After today’s practice at Stanford, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said junior center Matthew Bryan-Amaning (far left) will return to the starting lineup and replace redshirt freshman Tyreese Breshers.
Breshers is not injured. Romar said Bryan-Amaning, who began the season as a starter, has played his way back into the starting group. He started the first 13 games and was benched Jan. 8. He’s played the past 11 games as a reserve.
In last night’s post-game analysis, we noted how Bryan-Amaning has improved in recent games.
As a starter this season, he’s shooting .621 from the field and averaging 7.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 22.6 minutes.
As a backup, he’s shooting .500 from the field and averaging 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 19.5 minutes.
Photo credit: AP – Ben Margot
Not including a four-minute stint at UCLA, Bryan-Amaning shot .542 from the field and averaged 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 22.3 minutes in seven of the past eight games.
Breshers, a redshirt freshman, has started 12 games this season. He’s still recovering from shin surgery, which caused a nagging knee problem.
Romar acknowledged Breshers and freshman Abdul Gaddy, who has started the past 16 games in place of Venoy Overton, appear as if they’ve hit the proverbial rookie wall.
“Maybe they’ve hit a wall, but I do think they have gained some valuable experience being in there in the thick of things,” Romar said.
Romar plans to continue with Gaddy in the starting lineup, however, the freshman has not played more than 16 minutes in any of the past three games. He also has a combined four points on 2-for-9 shooting, three assists, three rebounds and four turnovers in the past three games.
February 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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