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March 19, 2007 at 9:26 PM

Some thoughts from Romar

Had a chance to talk with Lorenzo Romar today about several different topics, some of which I’ll save for later, but some of which I’ll pass along now.
— Asked him about what’s happening with Spencer Hawes and he said Hawes is going on vacation for the rest of spring break (to Maui) and sometime after that may have a decision. Romar said he’s not in any hurry to get a decision from Hawes, though one must come by the deadline to declare of April 29.
Romar said there’s a chance Hawes will decide to declare so he can attend tryout camps to get opinions from NBA scouts, but leave the option open of coming back.
“I’m not sure if he will, but if he did, it would make a lot of sense,” Romar said. “That’s what they are there for.”
As for Hawes being with Kevin Durant’s family at the USC-Texas game, Romar pointed out that Hawes is good friends with a lot of players he met on the AAU circuit, such as Durant and North Carolina’s Ty Lawson.
“I’m sure they are probably discussing their situations, that would only be natural,” Romar said. “But I wouldn’t read more into it than that.”
— Romar attended Justin Holiday’s playoff game this weekend, which you can read about here, as Holiday scored 24 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a win in the California State Div. IV Regional final.
“If you watched him, you wouldn’t say he’s a lottery pick, but you would say that, number one, he keeps getting better and better, but number two, he really helps you,” Romar said. “He just understands how to win games.”
Romar pointed to a play late in the game where the center for Horizon — 7-foot Jeff Withey, who has signed with Louisville — appeared headed for a basket in the final 20 seconds that might have put his team ahead. Instead, Holiday reached in and forced a jump ball which led to his younger brother Jrue Holiday then making the three throws that sealed the game.
“He’s getting better offensively all the time,” Romar said of Justin Holiday, a 6-6 swingman.
— In case you haven’t noticed, three Pac-10 teams made it to the Sweet 16 — and the Huskies beat all three this season (conceding that Aaron Brooks didn’t play for Oregon). It doesn’t do the Huskies any good now, but for Romar, it’s some validation that part of Washington’s struggles this year was the strength of the conference.
“I think people were aware of how strong the Pac-10 was, but I don’t know if they were really aware,” Romar said. “There easily could have been four Pac-10 teams in the Sweet 16. The Pac-10 was strong, I think we are seeing that now. I think when it’s all said and done, if they could look back and look at the Pac-10 (and what it has done in the tournament) they would say Washington probably should have been in the NIT.”

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