They call it Romar Math.
Just mention it to coach Lorenzo Romar and he smiles. Romar math is unconventional and it’s not something you’d want to teach your kids.
For instance: After Salesian High star Desmond Simmons signed a national letter of intent this morning, the Huskies appear to have just one scholarship available to offer a recruit who would arrive in the fall of 2010.
However, when you apply a little Romar math, the Huskies may still sign two recruits and let the roster shake itself out. Romar math factors in players on the team leaving early or transferring. And it factors in recruits not becoming eligible.
The significant point here is UW isn’t finished recruiting for the 2010 class and it appears as if the Huskies are still chasing Portland-area recruit Terrence Jones, however, Romar can’t commit specifically about any recruit.
Still it sounds as if had everything gone according to plan, Romar would have added Jones and Simmons to a class that will include redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox. In that scenario, UW would have a dominant low-post (Jones), a do-everything hustle guy (Simmons) and a lights-out shooter (Wilcox) in one class.
That Jones-Simmons-Wilcox class may still come together, but we’ll have to wait a few days or maybe a few months for Jones to decide between UW, Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA and Oklahoma. The early signing period ends Nov. 18 and the next signing period starts in April.
Talking in general terms and sometimes being downright cryptic, Romar provided a little insight into UW’s recruiting process. Here’s a snippet from today’s interview.
(If there is another guy added in the signing period is it one guy or is there more than one?) “Probably one guy. Probably.”
(Are there two offers out there and one might take it?) “We have some options out there. You obviously know who you want. We have options.”
(If you didn’t add to this class how would you grade it?) “With the limited number of scholarships we had this year, I don’t remember the last time we only had just a couple of scholarships to offer. I’d say if we’re talking about Desmond Simmons, I’d say we did pretty good because he’s a guy that fits in our style of play. He’s what we want.”
(Did the limited numbers of scholarships change the recruiting process?) “We were pretty specific as to what we tried to get in this class. It was kind of a narrow sense of what we wanted. Maybe there were other players out there that are pretty good basketball players, but we had an abundance of what they brought to the table so there was no reason to bring them in on top of everyone else. Just a couple of spots. A couple of needs. But those needs are big needs.
(Do you need a big man?) “A taller guy. Doesn’t mean he’s a center. Doesn’t mean he’s a forward. Just taller. Kevin Durant is not a center, but he would be sweet wouldn’t he? He’s not a center but he’s tall.
(Are you recruiting now for 2010 or 2011?) “More 2011, but understand we’re not trying to recruit six guys for 2010. So we got an idea on what we want. So just hone in on those few.”
(And you’re just targeting for one spot?) “You know how that goes. You go one, but again you don’t know what’s going to happen during the season. And you wait until spring and some of that stuff plays out.”
(Ideally, if today had gone the way you wanted to would have signed two?) “Yeah.”
MORE SIMMONS COMMENTS FROM ROMAR:
— We wrote pretty extensively about Simmons today, however, Romar can’t stop raving about the guy.
[Sidenote: Every coach loves their signee on signing day just like every NBA or NFL coach loves their picks on draft day. I’ve sat through three Sonics drafts (Robert Swift, Johan Petro and Mouhamed Sene) and was there when the Seahawks took Lamar King. Just once, I’d like to hear a coach say: “We didn’t get the guy we wanted, but we took this kid instead.” Now that would be refreshing. Okay, I’m done.]
Romar said he first heard about Simmons from a friend when Simmons was a sophomore playing in the Hoops Jamboree Tournament, which is a showcase for the top 100 underclassmen in the country.
Romar compared Simmons to Bobby Jones, Jon Brockman, Justin Holiday and Clarence Trent.
(On the Jones comparison) “When I use Bobby Jones it’s because you think of a guy who possess many intangibles that impact winning. A guy who has a motor that’s always running and running at a pretty high rpm rating at that. He’s a consummate team guy. Championship teams have guys like that on your team.
(On the Brockman comparison) “You’re talking about someone that’s a lot like Jon Brockman in his approach. Just gets after it. Doesn’t back down. The kind of guy that might gets popped in the nose and he’s right there in the mix. I doubt if he sits out very much in practice because he wants to play, he wants to get better. I think he’s one of the first guys in the gym and the last guys to leave. You tell him to work on something and he’s going to work on it. It ticks him off, I mean really bothers him, when he loses. It really bothers him. He’s Mr. Intangibles.”
(On the Trent comparison) “When Clarence’s motor is going and really engaged in what’s going on, he gets stuff done. Desmond Simmons’ motor doesn’t turn off. Ever. It’s always going. When you have a guy like that just relentless and keeps coming after you.”