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October 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Lorenzo Romar: “We should have had Elston (Turner) on the floor more.”

One second we’re talking about Elston Turner and the threat he poses to defenses and the next second UW coach Lorenzo Romar is criticizing himself for a mistake made in the 2009 NCAA tournament secound round game against Purdue.
Romar said he should have used Turner more because he spreads the defense and creates driving and passing lanes for others.
(On Turner) “It allows your offense to be a little more efficient and functional because people can’t just sit in the lap of someone else. A guy like Quincy and Isaiah — a lot of teams will be trying to run their defenses geared to stopping those guys. And when you got a guy like Elston on the floor, it changes things.
“I really believe, I point right to me. My fault. We should have had Elston on the floor more in the first half of the Purdue game because of the way they were defending us. They were allowing one or two guys just to remain wide open. In the second half, you go back and watch that game Elston only made one or two shots in the second half, but they had to guard him. And because they had to guard him, now all of a sudden you see Isaiah (Thomas) going to the basket. Now you see Quincy (Pondexter) going to the basket. I just think it opens things up when you have the shooters out there.”
(More on Turner) “Every year you hope someone gets a little better and that’s where he’s improved his game. He’s putting it on the floor more and making plays. Guys run out at him and if you’re out of control, he can drive (past) that closeout and make a play. And he can do that last year, but he didn’t do it as much in games.
“An underrated piece of our team when Brandon Roy was here was Ryan Appleby. His role then he was really primarily a spot-up shooter. And we didn’t’ run a lot of stuff for him. Later on when he was a senior, we went to him more and teams started to really (concentrate) on him. But with that (2006) group, with the other guys Ryan just sitting out there and people knowing he’s sitting out there made us a better offensive team. Even if he didn’t shoot it made us a better offensive team because they had to guard him. Same thing with Mike Jensen when he played here. Just the fact that guy’s out there and you know he’s out there, you can’t leave him. That makes him really valuable.”
— No practice today. Romar decided to move it to Thursday, which originally was an off day because it conflicted with the Pac-10 media day in Los Angeles. Apparently, Romar and Pondexter will fly back to Seattle after media day interviews and the team will hold a workout in the afternoon.
— Many of you have asked about Sunday’s scrimmage at St. Mary’s and unfortuantely I don’t have a whole lot to report. Players and coaches couldn’t talk about the scrimmage because of NCAA rules and it was closed to the media. There are reports that say some players were less than enthused about their performance.
— The UW Daily’s Christian Caple identified the two walk-on players at Friday’s practice. According to Caple, the players are Rudy Sharar, a junior guard from Bainbridge Island and sophomore Brendan Sherrer.
A UW official on Monday didn’t confirm the report, but hopefully Romar clears this up when he meets with the media Tuesday during his weekly press conference.



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