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Husky Men's Basketball

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September 23, 2008 at 8:36 PM

More from Romar

Here’s the final installment of our conversation with UW coach Lorenzo Romar looking ahead to the beginning of the season:
Improving free throw shooting: Obviously, that will be a goal for the Huskies this season, though Romar said it isn’t something he wants to make a big deal out of heading into the year, hoping in part that the infusion of new guards who are good free throw shooters will make a big part of the difference.
“We encourage them to shoot a lot of free throws, but we only get two hours a week with them (until practice officially starts Oct. 17),” Romar said. “What we usually try to do then is build a defense andn lay a foundation for our offense. So during that time we spend more time on that. But we strongly encourage that they get their share of shooting in. We’ll continue to work on free throws.”
On the value of having more experience heading into the season and mixing it with the new players: “For the first time since we had Brandon (Roy) and Jamaal (Williams) and Bobby Jones, we have guys who have played together for a while now. It made a difference when we had those guys (Roy, Jones, etc.). This year we will have that and it will allow the newer players to come in and be better acclimated. The other thing about these guys is I think the freshmen have such a good feel for the game that it won’t take them too long to adjust. Venoy (Overton) started for most of last year and Matthew (Bryan-Amaning) played a lot of minutes last year. They are sophomores now and they’ve got a little bit of experience. And Darnell Gant was with us the whole year. So I think we’ll be further along.”
On Venoy Overton: I think Venoy’s biggest improvement is just going to come mentally along with his shooting. … Remember that Venoy came in last year and realized he was eligible right before school started. So he came in and hit the ground running and didn’t have the luxury or summer school and working with our strength coach. He didn’t do all that. So he was constantly playing catchup and it was all a blur to him. This year he comes in much more knowing what to expect. Between the ears will be his biggest improvement this year.”
On whether it will be hard finding minutes for all the guards: “The players decide that, contrary to what people say. Coaches have to submit the lineup, but the players decide every day based on what they are doing. Usually someone separates themselves. The worst scenario is there are 5-6 guys fighting for spots and none of them step up. What you want is when guys step up and play well and separate themselves, and the players have decided right then and there and they show you (who should be on the floor). Finding minutes when someone steps up and does what they are supposed to do, that’s not difficult at all. What’s difficult is when no one steps up.”

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