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January 24, 2006 at 8:30 PM

Romar’s weekly press conference

Lorenzo Romar’s weekly press conference didn’t elicit a lot of news this week.
And really, that’s a good thing, as the Huskies don’t have a lot of questions at the moment, having won four a row, including one of their best games of the year in Saturday’s win over Oregon.
The big question of the day may have emanated from Lawrence, Kan., where it was announced that Micah Downs is leaving Kansas.
It’s only obvious to wonder whether Downs (who went to Bothell and Juanita) — said to be coming home to resolve some personal issues — would want to transfer to UW.
He might – he hasn’t said anything and refused comment to the one newspaper that got a hold of him today so it’s impossible to know what his future plans are.
But from talking to a few people, I don’t think there’s a real chance he’ll end up at UW.
The Huskies did offer Downs a scholarship back in the spring of 2004 before he committed to Kansas, which was before he began his senior season of high school.
But that was when the Huskies were just coming off their first NCAA appearance under Romar and the program was still in its infancy.
Washington’s — and Romar’s — stature has each grown since then and the UW coaches can be a little more selective in their recruiting now. Not that Downs isn’t really talented, but that just might not be the way they would want to go right now.
Plus, there is the simple numbers game — at the moment, UW is full up on scholarships for the 2006-07 season. That could change, and obviously UW signed players last year when it didn’t have spots available at that very moment.
But it’s also another factor to consider. I would imagine that if a spot does open at some point, UW will want some flexibility and won’t want to have committed that scholarship already.

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