The Huskies (13-6, 5-2 Pac-12) have benefitted greatly from the quick rapport between Andrew Andrews and Dejounte Murray, who comprise the league’s highest scoring tandems and one of the best backcourts in the Pac-12.

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LOS ANGELES – After draining a winning putback in the final seconds to defeat USC earlier this month, the television producers requested Andrew Andrews for a postgame on-camera interview.

Washington’s budding star, who has become a media darling this season, agreed to the interview on one condition – teammate Dejounte Murray had to join him.

“That just shows what type of dude he is,” Murray said. “In fact, everybody on our team is like that. … With Andrew, he really doesn’t care who gets the credit. He’s been here longer than any of us when they didn’t win as many games as they wanted.”


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Andrews added: “Dejounte’s ability to shift and go from left to right laterally is unmatched. His speed, athleticism and just the package at such a young age is something you don’t see too often.”

The Huskies (13-6, 5-2 Pac-12) have benefited greatly from the quick rapport between Andrews and Murray, who comprise the league’s highest-scoring tandem and one of the best backcourts in the Pac-12.

Andrews, a rugged 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior built for contact, leads the conference in scoring at 21.7 points. Meanwhile Murray, a slender 6-4½ and 170-pound slasher, is first among Pac-12 freshmen with a 16.7 scoring average in conference games.

In Pac-12 play, a span of seven games, Andrews averages 25.3 points and 5.4 assists while Murray averages 5.0 assists. They’ve had a hand in 76 percent of Washington’s scoring in conference play.

The pair also leads UW in rebounding, with Murray averaging 6.4 rebounds, Andrews 6.2.

What’s the secret to their success?

“Trust is the biggest thing,” Andrews said. “Any time you have a player like him and you give up the ball, you know a good thing is going to happen.

“Even if it’s not a good play, you know he’s trying to do the right thing. You know there are no ulterior motives.”

Andrews added: “A lot of freshmen, when they come in, they try to do everything too quick. But he knows what he wants to do. He knows where he wants the ball on the floor.”

They first met six years ago at an all-star game in Oregon. Murray was an eighth-grader from Seattle and Andrews a senior in Portland.

“I asked who’s going to Washington next year and that game had Andrew Andrews, Tony (Wroten) and Hikeem Stewart,” Murray said. “I knew Hikeem and Tony, but I didn’t know Andrew Andrews. I saw him. Went up to him and shook his hand.

“It’s crazy that we’re teammates now.”

Andrews, who attended Murray’s prep games at Rainier Beach High, helped recruit him to UW. Then it was Murray who aided the Huskies in retaining Andrews.

“Last summer there was a lot of rumors going around that he might be out of here and transferring,” Murray said. “I knew he wasn’t leaving because he was real with me. We stayed talking. And once I actually got here and he got here, we got to work just building our bond. Now it’s just unbelievable.”

Washington’s dynamic duo will be tested again at 7 p.m. Thursday at UCLA (12-8, 3-4) against the Pac-12’s second-highest-scoring backcourt. Bruins junior guard Bryce Alford ranks fifth in the conference at 16.7 points per game while junior Isaac Hamilton is seventh at 16.3.

Their first matchup resulted in Washington’s epic 96-93 double-overtime victory, which included a career-high 35 points from Andrews. Alford, despite missing his first 10 shots, was also brilliant while scoring 30 points and connecting on two clutch three-pointers that forced both extra periods.

At the end, Andrews made the biggest plays – he scored seven points in the final overtime for UW, which outscored UCLA 13-10.

“I’m not surprised because he’s been a bucket-getter,” Murray said. “People said he couldn’t make plays, but he had 12 assists (at Arizona State). … I’m proud of that dude. Like I told him, I’m excited for his future.”

Murray’s future also appears to be bright.

ESPN’s Chad Ford projects he’ll be taken 27th overall in the first round of the this summer’s NBA draft along with UW freshman Marquese Chriss, who is tabbed to go 25th overall.

If Murray returns, projects he’ll be a lottery pick and taken ninth overall in the 2017 draft.

Murray said he’s focused on this season and snapping Washington’s five-year NCAA tournament drought.

“I’m not worried about that stuff,” Murray said. “Like Jamal (Crawford) tells me, he says go play basketball and enjoy college. Go to school and meet new people. Go have fun. Enjoy it and try to get to the tournament.

“We’re not worried about nothing else. That’s exactly what it is. I’m not worried about the NBA because it’s not going anywhere as long as I stay healthy and work on my game. I’m just enjoying the moment right here at the University of Washington.”