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Husky Men's Basketball

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

July 16, 2007 at 6:50 PM

A few quick notes

As the title implies, here’s a hodgepodge of information gleaned in the last few hours:
—- The Huskies will begin practicing for the trip to Greece around Aug. 15 or so. The team is allowed 10 practices, which is one of the major benefits of taking such a trip. The Huskies will be in Greece roughly Aug. 25 to Sept. 4 or so, playing 4-5 games while there. Only returning players can take part, meaning the four incoming freshmen will not make the trip.
—- There’s really nothing significantly new to report on Joe Wolfinger. He’s continuing on his rehab and while it sounds as if it’s going fine, UW coaches continue to say the real litmus test will be how he performs in Greece. That trip will tell a lot about what kind of role he will be able to have this season. (All that said, we’ll try to catch up with Wolfinger soon for an update).
— The contract extension for Lorenzo Romar should be announced in the next week or two. UW officials say everything has been agreed on, it’s just a matter of getting the appropriate signatures. Until then, no official details will be released.
— Talked today to an impartial observer — somebody who is not affiliated with UW in any way — who saw two of the Pan Am Games practices, and asked him about the Jon Brockman-Maarty Leunen roster decision. The first thing this person said was “remember that Ernie Kent is on the selection committee.” So maybe that’s a bigger factor than I’ve allowed for in earlier discussions here, though this person also made clear it’s more about selling you own guy than denigrating someone else’s player. But this person also said there wasn’t a lot of difference in the performance of the two players. “It’s so close,” this person said.
— Here’s an interesting take on that decision from SI.com’s Seth Davis, who writes that “for the big men, skills were more important than bulk.” He then uses Leunen as an example of that thought process. And that, obviously, may explain it all right there why Leunen made the team and Brockman didn’t. As others on here have noted, the international game tends to be more finesse-oriented, and obviously, finesse isn’t really Brockman’s strong suit.
— Finally, here’s an intersting story from the Sacramento Bee on Spencer Hawes, who it sounds like make quite a good impression on the Kings during Summer League play. As the story details, Hawes averaged 16.7 points, making 40-91 shots.

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