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November 3, 2010 at 8:01 AM

Poll question: Who would you start if you were Romar?

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar added sophomore point guard Abdul Gaddy to the starting lineup Tuesday leaving just one vacancy. The other starters include: Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday and Isaiah Thomas.
Romar tried to de-emphasize the importance of starting on Tuesday and said whoever starts will only determine whether the Huskies begin the game with a big lineup or a small lineup. He cautioned not to read too much into Saturday’s starting lineup, but he also said he doesn’t want to change lineups repeatedly this season.
Let’s take a look at the six most likely candidates.
Darnell Gant: He’s a redshirt junior who has started 45 games the past two seasons. Gant has postseason experience. Plus he’s 6 foot 8 and he’s played alongside Bryan-Amaning before. Gant is a career 73.1 percent free throw shooter who is capable of knocking down a mid-ranger jumper if he has time. He appears to have added range to his jump shot, which should open the lane for the guards. Gant is also a willing defender who is able to guard opposing forwards in the post and on the perimeter. The question with Gant has always been if he’s going to improve as a rebounder. He averages 2.9 boards per game. Chances: 30 percent.
Aziz N’Diaye: The junior college transfer is an intriguing piece in what might be a Pac-10 championship puzzle. Romar raves about N’Diaye’s defensive abilities and said he’s convinced the 7-foot center can play with Bryan-Amaning giving UW a pair of shot-blocking and rebounding posts to terrorize opposing offenses. Still it seems a little early for N’Diaye to move into the starting lineup considering he spent a year out of basketball to rehab a knee injury and he’s learning a new system. There’s also a concern about the offensive spacing with Bryan-Amaning-N’Diaye tandem. Chances: 10 percent.

Terrence Ross:
The Washington freshman has size (6-6), he can score off the dribble and on jump shots and he crashes the glass for rebounds. Ross has a lot of tools that makes coaches salivate, plus he makes highlight plays and displays next-level athleticism like no one else on the team. On the downside, he’s a freshman who is learning Romar’s system and playing organized basketball for the first time in nine months. Not sure if he starts when the regular season begins, but wouldn’t be surprised if he starts when Pac-10 season rolls around. Chances: 10 percent.
Desmond Simmons: When he signed with the Huskies last year, most observers believed Simmons would redshirt this season. It’s still a possibility, but losing Tyreese Breshers probably takes away that option. Not sure how the 6-foot-7 forward fits on the floor with the other starters. Not sure if he has a mature offensive game to space the floor just yet. This much is certain, Simmons has the potential to be a rebounding machine. Teammates say he reminds them of Holiday and that’s not a bad thing. Chances: 5 percent.
Scott Suggs; It might be time to give Suggs a shot at starting. Nine players started last season, three didn’t. One of the three was Suggs. The other two were deep reserves. Suggs, a 6-foot-6 junior, appears to have matured offensively. He’s no longer just a spot-up shooter. He’s being aggressive offensively and active defensively. Still if he’s going to start he has to knock down the outside shot and he’s a 37 percent shooter behind the arc, which is tops among the returning players. Chances: 25 percent.
C.J. Wilcox: Don’t be surprised if Wilcox begins the season in the starting lineup. Yeah he’s a freshman, but he redshirted last season which gave him an opportunity to learn the system. Plus he’s the best long-ball shooter on the team. And the 6-foot-5 guard has been displaying amazing quickness on the defensive end. Teammates say he’ll take a play off every now and then and lose focus defensively, but Wilcox brings an offensive dimension unlike any other Husky. His three-point abilities balances the floor, stretches defenses and opens middle for Bryan-Amaning in the post and Thomas to dribble drive to the rim. Chances: 20 percent.

Who would you start if you were Washington coach Lorenzo Romar?Market Research

— It was mentioned on the previous thread that Bryan-Amaning tweeted about breaking his nose in practice. He sat out Tuesday and Romar gave no indication Bryan-Amaning would be unavailable for Saturday.
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man layin in so out of it..broke my nose in practice 2day..1st time i dont no how @MrJonBrockman did this 7times..lolless than a minute ago via web

— Romar isn’t the only one in the Pac-10 who has to pick a fifth starter. UCLA coach Ben Howland has nailed down four-fifths of his starters, but he still has a point guard controversy between incumbent Jerime Anderson and junior college transfer Lazeric Jones. In a 20-minute intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, the Bruins had trouble defending.
— USC coach Kevin O’Neill said he was pleased with the Trojans, especially freshman point guard Maurice Jones after a private scrimmage against Air Force on Saturday. O’Neill was surprising forthcoming about the game, a 75-46 USC victory. makes its NCAA tournament predictions and says Washington will win the Pac-10 and earn a No. 5 seed in the tournament. Arizona and UCLA are also expected to earn bids.
— It’s a little old, but’s Jeff Goodman compiled an interesting poll of the top assistants in the Pac-10 and Arizona State’s Dedrique Taylor tops the list. UW’s Paul Fortier is third in the polling that included at least 75 percent of the conference’s coaches.
Kentucky is in wait-and-see mode while the NCAA ponders what to do with former UW commit Enes Kanter.
— Interesting story on the Big East, which is still one of the dominant basketball conferences in the country, and how it’s wrestling with expanding a 16-team conference to include more schools that play football.

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