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November 1, 2007 at 2:09 PM

Pac-10 notes

Some notes and obsesrvations from Pac-10 media day:
— UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the starting lineup for the Huskies remains up in the air, especially now with Ryan Appleby out for six weeks with a broken thumb. Jon Brockman is certain to be one starter and Quincy Pondexter is likely to be another. But outside of that, he said it’s pretty wide open. He said one of Justin Dentmon or Venoy Overton would likely start at point guard, with Tim Morris and/or Joel Smith at the other guard spot or spots (maybe even Adrian Oliver) depending on what kind of lineup the Huskies would go with. Joe Wolfinger or Matthew Bryan-Amaning could start up front as well. Romar said he could have given us one down here but that it could be totally different tomorrow based on how guys are playing. ‘It’s so close for some guys,” he said.
— Romar said the injury to Appleby shouldn’t be a long-term concern. It should be decided today whether he needs surgery, Romar said. But Romar said with Appleby being a senior and having such a knowledge of what the team is doing, he shouldn’t need much time to get back into things. He should also be able to stay in good shape since he’ll be able to run and work out, etc.
— One guy not really in the running for a starting job is Artem Wallace, whom Romar said has gotten into better shape but is still not exactly where he needs to be.
— There hasn’t been much mention of Oliver, but Romar said that’s mostly due to the fact that he was slowed for a while recovering from his nose injury. Romar said he has played well of late and said that in Appleby’s absence, his outside shooting could become even more important. Romar said Wolfinger and Oliver are the team’s two best outside shooters so far outside of Appleby.
— Brockman was UW’s player representative here and he said he was “a little surprised” the Huskies were picked eighth but he also kind of likes the fact that it is one more thing for the team to use to rally around. “That’s a great spot for us to be in being the underdog, a team people don’t expect much out of because we are going to bring it this year and surprise a lot of people,” Brockman said.
O.J. Mayo was among USC’s contingent here and he sure seems to be handling everything incredibly well. He answered every question very politely, often with a “yes, sir,” and drew raves from coach Tim Floyd and teammate Taj Gibson for his teamwork and attitude.
Derrick Low was WSU’s player representative here and he and Brockman sat together at a table for a while having lunch. Brockman said the two have become friends, in part due to playing together at the Pan-Am Games tryouts this summer, and sometimes send text messages to each other. Brockman playfully tried to cover up the “State” on the WSU table.
— Former Oregon guard Chamberlain Oguchi has transferred to Illinois State.

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