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October 21, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Romar: “We’re further along this year”

That was the overriding theme of UW coach Lorenzo Romar’s brief meeting with the media today to update how practices have gone so far.
The Huskies are back in town after spending the weekend in Lacey, staying at a local hotel down there for a few nights to give the team a flavor of what a road trip will be like.
The team also got in some bonding, such as a bowling tournament, apparently won by a team of the coaches, though with Artem Wallace getting the best score (though the fact that he has both his own ball and shoes evidently gives that mark an asterisk in the eyes of some of his teammates).
But mostly, the team practiced, up to the NCAA-allowed four hours a day.
Romar said his initial impressions are that “we’re further along this year than we were (last season)” and that “we have more playmakers, more players who can make basketball plays.”
There was a heavy emphasis on defense, which guard Isaiah Thomas said caught him a little off-guard. “That’s definitely my biggest weakness,” he said. “That’s something I didn’t take too seriously (in the past) but it’s something I’ve got to do to play.”
Indeed, Romar said that was one of the biggest statements the coaches tried to get across to the players — that only those who play a lot of defense will see the floor. “Those that don’t defend will find it hard to get on the floor,” he said. “You’d better be phenomenal in other areas to hide that, but it’s hard to find that.”
Asked which players stood out, Romar mentioned Justin Holiday, whom he said “did a nice job this weekend and seems to be improving” and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
He said there were no new injuries, and the reports continue to be good on returns for some of the other players.
Wallace, he said, could be back by the end of this week and Darnell Gant should be back by sometime next week. Tyreese Breshers continues to be a little longer away from returning.
You can watch all of Romar’s press briefing here.

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