Washington coach Lorenzo Romar gave an update after the first few days of practice.
The big news involved senior point guard Venoy Overton, who re-tweaked his left hamstring and will likely miss all of the preseason workouts.
Romar said the injury is a setback for the team’s best defensive player.
“He can do things (but) you can’t simulate game shape I don’t care what you do except play games,” Romar said. “He’ll still do things on the side. He just can’t take off and explode quickly. If he gradually got up to a pace where he can run as fast as he could, he could almost do that. But the quick, explosive moves, those are the things that hurt him.
When asked if he was concerned about the injury, Romar said: “I’m concerned because he’s not at practice today.”
Romar added: “He’ll be fine.”
Overton is bummed about his situation. He said he’s never dealt with a serious injury before and admitted he’s gets antsy while sitting and watching practice.
Seemingly Overton’s absence gives Abdul Gaddy the starting point guard position, however, Romar said he hasn’t determined starters just yet.
“We change every day in practice, give everybody a chance to play with different guys, just to look at different combinations,” he said.
I asked Romar what criteria he’s going to use to determine who starts.
“You always look at who has an impact on the score,” he said. “Who has the most impact on the score, and who as a result of them being out there on the floor, who lifts that team up to where they are just a little better because they are out there. And those are the guys that get to play the most.”
“Guys sometimes have it twisted. I talk to our team all the time about guys that go to NBA camps and get cut and they go back home. What happened? (And they say) man I was killing them man. None of them could stop me. Well they’re paying guys millions of dollars to score. Who are the guys that are going to stop the other guys? Who are the guys that are going to rebound? … Justin Holiday is a great example. He may not score 20 points in a game. We may score 80 or 90 points (and) he’ll have a big hand in a lot of those points because he can play any position on the floor offensively. He has a basketball IQ where knows where everyone is supposed to be. So he makes your offense flow better with him on the floor. That’s just one example of who has an impact on that score.
“Sometimes you have guys, as a guy told me before, that keeps both teams in the game. They’re scoring, but their other guy is scores the same as they do so that’s not having an impact on the score. A lot of intangibles go into that when you ask that question.”
During the first portion of practice, the Huskies ran several conditioning drills before working on defensive drills.
And finally, caught up with athletic director Scott Woodward who filled me in on the corporate naming rights situation at Hec Ed.