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Husky Men's Basketball

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December 4, 2007 at 3:38 PM

More on Oliver

As I wrote in the post below, Adrian Oliver has decided to leave the Huskies.
Here are some quotes from Lorenzo Romar delivered at his regular meeting with the press today:
“Adrian Oliver is going to transfer. He let me know today. He thought being
away from home was something that he could adjust to. But being here has
just been too difficult for him, being away from his family.
“Freshmen, when they get away from home, usually are homesick. Just about
every one of them go through it. Most don’t after that period. But in
Adrian’s case it was a little more difficult for him. He’s been injured as
much as anyone and that doesn’t make it any easier. You never want to see
anyone go, but at the same time we’ll move on.
“I love his family, they are good people. Adrian is a good person. It’s just
one of those things.”
Here is a quote from Oliver given to the UW sports information department:
“At this point my family needs me and I need to be closer to them. I’m going
to find a school down there where I can be with my family at the same time.”
Oliver had battled injuries and illness all season, missing the trip to Oklahoma State with a bad back.
I talked to Oliver for a while last week and he gave no hint that he was thinking of leaving, saying that he was frustrated having been injured and not being able to play more in Ryan Appleby’s absence, but that he understood the realities of having more competition in the backcourt.
“It’s frustrating to see an opportunity and then something like this happens,” he said. “But that’s the game — you can’t do anything about it but move on.”
Oliver’s departure further thins UW’s depth for this season with Ryan Appleby still officially questionable for this week’s game with a thumb injury.
As for the future, it gives UW 14 scholarship players for next season, obviously making it easier to fit the four players the Huskies have signed for the Class of 2008. Three of those players are guards, but UW will now be losing three guards off this year’s roster — Oliver and the graduating Appleby and Tim Morris — so the roster won’t be as backcourt heavy as it initially appeared.
Oliver’s departure also means there is just one player left from the Class of 2006, at the time billed as maybe the best in school history. Spencer Hawes left after one year for the NBA, Phil Nelson transferred to Portland State after last season, and now Oliver. The only one left is Quincy Pondexter.

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