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January 25, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Notes from Tucson

An upbeat mood at practice today that concluded with an informal shooting contest between Joel Smith and a few of the team managers (but my digging stopped there so I don’t know who won).
Much of the conversation as UW coach Lorenzo Romar greeted reporters from both the Seattle area and here centered on Jon Brockman, who is averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in Pac-10 play, shooting 53.4 percent from the field.
“I don’t think there is a player in this league having a better year, better impact, than Jon Brockman,” Romar said. “He goes out and has 30 rebounds in two games and gets Player of the Week and I’m thinking ‘this is unbelievable. Can he keep that up?’ And then he goes out and gets 16 more last night.
“It’s just too bad he can’t have eight years in college.”
Told that Brockman will need to feed his family, Romar laughed and said “so do I.”
Asked if he thinks Brockman is having as good a year as anyone in the country, Romar said “you would be hard-pressed” to find anyone doing much better. ”Not only having a good year, but what he means to this team. I don’t know if there is anybody that can duplicate that on both accounts.”
From this vantage point, however, it doesn’t seem like Brockman is really in that national conversation all that much.
Romar agreed that “you don’t see him on SportsCenter because he’s not a high-flier with fancy dunks” and doesn’t “come out and hit 10 threes and they show all 10 on SportsCenter.” But anyone who knows basketball, he said, appreciates Brockman.
The other theme of the day was how different Arizona is under Kevin O’Neill than under Lute Olson —- more emphasis on defense, a less free-wheeling offense with more set plays — and UW’s hunger to avenge an 84-54 defeat here last season, the worst of the last five years.
“That’s in the back of our minds,” said UW forward Quincy Pondexter.
Romar said the lineup will stay the same, and everyone is healthy and ready to go.

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