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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

May 9, 2007 at 8:10 AM

Some better news

Not anticipating anything new on the Artem Wallace front for a while, so we’ll move on to some better news coming out of Montlake.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar on Tuesday confirmed much of what we’d seen and heard anecdotally about guard Justin Dentmon returning to his former shape.
“He’s got his weight down and he’s got his quickness back and he’s been doing real good,” Romar said.
Dentmon said near the end of the season that he thought an attempt to put on weight to add some muscle and bulk was a major factor to his struggles (you can read more about that here).
Dentmon will face some stiff competition to keep his job next season with Venoy Overton arriving and Tim Morris and Joel Smith also back in the mix, so getting, and staying, in shape figures to be critical.
Romar also gave an encouraging report on center Joe Wolfinger, who missed last season with a stress fracture in his foot.
Romar said Wolfinger is “just starting to run full speed now and he doesn’t have any pain and he looks good. He’s just continuing to rehab. He hasn’t had any setbacks.”
Wolfinger is far from out of the woods on this, but Romar said the plan remains for him to be able to participate fully when the team heads to Greece in late August. That trip, obviously, figures to be a key barometer of where Wolfinger is in his recovery.
Wolfinger is attempting to overcome the injury, suffered last fall, without surgery. He has said he had surgery scheduled twice but each time the date neared, the foot began to feel better so the surgery was called off.
Speaking of the Greece trip, final plans are being made for that right now, but it is likely to begin around Aug. 26 and last until right around Sept. 4.
Also, expect an announcement soon that the Huskies will be the hosts for an opening round of the pre-season NIT at Edmundson Pavilion, along with expected opponents. It’s apparently all but done.
Among the other hosts of the opening rounds are expected to be Ohio State and Syracuse, meaning those are among the teams UW could face if it were to win its two opening-round games at home and then advance to the semifinals and finals in New York.
Some of you have asked about rest of the schedule for next season, but it won’t be released until the announcement of the pre-season NIT, at the least. But among the known non-conference games are the Big 12 Challenge at Oklahoma State on Dec. 1, a game at LSU on Dec. 29, and a visit by Pittsburgh, also in December.
UW is also expected to again host Portland State, coached by former Husky assistant Ken Bone (though Phil Nelson won’t play since he would be sitting out as a redshirt) and Long Beach State, where former Gonzaga coach Dan Monson is the new coach.
UPDATE —- The Pitt game at home will be Dec. 8. UW will also host Portland, Eastern Washington and Idaho State and is still looking for one more home game against a similar-type opponent.
It’s a schedule that could give UW four marquee road games before the Pac-10 season starts — at Oklahoma State, at LSU and two games in the NIT if UW advances that far. And that would be a schedule that would undoubtedly get the team ready for conference play, an obvious criticism of the schedule the Huskies put together last season.

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