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October 26, 2010 at 6:34 AM

Lorenzo Romar: “We got a long ways to go”

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar gave a grim assessment while discussing Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage.
“We know what we have on paper,” he said. “You hear what the people are saying and where we’re supposed to be, but today we don’t look like what people think we’re going to be. We got a long ways to go.”
The Huskies will likely be announced as the preseason favorites to win the Pac-10 title at the conference’s Media Day in Los Angeles on Thursday. Other candidates include Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State.
During a closed-to-the-media session Saturday morning, Washington held a two 12-minute halves scrimmage at Hec Ed. Romar declined to reveal the starters and said he was particularly interested in seeing “who complements other guys.”

“Matchups,” he said. “That type of thing. There were a number of things that try to get out of it. … We got to play different combinations,” he said. “We got to look at where we are from a conditioning standpoint. We got to evaluate what we’ve done in a week’s time. We’re behind in certain areas and we’re ahead in certain areas. So there were disappointments and quite a bit of surprises.”
When asked who played well, Romar initially singled out center Aziz N’Diaye. After a few seconds, he included co-captains Isaiah Thomas and Justin Holiday.
“Aziz rebounded well,” Romar said. “He was a presence. Isaiah shot the ball really well. And Justin shot the ball and just did everything.”
Romar is pleased with the how players are boxing out when going for rebounds and said the Huskies are a better shooting team than past teams at this point in training camp.
He also said players need to “understand the importance of a stop on defense and offensive spacing.”
Romar said he hasn’t selected a starting lineup and declined to provide details on who might start. A week ago he said returning starters Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Holiday and Thomas will begin practice with the No. 1 unit, leaving two positions up for grabs.
“For our first scrimmage and exhibition, it’s not important at all,” Romar said. “As far as a starting lineup, we will have it. But I’m not giving any dates or setting any deadlines.”
Senior guard Venoy Overton remains a spectator at practice and continues to rest a hamstring injury. Freshman forward Desmond Simmons, however, returned and showed no ill effects after undergoing athroscopic knee surgery weeks ago.
— Oregon State is running a series of one-on-one interviews and the latest includes a Q&A with Kevin McShane, whose father Bill was a member of the 1980-81 team ranked No. 1 in the country.
Gary Parrish at identifies Texas Tech’s Pat Knight as one of five coaches sitting on the hot seat. The Huskies play the Red Raiders Dec. 4 at Hec Ed.
— On its pay site, dropped Washington to No. 20 in a ranking of the 2011 recruiting class. UW had been ranked No. 16.
— And finally, the NBA begins tonight. Rosters were set for the 2010-11 seasons and 48 players came from the Pac-10, including five former Washington Huskies. Oregon State and Washington State are the only schools not represented. UCLA leads all schools in the nation with the most former players in the NBA.

Arizona (10)

Gilbert Arenas – Washington
Jerryd Bayless – New Orleans
Mike Bibby – Atlanta
Chase Budginger – Houston
Channing Frye – Phoenix
Jordan Hill – Houston
Andre Iguodala – Philadelphia
Richard Jefferson – San Antonio
Jason Terry – Dallas
Luke Walton – LA Lakers

Arizona State (2)

James Harden – Oklahoma City
Eddie House – Miami
California (4)
Ryan Anderson – Orlando
Francisco Elson – Utah
Leon Powe – Cleveland
Jason Kidd – Dallas
Oregon (2)
Aaron Brooks Houston
Luke Ridnour Minnesota
Stanford (6)
Josh Childress – Phoenix
Jarron Collins – LA Clippers
Jason Collins – Atlanta
Landry Fields – New York
Brook Lopez – New Jersey
Robin Lopez – Phoenix

UCLA (14)

Trevor Ariza – New Orleans
Aaron Afflalo – Denver
Matt Barnes – LA Lakers
Darren Collison – Indiana
Baron Davis – LA Clippers
Jordan Farmar – New Jersey
Dan Gadzuric – Golden State
Jrue Holiday – Philadelphia
Ryan Hollins – Cleveland
Jason Kapono – Philadelphia
Kevin Love – Minnesota
Luc Mbah a Moute – Milwaukee
Earl Watson – Utah
Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City
USC (5)
DeMar DeRozan – Toronto
Taj Gibson – Chicago
O.J. Mayo – Memphis
Brian Scalabrine – Chicago
Nick Young – Washington
Washington (5)
Jon Brockman Milwaukee
Spencer Hawes Philadelphia
Quincy Pondexter New Orleans
Nate Robinson Boston
Brandon Roy Portland
Future conference members Colorado and Utah have three combined former players on opening day NBA rosters.
Colorado (1)
Chauncey Billups – Denver
Utah (2)
Andrew Bogut – Milwaukee
Andre Miller – Portland

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