On his weekly radio show, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar (left) chimed in on the Pac-10 Conference MVP award, which went to California senior point guard Jerome Randle.
“The thing that makes it tough for me is that you have to recognize what Cal and Jerome Randle have done this year,” Romar said Monday night. “If Jerome Randle is not on that team, I think it’s very difficult for them to win the league. However, Quincy Pondexter with five Pac-10 Player of the Week (awards) did a lot for our basketball team.
“Well the argument is they won the league. Well I think it should have been a co-MVP and if that’s the criteria well then Jon Brockman should have won it last year.”
Brockman, of course, did not win the POY last year when he led the Huskies to their first Pac-10 outright championship. The award went to James Harden, who played for third-place finisher Arizona State.
This season, UW finishes third and Pondexter falls short of Randle in the voting among conference coaches.
Coaches had a noon Sunday deadline to return their all-conference choices, which was before Pondexter won a record fifth Player of the Week award.
Romar said if coaches had known the POW results, the POY balloting might have changed.
Coaches are prohibited from voting for themselves or their players. Also, the POW award is determined by the conference office and not the coaches.
MORE NOTES FROM ROMAR:
— Romar called Isaiah Thomas a maestro and believes the sophomore guard is hitting his stride as a playmaker.
“What Isaiah has began to do as the season is winding down is kind of become more of a maestro out there on the floor,” Romar said. “He threw some phenomenal passes in the Oregon State game. He’s penetrating the defense. A couple of times he shot the ball and I thought you’re a little short on that one and then you look and it’s landed in one of his teammates hands and he knew exactly what he was doing.
“Now he’s being a really serious threat in that they got to guard him on the outside when he penetrates if they collapse on him he’s able to dish the ball off and if they don’t he goes to the basket so strong that he’s able to finish.”
— Romar is intrigued by the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal pairing of No. 4 Arizona and No. 5 UCLA.
— Don’t expect major changes from the Huskies Thursday when they face Oregon State in the quarterfinals. UW swept the regular-season series with OSU.
“With what we do, we’re not going to do a whole lot different,” Romar said. “There will be some adjustments. Sometimes little minor adjustments can be the difference in winning or losing the basketball game. Maybe a different assignment. Maybe we play a different defense at some time during the game. Maybe we double a player that we didn’t double before. And the same thing goes on the other end.”
— Romar said USC, which won the conference tournament last year, would have been the favorite this year.
— Romar compared Justin Holiday to former Los Angeles Lakers star Michael Cooper. Romar said former coach Bobby Knight visited Holiday for an in-home recruiting visit.
IN OTHER NEWS AND LINKS:
— Saint Mary’s winning the West Coast Conference Tournament didn’t exactly help the Huskies. The WCC will send two teams to the tournament, the Gaels and Gonzaga.
— Oregonian columnist John Canzano reports former Sonics coach P.J.Carlesimo has emerged as a candidate at Oregon to replace Ernie Kent, who reportedly will be fired at the end of the season.
—Meanwhile, Kent is declining to answer questions about his future.
— Arizona’s Derrick Williams was named to the Sporting News All-Freshman team along with Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors, Kansas’ Xavier Henry and John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins from Kentucky.
OBSERVATIONS ON PAC-10 ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS:
— Everyone else has commented on the Pac-10 coaches voting and I wanted to make a few points. The Pondexter-for-POY snub has been covered from every angle. Years from now, the coaches will be embarrassed by what they did to him.
— Another curious omission was not selecting Oregon State’s Seth Tarver to an all-conference team. Seems a little odd the Defensive Player of the Year isn’t one of the top 15 players in the league.
— Four Cal Bears were included on the all-conference team, which is one too many.
— Cal G Jorge Gutierrez is one of my favorite players, but his addition to the All-Defensive team feels as if coaches voted on reputation without looking at the games. Gutierrez is one of the best defenders in the conference, however, he missed five conference games or 27.7 percent of the Pac-10 season. Technically he’s not listed on the conference statistics because players must appear in 75 percent of their team’s games. In keeping with the spirit of that provision, Gutierrez should have been excluded from post-season awards.