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Husky Men's Basketball

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

October 11, 2007 at 3:44 PM

Media day notes

UW players and coach Lorenzo Romar met the media today to preview the beginning of practice tomorrow.
Here are a few highlights:
— Romar said the only two players who basically have starting jobs locked up are Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter. Everything else is open.
— The general theme is that this team is focused on defense like never before. In fact, asked what the emphasis will be the first few weeks of practice, Romar said simply “defense.” Guard Adrian Oliver said he’s never worked on defense like he has this year, one of just many such comments.
— Speaking of Oliver, he won’t be allowed to have contact until Wednesday due to his nose, which was broken in four places during the last game of the Greece trip. He had surgery a few weeks ago, initially hoping it would heal without it but then deciding to go under the knife due to breathing problems. The surgery went just fine, he said. He’ll wear a mask for a while as a precaution.
— The only other player limited in any way is center Joe Wolfinger, who is not allowed to practice longer than an hour-and-a-half (Wolfinger actually said 80 minutes). But he said his conditioning is just fine and he doesn’t think he will be limited in minutes once the season starts. He said he’s weighing about 257 pounds, right about where he wants to be.
— Romar said center Artem Wallace is a little out of shape due to missing the Greece trip and then suffering a pulled hamstring that didn’t allow him to practice the way he wanted. “He’s running it off now, though,” Romar said. Wallace said he’s at about 254 — he’s listed at 250 — and said he thinks he’s getting close to where he wants to be.
— Speaking of weight, Pondexter said he’s at about 214. He was under 200 at times last season, particularly after suffering a staph infection in January.
— The team unveiled the new uniforms and I thought they looked fine. They are a NIKE creation and may last a year or two — the team changes its look fairly often so if you don’t like it, just wait a while and it will likely change. Here’s a look at the new unis. That’s Bryan-Amaning in the picture.
— Romar said all of the four freshmen have “looked good” early on and that all have the ability to help the team this season. But the coaches are going to be somewhat cautious in what they say there until they see those guys in full-squad workouts for a while.
— The team will practice for the first time today at St. Martin’s College in Lacey, then twice more on Saturday and again on Sunday before returning home. The team will also go bowling one night, a tradition of its pre-season getaways.
— Asked about the preponderance of guards on the roster this year compared to last year, Romar said “it’s night and day.” The backcourt figures to be the most competitive area of the team.
— Romar said he thinks Justin Dentmon is quicker than he was a year ago and that his confidence is just fine after last season. Dentmon says he weighs about 183 pounds compared to about 188 last season, saying the change is more in how his body is sculpted than the actual weight itself.
— There are no walk-ons on the roster as of yet. Romar said a few are likely to be added later but stressed they aren’t players who will be expected to play. “Iit would help if we had one or two bodies for practice,” he said. “That’s it.”
— Romar talked about the addition of Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Darnell Gant and their shot blocking ability and said “that’s a dimension we’ve never where we have multiple guys on the floor who can block shots.” Romar said Justin Holiday has also shown good shot blocking ability, blocking as many as any player on the team in some of the early workouts.
I’ll try to post some more stuff from the interviews today down the road, as well.

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