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November 14, 2007 at 4:23 PM

Romar on recruits

UW coach Lorenzo Romar met the media a little while ago to discuss his new recruits.
As expected, the Huskies signed former Curtis High guard Isaiah Thomas, who is now at South Kent (Ct.) School. The others expected to sign are 6-6 guard Scott Suggs of Washington High in Washington, Mo; 6-4 guard Elston Turner Jr. of Elkins High in Houston and 6-6, 260-pound forward Tyreese Breshers of Price High in Los Angeles.
Romar said the Huskies are done with this class and won’t be signing any other players (so close the book on Matt Simpkins or anyone like that).
Of the class, Romar said: “We think these four as a group are special. I think what they all possess is a pretty cerebral feel for the game. They all know how to play basketball and they all obviously have things they need to learn at this level, but they come in with a pretty good understanding of how to play the game. The other thing about all four is they all can score.”
Romar broke down each player.
Of Breshers, he said: “He’s 6-6, 6-7, but has really long arms. Some have compared him to Craig Smith from Boston College. Some compared him to a Charles Barkley. He is one of those guys that is big at 260 pounds, but he can really get up off the floor and really block shots. He plays much bigger than his height would indicate.”
Romar said Breshers is indeed 260 (he’s been listed as low as 235 by some people) but said he isn’t any more worried about his conditioning than he would be any other senior in high school.
Romar noted that Turner’s dad is former NBA player Elston Turner and that his mom played college ball and said “he really understands how to play. He is the type of player who doesn’t rush himself. He plays at his pace and can play with any other four guys you put out on the floor. He has a really nice stroke.”
Romar told a long story about getting to know Scott Suggs when he was 11 as Suggs’ father was friends with one of Romar’s best friends growing up (I detailed that relationship in this story here when Suggs committed). He said he played a pickup game with Suggs when Suggs was 11 and joked that “not bragging, but I beat him.” Suggs’ father told Romar — who was then coach at Saint Louis — at the time that if his son got to be good enough, he’d call him and let him know. Suggs’ father did just that.
Of Suggs, Romar said: “He’s one of those players who is already a good basketball player — he has a chance to be the state player of the year in Missouri — but please don’t take this the wrong way, but they did say this about guys like Kevin Garnett, his best days are ahead of him. That’s not to mean he’s not any good now, but he still has so much room for improvement. He’s long, long-limbed guy that is a guard and not really a wing. The difference is guards can handle the ball and pass the ball, wings sometimes can’t handle it as well. (Suggs and Turner) give us guards with size in that class. Scott can score, he is another guy you can put him on the floor with any other four and he would not only do well but make them do better.”
Romar compared Thomas to Damon Stoudamire and tried to head off all questions about whether he is a point guard or a shooting guard by saying simply that “he is a guard. … he’s just a guard. He can get you into offense, he can provide you offense. He’s really talented.”
Romar noted the state tournament a few years ago where opponents lined up to put the clamps on Thomas yet he still averaged 40 points a game.
“Regardless of the competition or the size of the guy guarding him, I’ve not seen him yet be in a situation where he couldn’t get himself out of trouble. … He really beleives he can go out and score on anybody.”
Of the group, Romar said that “I think that group (last yeaar) with this year’s group puts us in a position where we can continue to get better as a program.”
Romar was asked about Thomas’ academic situation and said that “he definitely is making progress” and that the move to South Kent School has aided in that quest. “He’s been forced to do the right thing,” Romar said, adding that Thomas knew “he had to make some changes with himself” and that so far, he has done that.
Romar said that after Thomas did not sign last year “we were going to wait and see” if he still wanted to be a Husky. But he said Thomas remained steadfast on wanting to be a Husky.
The glass is guard-heavy, but Romar noted the presence of guys like Joe Wolfinger, Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan-Amaning and said that “maybe we already have it so we didn’t need to recruit it.”

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