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February 10, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Tuesday Romar notes

UW coach Lorenzo Romar was back in town this afternoon for his usual meeting with the media and the team’s practice, wearing a suit and tie, apparently fresh off the plane from his recruiting visit that caused him to miss last night’s radio show, as well as the Pac-10 teleconference earlier today.
He can’t say where he was, but there are indications that he was in Alabama last night taking in a game by DeMarcus Cousins of Mobile, Al., who is rated as the No. 2 center available for the Class of 2009. Cousins’ LeFlore High team defeated Faith Academy last night for the area 5A title. (I was wrong earlier when I mentioned that LeFlore didn’t play last night).
Here’s the Scout.com profile of Cousins in which he lists UW as a school that he is interested in, though Scout considers Memphis to be his favorite. Conventional wisdom remains that it’s a long shot for Cousins to end up at UW but it’s obviously worth keeping an eye on. This story also details Cousins’ new-found interest in Rice.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Romar said he isn’t expecting as easy a time with Oregon State as UW had in Corvallis last month when it beat the Beavers 85-59. “They are definitely playing with more confidence,” said Romar of the Beavers, who are 4-2 since that game. “You are looking at a new system and a whole new culture being implemente. You are seeing the fruit starting to ripen a little bit.”
— Romar complimented the play of Venoy Overton against Stanford and his acceptance of a reserve role this season. “He’s done a phenomenal job of handling that,” Romar said. “Venoy is really a team guy who wants to win.”
— The coach talked for a while about how opponents sometimes try to take Jon Brockman’s scoring away, as happened last week at Cal when he was 0-4 with four points. But he pointed out that Brockman also had 15 rebounds in that game, making the point that even when Brockman hasn’t scored much he’s contributed heavily. “He’s found ways to impact the game and that’s to Jon’s credit,” Romar said.
— He also talked about the weekend of Quincy Pondexter, who scored 41 points in the two Bay Area games. He agreed that it appeared Cal, in particular, left Pondexter more open while trying to shut down Brockman and the backcourt. But he pointed out that “he could have not taken advantage of it. (Instead) Quincy took full advantage of it.” He noted that it was around this time a year ago that Pondexter also began to find his stride and that he has accepted not being the go-to scorer on the team, “He has become so much more of an all-around basketball player,” Romar said. “That’s pretty special for him to do that over a period of time.”
All for now.

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