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January 23, 2008 at 6:32 PM

A few notes

Sorry for the lack of activity here today but had some other stuff to attend to that kept me away from the computer for a while.
A few things to pass along:
— Haven’t heard anything new on James Harden other than he’s questionable for the game tomorrow night. This story says ASU may not know whether Harden will play until shortly before game time, which seems the best way to approach it. I know the conventional wisdom with UW coaches is that they expect Harden to try to play and take it from there. Groin injuries are notoriously tricky so they can be hard to predict.
— The Seattlest has a good update on a few former Huskies, including this nifty map showing where they all are playing.
— For those wondering about the eligibility of next year’s recruits, word I’ve heard is that Tyreese Breshers is already completely eligible and that Scott Suggs and Elston Turner are just about there. Isaiah Thomas apparently will take the SAT again this weekend but the conventional wisdom is that he’s likely going to make it in. The whole point of spending two years at the prep school was to make up the stuff he had fallen behind in, and it sounds as if he’s been doing just that. If all four get in, it does indeed put UW one player over the 13-scholarship limit. For now, I’m not really going to speculate on how UW will get down to that number. Lots of things can happen between now and then — no one knew, for instance, that Adrian Oliver was going to transfer, which opened up one spot already. As Lorenzo Romar always says, it always seems to work itself out.
— One of you asked if Romar would have traveled to Springfield, Mass., just to see Thomas play last weekend. Sure he would have. Coaches routinely continue to take in games played by players they have already signed as a way of keeping tabs on their incoming players. It wouldn’t make sense to sign guys and then not see them for another nine months or so. So Romar and his assistants often travel to watch games of their incoming players. But in the process, they also are seeing other players, as was certainly the case at the Hoop Hall Classic. Sometimes they go to those events not necessarily with just one player in mind, but to see a lot of different players and start forming relationships for down the road, etc. As Romar once told me, recruiting is like shaving — if you don’t do it every day, you start to look a little rough.

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