Unlike a week ago, when Lorenzo Romar was pondering lineup changes and insisting that his team wasn’t sliding out of control, today’s weekly press conference was relatively uneventful.
Such is the life of a team back on track.
Romar said the starting lineup will remain the same. “We’re 2-0 with it so we’re going to go from there,” he said.
Romar also said Harvey Perry practiced Monday, but was limited in his work with doctors wanting to bring him back slowly. That Perry is being brought back slowly seems to indicate he will redshirt this season. Romar said anything is still possible but admitted that if he doesn’t begin playing soon, it won’t make sense for him to play this season.
Here are some other notes:
Romar said again that Joel Smith is struggling to get in the lineup as other players – namely, Brandon Burmeister – stepping up. Romar has said several times that Smith benefitted often last year when he was set up by Nate Robinson, etc., but has struggled this year when forced to make his own decisions and create his own opportunities.
The Huskies will be featured on two episodes of ESPN2’s “The Season” tonight, and Romar said he thinks the exposure is good for his program, though he admitted it was “awkward” at times having cameras around constantly. The program should be interesting as it focuses on a two-week period that included the games at Stanford and Washington State.
Several Huskies – Brandon Roy, Justin Dentmon, Bobby Jones, Mike Jensen and Zane Potter – visited Children’s Hospital and Medical Center on Monday. Roy said the visit was a good reminder that while basketball may be important, it’s still just a game.
Romar said in he thinks this weekend – with games at Oregon and Oregon State – will really prove if Washington has turned a corner from the three-game losing streak.
“If we go on the road and handle our business the right way, I will feel we are headed in the right direction at the right time,” he said.