Talked to Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar this afternoon about his newest player Clarence Trent, (right) who is transferring from Washington after one season with the Huskies.
Trent will sit out next season, return for the 2011-12 season and will have three years of eligibility with the Redhawks.
(How did this happen?) “He called. Said he’s interested in coming here. We talked and that’s about it.”
(When he said he wanted to transfer, what did you think?) “It was fine. I didn’t have any feelings either way.”
(How much did you recruit him when you were at Washington?) “I had a part in it. But the same way we recruit here is the same way we recruit there. Everybody has a part in it. (Lorenzo) Romar was obviously involved. Coach (Paul) Fortier and even (Jim) Shaw, we all kind of go all hands on deck when we recruit. But I definitely had a part in it. I had a relationship with him for a long time.”
(Do you see him sliding into Charles Garcia’s role?) “No. He’s a totally different player. I see him being successful from the stand point of being really versatile and contributing in a lot of different ways. Obviously, he’s extremely athletic. Has really good size on him. He can defend multiple positions. I see him being really effective and successful.”
(Does he have a spot on the floor or is he just a basketball player?) “(Laughter) You say that as if it’s a damning statement to be just a basketball player.”
(You know what I mean.) “He has multiple spots on the floor and he is just a basketball player, which is what I want all of my guys to be. So yes. He has multiple spots on the floor.”
(Is there any touchiness when you receive a transfer from UW because that’s where you coached and you may not want to give the perception that you’re poaching from your old school?)
“There is no perception or there is no touchiness. I’m familiar with Washington’s situation and still will always have not only a lot of friends, but Romar is family. Anything that is on a negative slope in regards to my relationship with Washington is something that doesn’t come from us. That comes from outside so it doesn’t really have a place in how we think or what we do. We simply disregard it more than anything else.”
(What did you make of Trent trying out for the football team?) “Back in the day before Twitter, actually before the internet and the media, you could try stuff and do things and you were being a kid. Now you do that same stuff and you’re scrutinized. Just when is it a crime to be able to try and see if you might like something. He has wonderful physical tools. Why not try it if that’s what you want to do. I don’t think there’s no crime in doing that.”
(When he said he wanted to come to Seattle U, did you need some time to think if he’s a good fit for the Redhawks?) “No. I’ve known Clarence for almost five years. Maybe longer than that. I’ve known him for a long time. There is no wrong fit for Clarence. He’s a great kid. He’s going to work hard. It was an easy decision.”
(He’s bounced around a bit, is he the type of guy that needs instant gratification or else he’s leaving?) “No.”
(Does this make the UW-SU game more interesting?) “It won’t be interesting until we can be competitive. (Laughter) But again everybody wants it to be – I shouldn’t say everybody – but some people would like it to be some hotly contested, in-city rivalry, but it’s just not that. We’re going to play and get after it and have fun, but it’s not going to be probably what some people would want from a media standpoint. This knock-down, drag-out affair, it’s just not going to be that.”
(Romar just agreed to a 10-year contract extension and there’s speculation among Husky fans that you may succeed him if/when he steps down.) “I don’t think about that. I think about the great opportunity that I was given here at Seattle U. I think about the challenge that we have. The commitment that we have to build this program. People would like for it to be where you have two schools that are always thinking about each other, but a lot of times that’s just not the case. We’re thinking of building our program to be able to compete on the national stage and that’s where our focus is. Everything that we do from bringing talented young men in is to position ourselves on that national stage. How we practice, how we compete and how we train, the No. 1 goal for us is to compete on that national stage and we got to build it brick by brick. We got a long way to go.”
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— The prolonged coaching search is beginning to have a negative impact at Oregon. Sophomore guard Matt Humphrey told the Registar-Guard, the absence of a coach is one of the main reasons he’s decided to transfer. He’s the second UO player to leave and may not be the last.
Humphrey, sophomore forward Josh Crittle and sophomore center MIchael Dunigan are all from the Chicago area and they could walk away en masse. Rumors has Crittle leaving and Dunigan’s mom told the Register-Guard: “We just want to know who the coach is. Who knows? He might say he wants all of them to leave.”
Humphrey and Crittle weren’t major components last season, but Dunigan was the leading rebounder, third leading scorer and one-time Player of the Week winner.
— After missing on Aziz N’Diaye, who signed with Washington, Oregon State has set its sights on 7-footer Ben Mills from Wisconsin.
— It’s a little old, but here’s an amazing photo gallery from Oregonian photographer Jamie Francis who followed Terrence Jones during his senior season at Jefferson High in Portland.