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December 22, 2005 at 5:23 PM

Update before Lehigh

Here are a few notes and quotes as the Huskies prepare to take on Lehigh Friday night in their final non-conference game before beginning Pac-10 play.

  • Justin Dentmon won’t start at point guard after showing up late for practice Thursday and will be replaced by Ryan Appleby. UW officials cautioned that Dentmon apparently was just a few minutes late for reasons that were largely beyond his control, but that since the rules are the rules, he will still have to pay a minor penalty. He is expected to play.
  • I’ll have more detail on it in the paper Friday, but this wasn’t an easy week for Mike Jensen as he suffered a slight broken nose on Wednesday and was poked in the eye on Thursday, both in collisions with teammate Jon Brockman. But Jensen said he will play against Lehigh and shouldn’t be hindered much.
    Jensen said his shoulder – he had surgery on his left shoulder after it was dislocated before practice began and hasn’t played all season – feels fine.

  • I talked with Marv Harshman again this week to get his thoughts on the fact that UW could get its 800th all-time win at Edmundson Pavilion Friday, which I am writing about in Friday’s paper.
    But I also asked Harshman what he thinks of this year’s team and here’s what he said:
    “I’ve been pleased with the young guys,” he said. “They show their youth at times, but they’ve got some competitors. (Dentmon) has played a little better than I thought he might. I watched practice a couple of times earlier in the year and I felt he had been more of a ‘me’ player in high school. He does create a lot, but he sees the court pretty well, and I think overall, he maybe does a better job than they did last year in reading situations.
    “And then Brockman, he’s just gold and he’s going to get better all the time. I like (Artem) Wallace in practice, he just has less experience. He just needs to play more and he’s going to be a good player.
    “I have high hops for (Joe Wolfinger, who is sitting out this year). I think we might finally have a real center there.
    “Overall, I’m not sure I’ve seen anybody do a better job in three or four years than Lorenzo has because boy, when you’re down, it usually takes 3-4 years to get up where you want to be.”

  • Brandon Roy was among those Huskies who watched with interest as USC beat North Carolina Wednesday night. Roy was particularly taken with the play of Lodrick Stewart, who scored 18 points.
    Roy said he agreed with the comment of analyst Marques Johnson that Stewart finally looked like the same player who generated so much excitement while at Rainier Beach High.
    “He was playing so hard and so nasty, like he had a chip on his shoulder,” Roy said.

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