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September 14, 2006 at 5:07 PM

Conroy, Harrick and other notes

Fellow Times staff Michael Ko filled in for me today at UW and happened to notice some interesting faces hanging out at Hec Ed.
So we’re combining to give you one big blog entry here.
First, Ko saw Will Conroy playing with the rest of the current Huskies for their daily pick-up game.
Conroy said his leg is about 95 percent after having had surgery this summer and that he leaves Sunday for a one-week tryout with the Chicago Bulls. He said the Bulls had pursued him last year before he signed a deal with the Spurs.
Also there was former UCLA coach Jim Harrick — the man who got Lorenzo Romar into college coaching by offering him an assistant’s job. Harrick, now coach of the Bakersfield (Calif.) entry in the NBA Developmental League, said he was in town for a brief summer vacation to visit Romar.
Asked his thoughts on the Huskies, he said they were “one-two, talent-wise” in the Pac-10 this year, meaning they are among the top two teams in terms of talent.
He said Quincy Pondexter “changes the level of athleticism on the team. Takes it to another level” and was impressed by the shooting of transfer Tim Morris. He also praised the team’s depth, saying “there’s a lot of guys. It’s a deep team.”
In a humorous moment, Harrick noticed another player — Jamal Crawford — who he apparently didn’t recognize at first. Told it was Crawford, Harrick said “I’m thinking ‘Romar never told me about this guy.”’
Many of those players will be participating this weekend at the Pro-Am League finals at Rainier Beach High School.
The playoffs begin Saturday at Rainier Beach and are a great chance to see a lot of these guys up close.
Cost is only $2 and game times are 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Expected to participate are Conroy, Brandon Roy, Crawford, Nate Robinson and Martell Webster and incoming UW players Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver and Pondexter. Current UW players cannot play due to NCAA rules — since school hasn’t started yet, the freshmen aren’t yet considered current players.
Hawes, Oliver and Pondexter are all expected to play in a game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. If they win, they will play again Sunday.
Proceeds benefit the Rainier Beach track team.
Unfortuntately, those games run at the same time as the UW football game Saturday so I won’t be able to go. But I’d love to hear reports from anyone who can. Games continue Sunday and next weekend.
Also, it’s a big recruiting weekend for UW with 6-8 power forward Darnell Gant of Los Angeles taking his official recruiting visit. Word is it’s down to UW, Oregon and Kentucky for his services. Also in this weekend is Isaiah Thomas of Curtis, who has already committed.

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