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November 10, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Romar on Wilcox, starters and Wright State

Coach Lorenzo Romar said he met with C.J. Wilcox today and they decided the freshman will redshirt this season.
Here’s our brief interview with Wilcox.
(What do you want to get out of this season?) “Just experience playing with these guards like Quincy and Isaiah. Playing against these guys is going to make me a better player. It will make it easier playing against other guys from different schools.”
(Are you relieved to have the decision behind you?) “Now I can just kind of focus. I’m not worried about if I’m going to do it or not. It’s done so I can just start working on trying to be part of this team. It’s nice to have it out of the way.”
(Will the season opener be difficult for you?) “Not really. Just the experience this year is going to be fun for me. I still got for more years.”
Wilcox told us before training camp that redshirting was possible.
And here’s Romar talking about why Washington chose to redshirt Wilcox, who is UW’s best perimeter shooter.
(Why?) “When we recruited C.J. that was a question that came up. What would happen if? I guess the bottom line is we think C.J. can be at least an all-conference player. At least. Right now he would be sharing minutes and it wouldn’t shock me that if he’d play this year, he’d pass a lot of people up. I would think he’d have a great chance to be in the rotation.
“But if you take the 15-13 minutes this year, him feeling this way and trade that in exchange for as a fifth-year senior what he would be doing, I just think that’s a no-brainer. C.J. wants to get stronger. It’s a lot like Darnell Gant when Darnell started and he wanted to redshirt his freshman year. I think I got this thing coach, but I want to take a year to get stronger and learn the system so that when I come in from Day 1 I know exactly what’s going on. C.J. has a much better chance to play this year than Darnell did as a freshman. Darnell came in after his redshirt year and was a starter. Tyreese, if healthy, after his redshirt year he could possibly be a starter. So you never know with C.J.
(Will missing Wilcox adversely affect the offense?) “The outcome of our season is not going to be determined I think by just one guy. Maybe a couple of games. Maybe that makes a difference. Again, what ever contribution it would be and I think there would be a contribution, you can’t say that’s going to be a better contribution than his fifth year when he’s a senior. I just think he’ll have a monster year. … That extra year for him in the big picture is going to be more important. We could just say, forget you C.J., we need your shot for a few games this year. Take one for the team. We could do that. But in the big picture for his best interest and our best interest I think it’s probably good for him to redshirt. He’s a rare breed that understands that. It doesn’t mean that he’s not any good.
(More on Wilcox) “If we had maybe two guards, but we do have several guards that are pretty good so it allows us this year. Maybe in another year. Two years ago, you’re not redshirting. But two years ago, you’re looking at him and maybe he plays 25 minutes a game. But in this particular year, we have that luxury to be able to do that.”


— No changes to the starting lineup: guards Isaiah Thomas and Venoy Overton; forwards Quincy Pondexter and Darnell Gant and center Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
— Romar said ideally he favors a 7-man rotation, but because UW is so deep, he’ll use an 8-9 man rotation. He didn’t say who would be in the rotation, but it’s a good bet freshman Abdul Gaddy and Tyreese Breshers will get playing time. That leaves Elston Turner, Justin Holiday, Scott Suggs and Clarence Trent fighting for minutes.
— More on Breshers.
(Will you use off the bench as an energy guy much like Overton was last season?) “Totally different because when I think of energy, I don’t think of Tyreese as much like with Venoy. I think of productivity, impacting winning, getting the game more physical. But again in asking that question, you’re assuming he will be coming off the bench.
“It will be hard to not start a healthy Tyreese. A healthy Tyreese, in condition is hard not to start him. In 2005, our best player came off the bench Brandon Roy. In 2006, our best offensive player came off the bench Jamaal Williams. So he could very well come off the bench, but you have to look at starting him.
(How many minutes can you use him?) “Probably about 15. Because I just don’t think he’s in condition enough to go beyond that right now. Now if he played maybe the way he palyed in high school or if the game was really slow he could play 20-24 minutes. But the way we’re asking him to defend and run the floor, I think if he’s giving maximum effort about 15. But here’s a guy that ultimately as a freshman, we wish he could play 25-30.

(When will he be healthy?)
“Good question. I would hope by January, by confiernce time. I would hope by at that point he would be ready to go. Even if he’s not in top condidtion by that point, somewhere near there it’s still going to be pretty good.”

(What do you know about them?)
“They’re very good and they will not give us the game. We’re going to have to take the game from them. If we have any aspirations of doing well in that game, we’re going to have to take it from them because they are a senior-dominated team. They play good, solid, strong defense. They are very organized offensively. They’re going to be a tough opener for us.”

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