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March 27, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Romar reviews, part two

Here’s more from my post-season review with UW coach Lorenzo Romar:
One thing we discussed was next year’s lineup and whether the success of this season means that certain players will go into the year with spots locked up.
That is not, however, the Romar way, nor is it that of many coaches, to head into an off-season with any preconceived notions of what may happen in the future. So instead, Romar says the Huskies will start anew putting together the lineup for 2009-10. I had asked specifically if a guy like Darnell Gant entered the off-season with something of a hold on a starting job because of the way the team had success with him in the lineup this year. Romar said not necessarily.
“It’ll be wide open,” he said. “Each team has its own makeup and when we go out and play next year and we see what we’ve got. Darnell may be the best fit where a couple of guys may be the best complement to Darnell. But it will be a different team. We don’t have Jon Brockman or Justin Dentmon and for whatever reason we may need a different type of makeup so Darnell could be in there or he could not.”
That led to the question of the rotation for next season.
The Huskies seem to be loaded for next year with a highly-rated four-man recruiting class joining seven returners who were regulars in the rotation this year and a couple of bench guys who figure to contend for more time next season.
Still, Romar says he figures that ultimately, the Huskies will pare it down to eight or nine guys as they almost always have in his seven-year tenure.
“Early on you can play more,” he said. “But when it comes down to if, I don’t know if you can play everyone. Every team in the country literally has a couple of guys that don’t quite make it into the rotation. I don’t think we’ll be the exception.”
As for who would be in that rotation right now, while there may be some obvious candidates, Romar said he wouldn’t begin to guess.
“There is no greater evidence than our team this year that the players really do decide who is playing,” he said. “I don’t think going into this year that I would have said that Justin Dentmon is an absolute starter. But he showed us ‘this is why you need to start me. This is why I am one of your best guards.’ And he showed that day in and day out to the point that it didn’t matter what we thought. The players make their case every day in practice and in games. There are no preconceived ideas as to ‘this guy has to be in there no matter what.”’
In future entries I’ll have Romar’s thoughts on the situation with the big men heading into next year, and on the four recruits.

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