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October 13, 2006 at 4:39 PM

Hoopla preview

If you are still within shouting distance and thinking of heading to Hec Ed, I recommend you doing so if you ever want to see a Husky Hoopla type event again.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he’ll decide whether to do something like this again based in large part on how well received it is.
Asked Thursday what would constitute a good crowd, Romar said every seat didn’t have to be filled but that he would like “the place to look like it’s full.”
Romar isn’t taking the team away for the first weekend of practice as he has every other year at UW, in large part because of Husky Hoopla.
The most exciting aspect of the night figures to be the dunk contest. Several players talked of having some trick dunks in store, such as leaping over one or two people on their way to the hoop. An early favorite might be freshman Adrian Oliver, who won a competition in his native Modesto, Calif., this summer.
Artem Wallace is also a surprisingly good dunker for those who have never seen him do it before, and Quincy Pondexter and Phil Nelson also have good hops.
Romar was asked Thursday if he was worried about any players getting hurt trying elaborate dunks. He evoked laughter by comparing such dunks to guys who dive off cliffs, saying that he never understood how somebody practiced diving off a 70-foot cliff. His point was that these guys have been practicing these dunks for a while — and likely would anyway whether there was a competition or not — so it wasn’t anything worth worrying about.
There will apparently also be some skits, as well as scrimmages featuring the men’s and women’s teams.
We’ll have full coverage here and on our Web site and in the newspaper Saturday, so keep checking back.

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