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May 27, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Lorenzo Romar Live Chat: What Did We Learn?

Let’s start by thanking Lorenzo Romar for taking the time and joining us for a Live Chat today.
We’ve been trying to secure him for awhile and it’s the first time he’s participated in an online discussion with the Seattle Times. We were hoping he’d stick around for an hour, but Romar’s chat went into overtime.
Often times questions from readers and fans are much more poignant than those from the media. And give credit to Romar because he didn’t duck any of them.
He addressed the rumored rift that supposedly exists between him and Seattle Rotary Select, a local AAU travel team that’s produced several college and NBA players.
“Totally false,” Romar said. “Totally.”
When asked to explain, why the Huskies haven’t successfully recruited many Rotary players, Romar replied: “I would say, we can’t limit the players that we get to just Rotary. We have had many, many local players come that have played for other travel teams. Contrary to what some may believe, we have signed a number of local players. Venoy Overton is a Rotary product and I would be shocked if in the future we weren’t able to secure more Rotary players. Again, our relationship is fine.
Here’s some of the other highlights from the chat:

— When asked to identify the needs for the 2011-12 recruiting class, Romar replied: “A big that can play right away and an overall talent (point guard).” It’s believed Washington may comb the junior college ranks again and attempt to land another big man similar to 7-foot center Aziz N’Diaye.
— It’s unlikely UW adds another recruit before the 2010-11 season and the Huskies will have just 12 players on scholarship. It doesn’t appear as of walk-on Brendan Sherrer will receive the extra scholarship and it will be rolled over to next year.
— Romar also said UW isn’t likely to add a JC player this year, which debunks the Carrick Felix-to-UW rumors.
— N’Diaye is fully recovered from a knee injury that forced him to miss last season at the College of Southern Idaho. He’s also returned to the court and playing games.
— Romar identified Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross as the zone- busters next season. He also said: “However, Justin Holiday has vastly improved his jump shot. He will be able to knock down threes as well.”
— The 2010-11 schedule is complete and will be released in a week or so.
— If not Washington, Romar likes Duke to repeat as NCAA tournament champions. He also thinks the Boston Celtics will win the NBA Finals next month.
— When asked what do you think it will take to get the Huskies past the Sweet 16, Romar said: “The right draw and stronger inside play.”
— Finally, Romar gave a short scouting report on each of the incoming freshman.
On Terrence Ross: Strength; A combination of athleticism and shooting.
On N’Diaye: His ability to run as a big man and his aggressive competitive spirit. Also, he’s a very good shot blocker.
On Desmond Simmons: Uncanny nose for the ball — in terms of rebounding and recovering loose balls.

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