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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

January 20, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Tuesday notes

Not a lot of real hard news emanating from Washington’s weekly media availability session today, but I’ll pass along a few notes just the same.
— The only real personnel issue is freshman guard Elston Turner, who continues to make his way back from a sprained ankle suffered against Morgan State Dec. 30. Turner played for the first time since at Oregon State and had three points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. UW coach Lorenzo Romar said Turner made it through just fine and could play more this week but that “the game will dictate that.”
— As mentioned earlier, the school will retire Brandon Roy’s No. 3 jersey before the game. Roy will be honored in a 3-4 minute ceremoney shortly before the 8 p.m. tipoff against USC. Roy will also speak to the media at about 5:30 p.m. and fulfill a few other obligations.
— Romar didn’t take credit for the idea to retire the jersey now, saying it was a department-wide effort. However, he said there was no question Roy was the most deserving of the team’s recent players. He said other players “can’t match what he did. Brandon’s (UW resume) is pretty distinct.”
— For those who have asked, Roy has not yet received his degree from UW — there had been some rumors that was a condition of having his number retired, but obviously not — but he does plan to enroll again this summer to take some more classes with plans to eventually finish his academic work.
— Asked if he was surprised by any aspect of the team’s current success, Romar said he thought it may be a little better defensively than he had anticipated. Specifically, he said he “maybe underestimated the ability of Darnell Gant, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, and Justin Holiday to block shots and bother opponents and contest shots.”
— Romar also said again that he thinks the chemistry with this team is better than it has been since the Roy era. “It’s a pretty close group,” he said.
All for now.

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