Here’s our story from today, which takes a look at the past decade of success for the Huskies. The chart below chronicles each decade.
Coach Lorenzo Romar met with the media today for his weekly press conference. The biggest news of the day involves Isaiah Thomas, who slightly sprained his right ankle last Sunday. Thomas has missed the past two days of workouts, but is hoping to return for Wednesday’s workouts.
Romar and Thomas expect the sophomore guard to play in Thursday’s Pac-10 opener against Oregon State.
HERE’S SOME QUOTES FROM ROMAR:
(What do you know about Oregon State.) “The thing I know about Oregon State is…last year I believe they opened with USC. And they were coming off the season before where they didn’t do very well in the Pac-10. And they weren’t stellar in their non-conference…and all of a sudden they beat the most athletic, talented team in the league. So Oregon State will be ready to play, and they are certainly capable of beating anyone in this league.”
(How important is it to disrupt Oregon State’s high-post offense?) “Anytime you play against any team, you’re going to try and look at the engine and try to disrupt the engine somewhat. Calvin Haynes is a marvelous scorer. And he can get going and he can get you 30-35 points. They do a lot of stuff through (Roeland) Schaftenaar and if we were successful against Oregon State and Schaftenaar before you kind of look at that game and say whew I’m glad that’s over with. But then he’s going to – like a weed – keep coming back. Just keep coming back. That’s how he’s going to be and we can’t at all think if we had any success against him before that he’s not going to be a factor. He’s very versatile. He can shoot the basketball. He passes the ball. He can put the ball on the floor and go to the rim. He’s tall. He’s huge. If you stand next to him, he’s really tall. And he can do so much to hurt you that we’re always going to have our hands full. And you just take that one game at a time and hope you get out of there unscathed by him.”
(Is the Pac-10 improving?) “It’s definitely getting better. If you look at USC and the addition of Mike Gerrity and Leonard Washington, now that they are eligible and back, they are a different ball team. Even Alex Stepheson, whose been playing really well, was hampered by a knee injury early. That wasn’t the USC team you see now. Oregon, it’s going to be interesting to watch them, because if you look at the box score, they’ve got all their players back. Even UCLA now…whatever issues they dealt with in the pre-season now seem to be getting resolved. So they are playing better basketball. So it’s a conference I think is improving as we go, in spite of what happened to Arizona last night against BYU…I thought they were a team that was improving as well.”
(Is this Quincy Pondexter’s teams now?) “Quincy has emerged as the leader of this team. It’s hard to go anywhere and talk about Washington without people knowing who Isaiah Thomas is. He’s so much fun to watch. But again, it reminds me of when Nate (Robinson) and Brandon (Roy) were here together. Nate was so exciting to watch. Brandon when it was all said and done, Brandon got a lot done too. Quincy is our leading scorer, our leading rebounder. He’s been our go-to guy. When we go on the road, you look at how he’s played in the big games. He’s really come through in the big games. I think leaders always show you, alright this is how it’s done and you follow that.”
(Is your perimeter shooting troubling?) “Troubling only in the sense that I wish we were a better shooting team. But it’s not something we woke up one morning and thought wow we haven’t shot the ball well. Going in, that was something we knew we were going to have to do some other things to compensate for that. We’re not a great outside shooting team yet. We haven’t shot the ball well yet. Isaiah Thomas, Elston Turner and now Scott Suggs when those guys start to click in all cylinders, we’ll be alright.
(Ever think about playing C.J. Wilcox?) “No. Once that decision was made no. As much as I’m tempted to say C.J. come here man. No. I wouldn’t do that to him. I don’t think that’s fair to him. The decision was made based on the big picture. Now if we are not successful this year and that was the only reason, then maybe it was a mistake. But if we’re able to still be successful and know that he will have that year on the back end, he’s going to be really, really good player. He’ll probably get as many minutes as he wants. I think the tradeoff is worth it.”