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May 23, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Romar on Simmons, N’Diaye and Ross: “I Love This Class”

Here’s the second part of the interview I had with coach Lorenzo Romar after the signing period ended.
During the first part, we talked a lot about Terrence Jones and the recruits Washington lost. Here Romar addresses the three newcomers and details how they’ll fit in next season.
(What are your thoughts on the 2010 class?) “I love this class. Again, you miss out on the last one and I hope it doesn’t take away from what has already taken place. We’ve got a 7-footer that’s agile, that can run the floor, that’s aggressive and mean and has the ability to control the paint. We got a dynamic shooter and athlete in Terrence Ross who wants to be here. You talk about those stars and he’s probably even better then what his ranking is. And then Desmond Simmons a guy whose ego is tied into winning and doing things right in the mold of a Bobby Jones and a Justin Holiday. When you got three guys coming in with a lot of guys who are already coming back, you can’t help but to be excited with what we have.”
(How do you see them fitting in?) “We don’t have anyone over 6-9, so the 7-footer obviously gives us something we don’t have. We weren’t a great three-point shooting team last year and now especially with Elston Turner transferring so Terrence Ross coming in helps right away with that. He’s also athletic enough to run the way we run and defend the way we defend. He can defend multiple positions so he fits in there. Desmond is like a utility guy, a jack of all trades that does what the other guys have done in the past in Bobby Jones and Justin HolidayThey all bring a different dimension that helps what we’re doing and fits and fills a hole in terms of what we need.”
(You still expect the high school kids to participate in the LEAP program and N’Diaye will arrive early.) “Yes. Aziz will get here to start summer school at the end of June.”
(What’s next for you and your coaching staff?) “It’s on to 2011 class in recruiting. We start our camps in June and go out in July for the evaluation period. There’s no immediate vacation for me right now that’s for sure.”
(When will you take some time off?) “At the end of August summer school is over and we don’t start until Sept. 15 so during that time would be maybe a time to be able to maybe not be in the office.”
SUNDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
Percy ‘Lil Romeo’ Miller is the third Trojan that’s decided to leave USC following Leonard Washington and Davis Rozitis. Miller, a sophomore guard, has played in nine games in the past two years.
— On the subscription sites for ESPN.com and Scout.com, recruiting analyst say Arizona State is closing in on 6-8 forward Kyle Cain who would be an incoming freshman for the 2010-11 season.
— Romar is the lead story on NCAA.org and the coach says the NCAA Executive Committee made a wise choice selecting President-Elect Mark Emmert.

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