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December 20, 2005 at 5:08 PM

Jensen’s return

The big news of the week – heck, maybe the only real news, considering the opponent is Lehigh – is that Mike Jensen is coming back.
Lorenzo Romar and Jensen each met the media today and discussed his return, and I’ll have a full report on that in Wednesday’s edition of the Times.
The short version is that Jensen will initially come off the bench with his long-term role still to be determined.
“We’ll get him in there for a few minutes [Friday] and see how it goes,” Romar said of Jensen, who hasn’t played all season after dislocating his left shoulder in October.
Jensen said the obvious – that he’d like to start but is OK with whatever role the team has for him right now.
As I’ll detail in Wednesday’s paper, one of Jensen’s big roles could be three-point shooting – he is a career 37.2-percent shooter from the line, which right now would rank him second on the team. Only Ryan Appleby is shooting better than that.
Jensen also said that during the offseason he improved on catching, dribbling for a step or two and then shooting.
Jensen is also an experienced defender, an asset Romar said can’t be ignored.
Romar now has the somewhat happy task that comes from having a good team – trying to find minutes for so many deserving players. Romar said he thinks his inside group “collectively” is the best he has had as a head coach, and said he still hopes to find time for Hans Gasser and Artem Wallace, the two reserves whose minutes would seem to be the most impacted by Jensen’s return.
There should be more than enough to go around against Lehigh, but it will begin to get interesting when UW hosts Arizona State on Dec. 29.
Odds and ends
• Romar said injured guard Harvey Perry (back) would begin the rehabilitation phase of his recovery Dec. 28. How well that progresses will determine if he will play this season or redshirt.
• Bobby Jones, nursing a sore ankle, was scheduled to return to practice today – the media meeting was before practice began. If there are no hiccups, he should be fine for Friday, Romar said.
• Here’s a link to an interesting story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about Missouri guard Thomas Gardner and his apparent interest in transferring to UW last offseason.
He would have been quite a get for the Huskies. He is leading the Big 12 in scoring at 22.3 points per game, as the story details.
I’m not sure the story isn’t overselling how close he came to becoming a Husky, however. I asked UW assistant Cameron Dollar about this and he said it never really got that close because they never really thought Gardner was going to leave Missouri.
If you recall, UW had quite a scholarship logjam last offseason, getting a commitment at one point from Louisville transfer Lorrenzo Wade, who ended up attending San Diego State instead.
As for the coaching connection mentioned in the story, UW assistant Jim Shaw coached one of Gardner’s AAU coaches.
Pac-10 news
Here’s a few stories from around the conference I found interesting.
First, here’s the release on a new addition to Cal’s team, a guard who will be immediately eligible. He could really help them, with one story indicating that some scouts have compared him favorably to Luke Ridnour.
And here’s two columns from Arizona’s win Monday night over Sam Houston State.
The first talks about Arizona’s surprising attendance problems relating to some moves it made to accommodate students.
The second is about Arizona’s reaction to being left out of this week’s polls.

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