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October 17, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Justin Holiday on training camp: “It’s time for us to get ready”

Few college basketball teams begin the season with a weekend excursion to a remote off-campus location for a couple of days of intense workouts.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said he doesn’t know exactly when or how he got the idea to conduct a training camp at the start of the season. He did it his first year at UW and with the exception of two years when the team held a Midnight Madness event, the Huskies have gone away to either Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. or Evergreen State College in Olympia. [Corrected – 8: 27 p.m.]
“We like to get our offensive and defensive systems down to where we know that and then we branch out from there,” Romar said. “After that we start to build our special defenses. Situational defenses and sets on offense. That weekend, we want to get our basic principles down.”
Other than basketball, the four newcomers get a chance to bond with the nine returning lettermen.
“We go on the road,” Romar said. “It’s the first time the freshmen have to be on time on the road. Boarding a bus. Having team meals together. Guys getting their rest. It’s all of those things that accompany a season. And obviously the team bonding aspect.”
Romar said he was inspired by the football team, which used to travel to Tacoma for training camp.
“Football did it and I’m a football fan,” Romar said. “I learn a lot from football in just how they do things. Sometimes we pick some of it up with our team. We’ve been doing it (going away for training camp) since we first got here. We did it that first year with the intent of zero distractions. This is just us. We’re making a total change in the culture here. We need to be by ourselves. Isolated so that we can make sure this sets in.”
Training camp concludes today and the team returns to Seattle. The Huskies are off Monday and they return Tuesday for four consecutive days of practices.
Here’s some comments from players at Media Day about training camp.


JUSTIN HOLIDAY:
(What happens at training camp?)
“It’s serious. Intense. No playing around. No joking until the practice is over. It’s time for us to get ready. If you want to win, you got to be focused doing it.”

(Would you rather start the season with training camp or with Midnight Madness?)
“To have fun? Probably Midnight Madness. But to prepare us to be the best we can, this is kind of good for us to do this. This is going to help us as far as basketball aspect.”
ISAIAH THOMAS:
(Do you prefer Midnight Madness or training camp?)
“Midnight Madness without a doubt. It’s fun for the fans. It’s fun for the players. Nobody really wants to go away and be away from everybody. But we got to do what we got to do. I did it my freshman year. It wasn’t that bad, but it is a killer though.”
(How tough is it?) “It’s real tough. They try to do whatever they can to break us down. So we just got to come prepared and come ready and everyday we got to bring it.”

(Is it a chance for the team to bond?)
“It is. Being away from everybody. Being in the hotel for the first time this year.”
ABDUL GADDY:
(Have the veterans told you about training camp?)
“They talk about it all the time. They say it’s going to be tough. They said it’s tiring. It feels like it’s forever, like it’s all day and you’re practicing for 24 hours. But I’m going into it trying to get better. I know coach Romar can’t wait to start. I know I can’t wait to start. I’m going into practice every day and I’m like it’s time to get better.”
SCOTT SUGGS:
(Thoughts on training camp)
“We had it my freshman year. Basically it’s just trying to see where everybody is at and trying to incorporate everything we’ve been going over the past four weeks.”
(Is it a team-bonding opportunity?) “I think that’s supposed to be the idea with us going away. Nobody can hear us scream out there. (laughing)”
C.J. WILCOX:
(What have you heard about training camp?)
“I’ve heard plenty of stories. Pretty much they (the coaching staff) challenge us to see how much we’re push ourselves to get better. It’s really intense. Saturday is a two a day. Lot of long hours running. I think it’s more of a test to see how mentally tough we are and to see if we’ll come together.”

(Are you looking forward to it?)
“Yes and no. To get it over with, yeah. But not really ready for all that. Long days. Very long.”
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt talks to ESPNLA.com in a video clip about his the Bruins youth and inexperience.
— No link, however, Honeycutt is said to be limited in practice because of a hip injury.
— Another video interview of a Bruin. This time it’s an interview by the LA Daily News who caught up with freshmen Tyler Lamb, who is a conference Freshman of the Year candidate.
— Nice feature by FOXSportsArizona.com on Arizona big man Jamelle Horne who wasn’t always on the same page as second-year coach Sean Miller, but appears to have established a working relationship.
— Here’s a short video clip from Arizona’s first practice. There’s not a whole lot going on in this clip, just a bunch of guys running a layup drill.
— Arizona’s Solomon Hill and Jordin Mayes talks to PointguardU.com about the differences between last season and this season.
— Freshmen freshmen Patrick Simon and Dexter Kernich-Drew won the three-point shootout and dunk contest respectively at Washington’s State Midnight Mayhem exhibition Friday, which shows the Cougars may have a talented class of newcomers.
— USC freshmen Maurice Jones and Bryce Jones (no relation) made some impressive plays during the Trojans first practice.
— USC is going to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures next Sunday in the first annual basketball Salute to Troy.
— Former UW guard Adrian Oliver is the nation’s second-highest returning scorer. He averaged 22.5 points last season and is trying to lead San Jose State to its first winning season since 1993-94.
— Here’s a rundown by Prep Hoops Assist of the top recruits who have yet to make a commitment. UW targets Angelo Chol and Norvel Pelle are mentioned.
— Finally, Cal’s Max Zhang, who is playing for the Chinese national team, was involved in a basketball brawl between China and Brazil that resulted in the Chinese team being suspended indefinitely from international competition.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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