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January 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Lorenzo Romar on Bryan-Amaning: “The light can come on.”

Missed the opening minutes, but had a chance to listen to most of coach Lorenzo Romar’s weekly radio show on KJR with hosts Bob Rondeau and Mike Gastineau.
Here’s the highlights:
(Can Matthew Bryan-Amaning turn around his season?) “Past history has suggested that it can happen, the light can come on. You mention Quincy Pondexter, but someone else Justin Dentmon. As a sophomore and a junior by his own admission had mediocre season, but his senior year, a stellar season where he was arguably at one time the player year in the entire conference. So it’s not over. In a situation like that I think you need to concentrate on putting forth your best effort. When you put forth your best effort, things sort themselves out. And Quincy spent extra time in the gym. Justin spent extra time in the gym working their tail off because you earn confidence. Confidence just doesn’t appear. And those are the things that Matthew needs to do. And he’s talented enough to where he can turn the corner.”
(Has he always given his best effort?) “I’d say he needs to improve on that. He needs to improve in that area.”
(Why didn’t we see any of his defensive skills against Oregon?) “He had a stretch where he was doing those things. He was rebounding. He was blocking shots. He was a force in there for awhile. Things didn’t go the way he would have wanted the other night and let’s just hope that as we hit this road trip, he bounces back.”
(What can we expect from Abdul Gaddy this season?) “Abdul Gaddy is a tremendous point guard and he has been feeling his way. He has been learning his way as he’s going. And trust me, if he did not have I shouldn’t even say the potential, if he were not going to be a tremendous point guard he would not be in the starting lineup. But I think he is a good enough basketball player and good enough point guard to where you put him out there and it’s going to pay dividends for us by the of this season number one. But No. 2, currently when things are going awry with our team, you put him in the game he has a tendency to be able to settle us down. He takes care of the ball better than anyone on our team. He’s probably the best passer on our team and that’s something that we need when we’re out there on the basketball floor. Even though he’s not playing the way he will be playing at the end of the year, he still gives us something when he’s in there.”
(Is he a defensive liability?)

“Early on he struggled defensively, but we grade out our games and he has become a guy that has, he’s probably around second or third in terms of the least amount of defensive errors. He doesn’t make very many defensive mistakes. Once in awhile due to a lack of experience, will not read a certain situation or a guy may get around him on the perimeter, a quicker guy guard, but for the most part, he’s getting to where he’s pretty functional on the defensive end. He is not at the point to where he’s a stopper yet, but he is still getting to where he’s functional. I anticipate he will get to a point where he understands exactly what we’re doing and his length as a guard, he will start to get a lot of deflections and create a lot of turnovers.”
(Did Oregon’s Malcolm Armstead have success against Gaddy?) “He went by Abdul one time. Go back and look at the film, look at the possessions there was one time when he actually went by Abdul. The other times, Abdul wasn’t defending him when he went to the basket.”
(There were a lot of times Armstead went to the basket.) “You’re right, but that was not the guard as much as our big that’s supposed to be coming up. The hedging was too flat. And it’s something that we did in practice with a lot of success and in a lot of games with a lot of success, but in this particular game we didn’t come up and hedge as aggressive as we should and it hurt us.”
(On USC) “It will be interesting to see what the Trojans do. They can rally up and say like UNLV did a number of years ago. They were on probation and I think they still went undefeated or lost one game. They couldn’t play in the postseason and maybe SC does that.”
(Does the O.J. Mayo recruitment reflect the murky side of college basketball?) “The one thing that I always felt was interesting was O.J. Mayo when he called coach (Tim) Floyd – based on what I read – coach Floyd said what’s your number so I can stay in touch and he said you don’t need my number. I’ll stay in touch with you. That’s a first for me that the player says no you don’t need my number.”
(Which reserve has surprised to you the most?) “I would say at this point it would be Scott Suggs because Scott played sparingly last year. Had virtually zero experience and came back this year and didn’t have a great start when we began our training camp. Didn’t really standout and all of a sudden he gets an opportunity and he’s done quite well.”
(Why didn’t he play more Saturday?) “Not to make excuses for Scott, he was up from four in the morning with, he was very nauseous. He couldn’t practice and he was able to come to the game. I thought he started out fine, but then I think it all caught up with him. He just wasn’t himself in the second half.”

(How long will Isaiah Thomas stay at the UW before going to the NBA?)
“We don’t worry about that at all. We know that there’s very few players if they can go after a year, they wouldn’t do it. Most are going to do that if they can go after a year. The better question would be is he able to go? If he’s able to go, there’s no doubt I’m sure that he would go. I think Isaiah is also realistic in that he’s not one of those guys that just says ‘Coach is messing with my game. I could just go make the league anyway. I know I can go to the NBA and average 20 (points) a game.’
“He’s not saying that. So when the NBA comes a calling and if it comes calling before his senior year, then I’m sure he will look at that. But at this point, Isaiah has never given an indication to me that I don’t care what happens, I’m going early.”
(So you think if it’s going happen, he’d leave after his junior year?) “I couldn’t tell you. I wouldn’t have told you when Nate Robinson was a freshman or a sophomore that he would go to the NBA as a junior and be the 21st pick in the draft. I didn’t think that until he went to the Chicago pre-draft camp. … Jim Harrick my former boss at UCLA, was with the Denver Nuggets and he was there. He called me during one of Nate’s game and he said Romar I am your worst nightmare. I said what are you talking about coach. Your boy is killing them. He said they can’t stop him. He’s the best player here. I said the best guard? He said no coach the best player. That’s what he said.”
(What do you think the NBA is looking for in Thomas?) “They know who is because of his ability to score. I think as Isaiah continues to grow as a player, he’s going to need to get better at distributing the ball when guys are open when he draws so much attention, which happens all the time because he draws so much attention. And Isaiah would tell you that he needs to get better at that. He’s been so good at scoring all of his life, it’s hard to resist not to continue to keep doing it. But I would think the NBA people would say they’d like to see a little more of that.”
(What do you see in Arizona State?) “A team similar to Oregon State in that they’re a tough out. When you play against them, they’re going to play that matchup zone that they give people fits with. They’re going to play a deliberate style of offense, although this year they’re scoring a lot more points then they had in the past. They’re always a tough opponent for us. Playing against them probably concerns me as much as playing against anyone in our league every year and yet I think we’ve won 5 out of 6 in the last three years including at their place. Every year I walk away every time we win, I walk away thinking wow we dodged a bullet again.”
(On Arizona) “They don’t have a whole lot of size, but they play tenacious defense. And they do have Nic Wise. We just saw Malcolm Armstead and he’s pretty good. Along with Jerome Randle probably are the top point guards in our conference, not mentioning anyone from our team.”

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