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October 21, 2010 at 7:08 AM

Jamaal Williams returns to UW to pursue coaching career

Former Husky Jamaal Williams, (left) who played a pivotal role in Washington’s back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances, has returned to Washington after a brief professional basketball playing career.
Williams has expressed a desire to become a coach, however, he joins the team’s office staff, which means he can’t coach players on the court. He attends practices and one of his duties includes breaking down video.
“He had been saying he wanted to get into coaching and it’s hard to break in,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “As a former player, this is an opportunity that we’re giving him to get into the business. He said he’s serious about it. He’s been showing up every day so here it is.”
Williams, a 6-foot-6 forward, played two years at Washington after transferring from New Mexico. He was a reserve on the 2004-05 team that posted a school record 29 victories, won the Pac-10
Photo credit: Seattle Times – Rod Mar
Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. He also started on the ’05-06 team and scored 28 points in the overtime defeat to Connecticut in the Sweet 16.
“Just his presence is good,” Romar said. “The guys know what he did. And his knowledge of the game is a benefit. He’s pretty smart. He always had a high basketball IQ.”
Romar has had success in the past with former players joining his staff. Cameron Dollar played at UCLA when Romar was an assistant. Dollar joined Romar’s staff at Saint Louis and followed him to UW before moving on to Seattle University last year and becoming the head coach.
Romar said having former players on staff is beneficial.
“It’s great,” he said. “They know your system. They know you. They can talk to the players at that time of the year when the players can’t stand the coaches because they think the coaches don’t understand what they’re going through. He can talk to them from a player’s perspective now that he’s on the coach’s side. He’s familiar with us. And we’re always going to be loyal to our own if they are qualified.”
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS: ranks the nation’s top backcourts and slots UW at No. 10.
— The Bleacher Report includes Isaiah Thomas on its list of six Pac-10 players to watch.
Jason Jordan, who writes for ESPN and Dime Magazine, says Arizona State commit Jahii Carson won’t sign next month, will wait until the spring and still keeps in contact with Washington and Arizona.
Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic spoke to Carson who said he’s waiting to see who else commits to ASU because he wants “someone who’s going to be there for the journey with me.” gives a detailed breakdown of Arizona’s first few days of practice and says point guard MoMo Jones has slimmed down drastically. Newcomer Jesse Perry is reportedly giving Jamelle Horne all he can handle in practice.
— Here’s a link to a live stream of the Pac-10 news conference, which follows today’s summit between the conference’s chancellors and school presidents.
— Virgina, which plays Washington Nov. 21, was picked 11th in the 12-team ACC by media types who cover the conference. Defending national champion Duke received 61 of a possible 62 votes.
Andy Katz broke an interesting story about a potential battle between the Conference Commissioners Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches over summer recruiting. Sources told the CCA “voted 31-0 at its fall meeting last month in Chicago to recommend eliminating July men’s basketball recruiting beginning in 2012 to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.” The NABC favors July recruiting and claims an elimination would increase costs and force coaches to spend less times with their teams because recruiting would only occur during the academic season.
— UCLA coach Ben Howland has been impressed with Malcolm Lee.
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Malcolm Lee is our Captain and his leadership has been tremendous thus far. Nobody on our team works harder. Leadership by example!less than a minute ago via web

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