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August 16, 2006 at 9:44 PM

Perry’s back, and other news

A few of us media types ran into Lorenzo Romar at Hec Ed today while waiting for football practice to end — since we are not allowed to watch football practice other than the first 25 minutes, we usually hang out in the press room near the basketball locker room.
So we inevitably asked him a few questions and here’s some of what he said:
Romar said Harvey Perry’s back is just fine right now. But those last two words are key. Back injuries are always tricky for basketball players and it will always bear watching.
Romar joked that fielding questions about Perry’s back could take the place of all the questions he got last year about the team’s non-conference schedule, or what was wrong with Brandon Roy early in the season.
But as of now, Romar expects no problems for Perry this season. And that will make the Huskies just that much better this season as Perry could turn out to be one of the team’s best perimeter defenders as well as a solid all-around player in the backcourt.
Tim Morris had been scheduled to attend a local junior college this fall, then walk-on at UW in December. But Romar said that plan has now been nixed and Morris will enroll at UW this fall, meaning he will spend this entire season with the team as a practicing walk-on.
He will not be eligible to play this year, however, so he will sit out this season as a redshirt and will have one year of eligibility remaining next season. Morris has talked of appealing for a sixth year, but the success rate of those appeals is rare barring major injury.
Romar talked about the improvement of Joe Wolfinger and how much of a defensive help Wolfinger will be this season. At 7-feet tall, Wolfinger has the longest wing span on the team and Romar demonstrated how effective Wolfinger will be defensively simply by standing in the key with his hands held high by replicating that move with a reporter acting as a, uh, dummy.
When a few of us mentioned how impressive Adrian Oliver has looked in summer workouts, he talked of how he thinks Oliver will mimic Justin Dentmon’s success as a freshman.
Romar recalled how all the talk in the fall of 2004 was about Martell Webster and Jon Brockman and how he kept pointing out to people not to forget about Dentmon. Dentmon made Romar look like a prophet by turning in a solid freshman season that could parlay into a sophomore year in which he figures to be one of the top point guards on the West Coast.
This year, much of the emphasis has been on Spencer Hawes and Quincy Pondexter, and many people have overlooked Oliver, just as they overlooked Dentmon. That’s not to slight Hawes or Pondexter. But Romar was simply making the point that he thinks Oliver could, and should, generate just as much excitement.
Willingham then showed up and the conversation ended, but it was a welcome dose of basketball talk during the late summer.

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