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November 8, 2007 at 2:36 PM

Basketball notes

The Huskies held a media day today to officially kick off the season as well as publicize the upcoming NIT.
UW will play New Jersey Tech Tuesday at Hec Ed and either Utah or High Point Wednesday. Win both and UW will head to New York for the semi-finals the following week.
No big news but lots of interesting notes. Here are some highlights:
Ryan Appleby said his surgery on hit thumb last Friday went well and he will have the full cast taken off Tuesday, replaced by a soft cast. He said he was able to begin running full out on Wednesday and thinks that “I feel like I’m ahead of schedule.” He said he plans to be back for sure for the Dec. 29 game at LSU but that he plans on being back sooner than that. He had a plate and some pins put in it “to add some extra strength” and said he thinks the thumb will be as good as new once he’s back. He suffered a fractured thumb and the bone connecting to it was moved 40 percent to the left. Appleby said he thinks it was Venoy Overton whose elbow he slammed into during a rebounding drill. “It was just a freak accident,” he said.
— The general theme was disappointment over the close shave with SPU the other night. UW coach Lorenzo Romar said “that wasn’t Husky basketball” citing the lack of defense and the 22 turnovers. “We’re not as far along as I thought we’d be defensively,” he said, saying “I have not done a good enough job or else we’d be doing it.” Romar said there were a number of factors that contributed to the problems against SPU — youth, some players still trying to sort it all out and understand where they are supposed to be, and it being the first-game of the season.
— As for the turnovers, Romar said his biggest concern was that there were “too many unforced turnovers, too many careless turnovers.” He later said turnovers have been a problem throughout practice. “It’s an ongoing issue we’ve got to get under control,” he said.
— Romar said that he envisions having an 8-9-player rotation of players who will see 15-18 or more minutes a game. He said the team could play as many as 11 regularly. But he said again he doesn’t anticipate any redshirts this season.
— Romar was very laudatory of the play of Overton. “When he was in the game, I felt we had a better offensive flow,” Romar said. He cited a play where Overton got the ball in backcourt, took one dribble, and found Joel Smith streak for a dunk. He called it the kind of play missing since Brandon Roy was a Husky. He said he liked the pairing of Overton and Justin Dentmon and said those two could start together. Overton and Dentmon also said they liked playing together, as well, with Overton taking the point and Dentmon playing at shooting guard. Romar said Overton “makes the game easier” for his teammates and “takes a little stress off the scorers because he sees. He’s constantly looking up the floor and makes things easier for guys.”
— Asked if Overton was ahead of where he thought he’d be, Romar said no, but said that “seeing it up close is more exciting than I thought it would be.”
— Romar said Adrian Oliver is beginning to get back into things even though he is still wearing a mask to protect his nose. “Of late he has done a prety good job for us,” Romar said.
Joe Wolfinger said his foot is fine but that he is still limited to 80 minutes a day of practice. Wolfinger said “I thought I played soft” against SPU and was disappointed in his performance.
Darnell Gant said he weighs about 206 pounds and would like to get to about 220.
— Overall, Romar admitted that the Huskies didn’t have a great night against SPU. “We weren’t a team that had jelled at all,” Romar said.

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