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October 12, 2006 at 9:07 AM

Opportunity knocking

Coaches always say that an injury to one player means an oppotunity for another.
So the temporary loss of Spencer Hawes and the more long-term absence of Joe Wolfinger means big-time opportunity for Artem Wallace and Hans Gasser.
I asked UW coach Lorenzo Romar about Artem the other day and he said that Wallace has “put on 10 pounds of muscle. He is the one that we are watching really closely because when he came here, we recruited him to come in and be a scorer for us, to be a presence down there. So we are pulling for him to be able to do that.”
Asked if he had seen signs that Wallace is on track to become that kind of player, Romar said, “we saw signs earlier. We saw signs last year in practice. Now he’s got to transition that over to game situations.”
As for Gasser, his momentary hurdle is getting completely recovered from a shoulder separation suffered in August. But Romar said he thinks Gasser has a chance to emerge as a major contributor this season. He said he thinks he erred at times last year in not putting Gasser on the floor more, pointing out how Gasser had a key role in the Wooden Classic win at New Mexico.
That game came just before Mike Jensen returned. Once Jensen came back, Gasser moved one spot down the rotation and found it hard to get back in the lineup.
But for now, with Hawes and Wolfinger sidelined, Wallace and Gasser have their chances.
The Huskies will hold a media day today in part to promote the Husky Hoopla Friday night, so we’ll have more in this space after that, including, hopefully, an update on Hawes.
Finally, it’s worth pointing out again that if you can’t make it to Husky Hoopla, it will be televised live on FSN.

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