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November 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM

More on signing day

The wait proved worth it for UW coach Lorenzo Romar, who was finally able today to unveil his team’s recruiting class of 2009.
“I couldn’t be happier with who we got,” Romar said. “I could not be happier.”
Romar said the foursome of Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Clarence Trent and Charles Garcia is “probably the best collection of quickness with as much size as possible that we have had here.”
Here is the official release from the school with details on each of the four.
Gaddy, a point guard from Bellarmine Prep, is the prize of the four, and his late addition after he twice committed to Arizona and then decommitted, helped propel the class to a top 10 national ranking from
Romar was frank that the Huskies caught a break when Gaddy decommitted from Arizona after health issues forced Lute Olson to retire.
“If not for that, he would have been at Arizona,” Romar said.
Of the circumstances in getting Gaddy, Romar said: “The end result once it was over, we obviously benefited from it. But if it’s your choice, you don’t want a situation to happen the way it did with coach Olson.”
But once it did, it was an opportunity the Huskies were bound to jump on — UCLA also recruited Gaddy hard once he decommitted.
Romar said once Gaddy decommitted the second time, “his tone was different than it ever had been before except in the early stages when he was in ninth, 10th grade. He gave us a lot better reception, I would say.”
Romar also said that Gaddy’s relationship with Isaiah Thomas — the two have known each other since fifth grade — was a plus.
“They are good friends and that helped us out quite a bit,” Romar said.
As for a scouting report on Gaddy, Romar said: “He’s one of the best point guards to come around in a long, long time. One of those point guards who is intelligent, shoots the basketball well, passes the basketball well, knows when to take over and when not to take over and understands tempo. He’s a leader, he’s got good size for a point guard. At 6-3, he’s got the entire package.”
Romar also called Gaddy a grounded person and advised that people not to read much into his decommitting twice from Arizona as a sign of being “wishy-washy.” Romar said that was solely due to Olson’s situation.
Romar noted that Gaddy is the fourth recent state player of the year to sign with UW — Thomas, Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes being the others — and said that proves the Huskies are having success keeping some of the best in-state players at home.
He said that with 13 scholarships, and players wanting to go where the situation is the best for them in terms of playing time, it simply doesn’t work out to get every in-state player.
“From day one we have always maintained we wanted to keep the best talent here,” he said. “We always said that and I really believe that we have done a decent job of doing that and obviously there are some that aren’t here. But I like the ones we have.”
Romar said Garcia was eyed early on to provide immediate help up front for the loss after this season of Brockman and Artem Wallace.
“He’s a player that could come in and help us right away,” Romar said.
Garcia is the third JC player to sign with UW during the Romar era. The others were Tre Simmons and Hakeem Rollins.
“He’s a versatile 6-9 forward who has catlike quickness. He’s the type of basketball player with size that could probably guard 4-5 different positions.”
Romar later compared him to Rodney McCray.
He called Wilcox “a diamond in the rough” and said assistant Jim Shaw first spotted him last year in a tournament and couldn’t believe how well he shot, finally calling Romar down for a look of his own.
“He noticed he could really shoot and thought he had to watch him again and it was the same thing,” Romar said. “So he asked me to go see him and it was somewhat laughable a little bit how well he shoots the basketball. He’s got good size and he’s not just a shooter. He can play the game. He’s a very good athlete. He’s one of the best shooters in the country and gives us a lot of balance and makes our roster very well-rounded.”
Romar said Trent had “grown up” tremendously since
“He’s a local product, extremely strong and athletic, very powerful,” Romar said. “He’s another guy that can guard multiple positions. He’s fun to watch. He’s so strong, he competes, he’s always waiting with several highlights in his back pocket. But he’s a hard worker.”
Romar said that Trent will team with Garcia in helping to fill the void left by the graduation of Brockman after the season.
“You don’t replace a Jon Brockman, but we feel we are headed in the right direction,” Romar said. “They are long-limbed, quick, athletic, versatile guys.”
As noted earlier, Romar said the team is done recruiting unless something happens in the spring to open up another spot.
Romar also said that Matthew Bryan-Amaning remains questionable for the game at Portland with the injuries suffered earlier in the week. He said MBA practiced today but was not even near 80 percent. He said it will be a gametime decision whether he plays.

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