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September 17, 2008 at 8:32 PM

More from Romar

We’ll continue our series of posts from an interview a few days ago with Lorenzo Romar with a few more of his comments about current players.
Justin Holiday: “He had a pretty good off-season after he got back in shape and got healthy and all that. You have to remember that last year, when we (began) practice and went away for the weekend, when we left camp and came back, as a staff we were agreeing that Justin Holiday would be in our rotation. That Tuesday when we came back for practice, he was one of the first eight or nine. And then he hurt then he hurt his ankle, so he missed practice and got behind. Then we play Utah and he comes in and helps us win the game and provides some good defense, key rebounds, and you say ‘well yeah, it was because he was hurt that he was behind.’ And then he gets back in there and hurts his knee. We played UCLA and he did a great job and he’s back in there. Then he gets mono and that set him back. if not for all his illnesses and injuries last year, he would have played substantial minutes.”
Justin Dentmon: “He along with Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman had the best summers of eveyone. And Justin, maybe he’s had the best summer. He’s done a nice job.”
Asked if Dentmon was being motivated by all the new guards coming in, Romar said “there’s something about being a senior that is usually motivation enough. Guys, when they approach that last year, there’s usually not a whole lot you need to tell them. They usually get after it.”
Quincy Pondexter: “He’s kind of on a mission. He’s worked a lot on his strength. He’s gotten stronger. He’s worked a lot on his scoring and worked a lot on his shot and playing and finishing with contact.”
Joe Wolfinger: “We’d like him to have more of a balance and like to see him rebound better. Going back and looking at every game we played last year, you look and say ‘he played really well in the Cal game (when he had 17 points).’ But he played well in New York in Madison Square Garden, and he played well in both games on the Bay Area trip, and he played well at Arizona. He played more good games than even I had realized. And it was basically his first year playing college basketball. If he can come in and do a better job rebounding and be a little better presence in the paint, man, he could really help us. … If he can do a better job rebounding, he’s going to be in there. Also, remember this time last year, he couldn’t do much. He took some time off this year (over the off-season to rest his foot). But this will be his first year that he is coming in healthy and in condition from day one and can practice more than 45 minutes. That’s going to make a big difference. He’s also had game experience playing on the road in hostile situations and he’s played well with the game on the line. You can just build on those experiences and I think he can just be a much better player this year.”
More later.

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