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February 15, 2008 at 7:39 PM

More notes from Corvallis

A few more notes from a stranger-than-usual day in Corvallis:
— Talked to a couple of people about the incident at practice today and everyone said they’d never seen anything like it, with players from one team coming onto the court to talk trash to the other during a day-before-game practice.
The Husky contingent remains unsure what — if anything — set it off. The three UW players shooting at the one basket were Venoy Overton, Ryan Appleby and Artem Wallace. Jon Brockman was sitting in the stands doing an interview, and Joel Smith was sitting on the sidelines preparing to leave. As I wrote in the comments earlier, I was talking with Romar in the far end zone when he stopped and said “I think it’s time for us to go” and got up to go separate the two sides. Nothing more than words were exchanged and as I wrote earlier, the most obvious thing I heard was Marcel Jones yelling “don’t let the record fool you.” There was also talk of not “coming into our house and doing that” which apparently was aimed at Overton, who was playfully tossing up a few shots in the key, adding a little running commentary. Smith got up out the stands at one point and took a few steps forward, but most of the rest of the Huskies mostly looked amused. Brockman didn’t budge from his seat.
As I referenced earlier, there is some history between Jones and the Huskies. He spent part of last spring in Seattle working out at times with the Huskies while exploring his NBA options. He also had apparently unleashed some trash talking on the Huskies when the teams crossed paths during a pre-game shootaround before the game in Seattle last January.
If nothing else, it adds a little more sizzle to a game that on the surface has little heat at all but may now be played at a tournament pitch.
Isaiah Thomas update: Word came today that Isaiah Thomas did not get a qualifying score when he took the SAT a few weeks ago. He will take it again in a couple weeks. Most around the UW program, however, figure Thomas will eventually make it academically. Remember, there’s a sliidng scale of test scores and overall GPA and raising his GPA can help make up for a lower test score. His situation apparently is similar to that of Venoy Overton’s, who took courses all last summer to eventually become eligible. Thomas may be in a similar situation, which means there may not be any certainty to his situation for a while, and maybe a few nervous moments. But the conventional wisdom is that he will eventually make it. Tyreese Breshers and Scott Suggs are already eligible and Elston Turner Jr., also still has some work to do but is also expected to eventually make it.
Romar will take whatever post-season he can get: Romar was asked today if he would accept an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational, the new tournament debuting this year in addition to the NCAA Tournament and the NIT. The CBI says it will compete with the NIT for teams but is likely to get third pick.
“I’m not one of those that is into turning extra basketball down,” he said.

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