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Coach Lorenzo Romar walked in wearing a white “I believe in the Brockness Monster” t-shirt, in honor of Jon Brockman, the former Husky star and Sacramento King rookie.
“It was sent to the office in honor of my man the Brockness Monster,” Romar said. “I just thought I would wear it today. He was here. He’s in town. He came by my office today. He’s too humble of a man to ever say, ‘Hey, go wear this.’ I had it. Pretty sweet.
“He’s the man out there in Sacramento. They just can’t wait for him to come to the game. Really. I’m not exaggerating. You don’t get to see a player play the way he does with that much intensity.”
Quincy Pondexter also wore a Kings sweatshirt to practice.
NEWS AND NOTES:
— Walk-on sophomore Brendan Sherrer was released from the hospital last week and Romar said “his health appears to be fine.” A school spokesman said Sherrer had an infection, which forced him to be hospitalized for a few of days. He’s not expected to join the Huskies on their trip to Oregon this week and it’s unclear when he’ll rejoin the team.
— Romar spoke fondly about his last visit to Oregon’s MacArthur Court, the second-oldest on-campus arena in the country that will host its final Pac-10 games this weekend. “It’s just always been a fun, fun place to play,” he said.
— Romar said it took him longer than normal this season to establish a rotation and settle on a starting five “because there were so many players that were so close.” He believes F Justin Holiday, who was a reserve the last last time UW played Oregon, will have an bigger impact on Thursday’s game as a starter.
— Romar said the Huskies didn’t overlook Ducks point guard Malcolm Armstead the last time, but admitted they paid more attention to senior guard Tajuan Porter. “We definitely, definitely always talk about Tajuan Porter when we play Oregon. … When we played against them, we talked about (Armstead). He wasn’t a guy that we said this guy can single-handedly beat us. We didn’t talk about him like that, but we addressed who he was.
“He was talented and he could get going and we had to contain him. They knew who he was going into that game. I didn’t know he was that good as he played that night. That night, I really was thinking if there are any NBA scouts here they’re going to be real impressed with him. That’s what I was thinking that night.”
— When FSN chose to televise the USC-ASU and UCLA-Arizona games in prime time Thursday, Washington was approached about moving the start time to 3:30 p.m. to have the game televised. Romar said he was for the move, but it didn’t happen.
— Romar said he noticed a difference in junior center Matthew Bryan-Amaning’s approach to practice about six weeks ago and said that might be the reason for his improved play. “Matthew put it upon himself to come out to practice … and really be focused and really try to be dialed in to try to be the best that he can be,” he said.
— Romar said Bryan-Amaning’s resurgence will change the way he coaches games and force him to call more plays for UW’s center.
“We’re going to start to,” Romar said. “What he’s been able to do is just score in the flow of the game lately. Again, focus, active. He’s been able to do that. Now, when he is shooting the percentage he is shooting as of late, you have to try to attempt to get him more touches.”
March 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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