Hall or Williams, Andrews shrugged.

“That’s a part of the story I’m still trying to find out,” he said.

At age 4, his parents split up and that’s when his aunt Allison took over guardianship. She gave him her maiden name Andrews to foster a cohesive bond between them and her then 6-year-old son, Tyler.

“I never really came in touch with the name Wray,” Andrews said, adding: “I guess for a while, it was hyphenated and I took it out. I’m not sure what happened, but on my birth certificate, it’s just Andrew Andrews.”

He calls Allison, who married and took the last name Binns, his mom. She was the one who made him play a variety of sports — karate, tennis, ballet, swimming and football — until he began to flourish in basketball in the fourth grade.

Andrews also refers to his grandmother Donna Chinn as mom because she was a surrogate parent.

“My grandmother was like my baby-sitter,” Andrews said. “That’s how that whole mom thing came around. My mom (Binns) was working and my grandmother would be the one who would make us breakfast and take us to school. After school, she’d take care of us and she was always there for us.”

Hall returned to Andrews’ life when he was a freshman at Benson Tech. She lived across the street from his Portland home, and his father was also in the neighborhood.

“Growing up, I didn’t really know if we had a strange family dynamic or not,” Andrews said. “I was adopted so young that it was kind of just normal. Still to this day it’s not really awkward. I made it easy because I call all three Mom — my grandmother, my aunt and my biological mom.

“They’re all Mom. I consider them really all my mom. When we’re at family reunions and I say ‘Mom,’ all three of them say, ‘What?’ ”

Cementing a legacy

Andrews, whose legacy at Washington will be decided over the next few months, has been sensational at times this season. He tallied 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists during a 71-66 win over Charlotte.

After scoring a season-high 32 points — three shy of his personal best — in a 92-67 victory against TCU, Romar likened Andrews to former Washington star Isaiah Thomas.

“Sometimes Isaiah would just take a game over and he would impose his will on other teams,” Romar said. “Andrew has already done that to several teams in the preseason. He’s been able to impose his will in that regard.”

The 22-year-old captain is the only senior on a Washington team that starts four freshmen.

“It’s his first time when he’s had the opportunity to be a leader,” Romar said. “He’s embraced that 100 percent. He’s taken pride in it. He wants to do well. He wants to go out leading a successful team.”

He’s tied for 18th place with former Husky standout Bruno Boin on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,336 points. If Andrews maintains his current pace, he’ll finish the regular season with 1,691 career points, good for ninth all-time at Washington.

That’s more points than UW’s Pac-12 Hall of Honor recipients James Edwards (1,548), Steve Hawes (1,516), Louis Nelson (1,504), Brandon Roy (1,477) and Detlef Schrempf (1,478).

But Andrews isn’t immediately associated with the UW greats because of his teams’ records and a résumé devoid of memorable postseason accomplishments.

During his four-year career, Washington has posted a 60-50 record (.545). Andrews has never played in the NCAA tournament. He helped the Huskies to an NIT bid in 2013 as a freshman, and missed the postseason the past two years.

This season, Washington is stumbling into conference play following a disappointing 83-78 upset to UC Santa Barbara. UW was picked to finish 11th in a Pac-12 preseason media poll.

To break their four-year NCAA tourney absence, the Huskies (8-4) must finish with a winning conference record, something they haven’t done in three seasons. Or they’ll have to win the conference tournament, which they haven’t done since 2011.

With 18 regular-season games remaining in his college basketball career, Andrews is thinking a lot about legacy.

It kills him to think he might be remembered as the guy with the “funny name” who scored a lot of points on a bunch of pedestrian teams.

“The biggest thing is winning,” Andrews said. “The scoring is great, but if you don’t win, then your legacy is that of a loser. That may sound harsh, but that’s the way it is.

“So that’s the biggest thing driving me at this point. Winning games is all that matters.”

Pac-12 leading scorers
Player Team PPG
1. Andrew Andrews Washington 19.7
2. Josh Scott Colorado 18.4
3. Jakob Poeltl Utah 17.8
4. Gary Payton II Oregon State 16.8
5. Bryce Alford UCLA 16.5
5. Josh Hawkinson Washington State 16.5