Players met with the media before this morning’s practice and coach Lorenzo Romar spoke afterward.
The mood was light and jovial after the workout on the Edmundson Pavilion court.
FSN recorded segments with Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy while Venoy Overton and Justin Holiday playfully wrestled along the sideline. Romar quickly put an end to the shenanigans and a few players, including freshman C.J. Wilcox lingered long after practice for extra shooting work.
Romar talked about last Saturday’s 89-54 victory over Portland. He said Elston Turner played his best defensive game in his two-year UW career. Romar also praised Holiday and said “he didn’t score a whole lot of points, but he was all over the place offensively and defensively.”
Romar said everybody is healthy and insinuated he’s not making any changes to the starting lineup or rotation. Still, freshman Clarence Trent may get a few more minutes.
“The only reason Clarence doesn’t see more minutes is because he hasn’t quite grasped our system yet,” Romar said. “That’s the only reason. He comes in and he makes plays like that.”
MORE ROMAR QUOTES:
(Ideally will anyone play longer than five minutes at a time?) “At the 16-minute mark, four guys raised their hands. That was one of the greatest things that has happened this year. Why? Because one – they know the rule. When you’re tired raise your hand, but guys don’t always raise their hand. I know when I played I never raised my hand (because) I didn’t want to come out. But they realize I can’t give my maximum effort right now because I’ve given everything that I have.
“They were assertive enough and team enough to recognize I need one. But secondly that meant they didn’t hold back or pace themselves. That meant they got after it. When four guys are doing that, then you bring the other guys in and when those guys get rested they get back in there. They set the pace for play. When we’re doing it the right way, we’re five minutes at a time. Some games when you’re playing someone and it’s a really slow game, you can go a little longer. NCAA tournament games with 2-minute timeouts and some TV games you can stretch that out a little bit and go seven minutes. We’ve seen that when you keep guys in too long all of sudden you’ll a defensive hold there.”
(What’s the scouting report on Texas A&M?) “The thing about A&M when we played them in Madison Square Garden a couple of years ago, they had some good inside players, but their two guards (Donald) Sloan and (Derrick) Roland I thought really took care of their team in that game. They played and hit big shots and they were sophomores. Now they’re seniors. Along with that, (Dash) Harris the other guard, they got their 5-11 guard B.J. (Holmes) coming off the bench. Their perimeter is really good and they’ve been shooting the ball real quick. We got to really be able to guard and defend those guys.
(Do you think it will be a guard-oriented game?) “I don’t know if it’s necessarily going to be guard oriented, but their perimeter is really good. They can get that ball and push it up the floor. It won’t be a walk-it-up game that’s for sure.”
(Did you see what USC did and are you happy for the Pac-10 or concerned that a future opponent is getting stronger?) “It’s funny if all of the teams in the league were undefeated that’s great. It’s great for our league to step up to the challenge. The same question gets asked when a great coach gets hired in the league. Are you worried? No. That’s great. That’s great for the league. It raises the level of play. If some other school gets the No. 1 recruit in the country, I wish we had him, but they got him and that always makes the league better.”
(Has other parts of Venoy Overton’s game improved other than his defense?) “I thought Venoy played one of his better if not his best game the other night. He has a tendency on the ball to look to steal it so much. He begins to almost like a defensive back would play a wide receiver. … He really focused on keeping his man in front of him. He had the same pressure that he always had, but he was dialed in and offensively he was a lot more patient. Kind of let the game come to him. While still trying to be aggressive. In terms of the things that he really has improved on, that was an improvement (Saturday) night.”