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October 15, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Some quick media day notes

UW’s media day, kicking off the beginning of practice, has concluded. The overall theme was high hopes for a team aching to get back to the NCAA tournament after two years away.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he was as excited to begin this season — practice starts Friday at St. Martin’s University in Lacey — as he has been since his second year with the Huskies, the season that began the turnaround.
“I just think this team has a lot more answers going into the year than the last three years,” Romar said. “There are a lot less questions that need to be answered, as far as I’m concerned.”
I talked to a number of players, as well as Romar, and I’ll try to dole out some of those stories here over the next few days.
For now, a few of the more newsy notes:
— The overall health situation is good. Only three players enter camp with any kind of limitations — Artem Wallace (knee), Darnell Gant (sports hernia) and Tyreese Breshers (shin surgery). Romar said Wallace is “doing really well” and while he may be limited to non-contact drills for a week or two, he should be able to return to full duty by “the end of next week or the week after that.” Wallace said he was able to stay in shape while rehabbing, and actually thinks he’s in better shape this year, saying he will enter camp at about 254 pounds opposed to about 265 at this time last season. Gant said he may be cleared for practice by Monday and likewise said he’s excited about his conditioning, saying he’s back up to about 218 pounds now after dropping to around 208 right after the surgery. Breshers may be the furthest away. He said his surgery involved putting a rod into his shin through his knee and said it is the knee that is bothering him now. But he said he hopes to be fully ready in 2 to 3 weeks.
Joe Wolfinger will have no restrictions entering camp and said he thinks that could make a big difference in his season that he will have a full training camp. Last year he was limited to 45 minutes per practice at the beginning of camp due to his lingering foot issues. Wolfinger said his foot is fine now and said the reason he took some time off during the summer is that he had some issues with some orthotics that caused pain. He said some new orthotics have solved that issue. He said he weighs in the 245-250 range now compared with about 265 at this time a year ago, which he said will allow him to run the floor better.
Venoy Overton laughed off rumors about his conditioning, which circulated after a report that he failed to pass the team’s mile run in the required time — 5:30 for guards. Overton said “there’s something about the mile I just don’t like” but that he passed it the second time. He said he feels physically better prepared for this season, having bulked up to 186 pounds compared to 178 a year ago, saying he wanted the extra weight to deal with some of the bigger guards he will face. “I’m definitely feeling stronger,” he said.
— Romar is notoriously reluctant to peg starters at this early a date. But he said that besides obvious starter Jon Brockman, the other probable starter if the season began today is Quincy Pondexter. “It would be hard to sit him on the bench,” Romar said. Pondexter, he said, has played well in early drills, continuing the uptick from late last season. “He’s gotten himself into great condition,” Romar said. “He’s added strength and confidence and right now he’s going right at people.”
All for now.



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