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Husky Men's Basketball

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

August 17, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Huskies hit the floor again

The UW basketball team held court with reporters this morning before hitting the court for their first of 10 practices in preparation for their trip to Greece.
The Huskies will play five games against Greek professional teams:
Here’s the schedule:
Aug. 30 — vs. Ment Vassilakis, Thessaloniki
Aug. 31 — vs. Iraklis Thessalonikis, Thessaloniki
Sept. 1 — vs. Trilalla 2000, Trikalla
Sept. 3 — vs. Peristeri Athens, Athens
Sept. 4 — vs. Daphni Athens, Athens.
All are teams that are in training camp preparation for their pro seasons. It’s not expected that any will have Americans on their teams, though the rosters can fluctuate quickly over there.
“We’ll be facing teams that are older, all grown men who have played together, so it will be a challenge,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
The games will be played with International rules, meaning a wider lane, a longer three-point line and a few other quirks (though they will be played with two 20-minute halves like here).
Only the nine returning vets for UW can make the trip. The freshmen are all at home for a vacation before coming back to school since there’s nothing they can do with the team.
The Huskies hope to make the trip educational as well as good preparation for the season, and details on that can be found in this story here.
As for the team, Romar said there are no new health issues. Joe Wolfinger will begin by practicing an hour a day and then doing more if he shows he can handle it.
The rest of the team is fine. Joel Smith said he still feels some pain in his foot, but that he should have no limitations and is anxious to play some games again.
Justin Dentmon said he actually only lost three or four pounds (he’s listed at 185) but that it was more an issue of resculpting his body. “It wasn’t that I was too big but too buff,” he said. “I needed to get more toned, lighter on my feet.”
Dentmon said he can feel a big difference, saying he feels sometimes now like he’s been “shot out of a cannon” when he’s on the court as opposed to last year. “I feel very light,” he said.
With just nine players, Romar said the obvious — that everyone will get to play a lot. Other than Jon Brockman, he said no one has a starting job locked up, and that it’s likely that there will be a lot of different lineups during this trip as the Huskies are likely to experiment quite a bit to see how different combinations work.

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