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May 18, 2006 at 3:11 PM

More odds and ends

• Here’s an interesting blog from the Oregonian concerning Brandon Roy, with an item from analyst Chad Ford saying that Roy’s agent is refusing workout request from all but the teams that will have the top five picks in the draft. That order won’t be set until the lottery on Tuesday.
I talked with Roy last week and he said he wouldn’t set his workout schedule until after the lottery.
• And here’s report on Bobby Jones’ workout with the Utah Jazz.
Interesting that he was joined in his workout by UConn’s Rashad Anderson, who hit the shot that forced the Sweet 16 game into overtime. That was probably worth some playful banter between the two.
• Talked with Lorenzo Romar for a few minutes the other day while doing a story on his participation in some new commercials that will be debuting shortly. Here’s that story in case you missed it.
Several readers have asked how coaching the U-18 national team will impact Romar’s ability to recruit this summer in both good ways — he will obviously have access to some of the most highly-rated players available for the classes of 2007 and 2008 (there are a couple juniors trying out for the team, Romar said); and bad ways — will spending much of June working with the national team distract him from recruiting this summer?
As to the first question, Romar said he’s not sure if it’s completely a positive getting a chance to work so closely with some recruitable players.
“Some people say you can really blow it,” Romar said. “That the kid will think ‘boy, I don’t want to play for him.’ So it can go either way.
“But I can’t look at it as a recruiting opportunity. I have to look at it as a chance to represent our country with some of the best players at that age in the world. You can’t take away from that. You would cheat the opportunity if you looked at it otherwise.”
And Romar pointed out what we pointed out here a few days ago — that there will be a lot of other coaches there, as well, with Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt and DePaul’s Jerry Wainright serving as assistants, and the likes of Bruce Weber of Illinois helping out as a court coach during the trials when the team will be selected. Romar said Weber was asked to be an assistant for the entire session but couldn’t, due to a few other commitments.
As for the time away from his UW duties, the trials will end before the July recruiting period gets going so it shouldn’t be much of a distraction.
• Romar also said Jamaal Williams is in Los Angeles working out and is hoping to get an invitation to an NBA camp as a free agent. Most consider it unlikely Williams will be drafted. Romar said if that doesn’t work out, Williams will head overseas. Williams has already finished his degree at UW.
Here’s a story that won’t make Husky fans too happy.
It reports that Brad Underwood, the junior college coach of Blake Young — the guard the Huskies brought in for a visit last month and thought would be an immediate impact player next season — has been hired at Kansas State. Young, you may recall, signed with Kansas State. Husky fans will surely think the worst. As the story points out, however, Underwood is a KSU grad who played there, and he and Huggins have known each other a while.
• Trying to project how prognosticators will rate the Pac-10 next season is fairly futile — though admittedly a fun way to pass the time — until we know exactly how the rosters will stack up. And that won’t happen until next month when underclassmen have to fully declare for the draft or decide to return to school.
That said, here’s an update on the four Pac-10 players still considering the NBA:
Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo.
Leon Powe.
Mustafa Shakur.
The Shakur story is the third item in that report. And while many may think losing a player who has been at best erratic, and at worst, a fairly big disappointment considering the hype that accompanied his arrival in Tuscon, I still think his loss would be a big blow for Arizona. He’d be a senior next year, and that kind of experience is hard to replace.

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