Seattle wants to make its program attractive

Seattle isn't eligible for the NCAA tournament until 2013, but the currently independent program remains very much in the mix to gain inclusion in the WAC.

The WAC is scheduled to visit the campus in the near future, and commissioner Karl Benson reiterated his interest level Monday in extending an invitation to Seattle to join.

"Seattle U was on our list and is still on our list," said Benson, whose league is in flux and could lose another team if Hawaii basketball heads to the Big West.

That's all good news for Seattle coach Cameron Dollar, who lost Charles Garcia when he declared early for the NBA draft and went undrafted, but is building for the future after receiving a long-term contract in the offseason.

Freshman guard Sterling Carter leads the Redhawks averaging 16.6 points per game after transferring from Pacific, where he redshirted last season and then gained immediate eligibility upon receiving a hardship waiver.

Carter went to Franklin High in Seattle, and Dollar also expects to get three years of 6-foot-5 forward Clarence Trent, a Tacoma native who is sitting out the season after transferring from Washington.

The Seattle area is a plentiful recruiting base for Dollar, with the team also playing its games in KeyArena.

There will be days where the Redhawks (2-5) lose badly, but they won 17 games last season playing Division I teams and last week beat Oregon State for a second straight year.

"The plan is to make ourselves as attractive as we can be," Dollar said. "My deal is to keep building it."