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November 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Hawaii is on the horizon, but Huskies not looking past EWU

The theme from coach Lorenzo’s Romar’s weekly news conference today was focus as the Huskies wrap up preparations for tomorrow night’s game against Eastern Washington.
When asked a litany of questions about next week’s Maui Invitational, Romar said: “After tomorrow’s game I’ll answer every question about Hawaii. When we’re there, whatever you got. Whatever you want to know. If I’m going to go jump on the beach or not, which I’m not. I can answer that one right now.
“But I would just rather concentrate on Eastern right now.”
It’s only natural for No. 17 Washington (1-0) to look past the Eagles (0-1) and daydream about a trip to paradise and nationally televised games on ESPN against potential opponents such as No. 12 Kentucky, John Calipari, Terrence Jones, No. 2 Michigan State and Kalin Lucas.
But Romar wasn’t having it. Whenever anyone asked about Maui and overlooking EWU, he talked about focus and playing “the right way as long as we can.”
“We’re trying to get to where it doesn’t matter who the opponent is,” he said. “If somehow we’re playing a great team in Maui. Now we’re really going to get up for this game? Can’t play like that. You got to do things right. Build habits.
“Whether you feel you’re an overwhelming favorite or you’re an overwhelming underdog, you got to build habits. The good teams, the veteran teams they just play. They get down 20, they don’t get rattled. They just keep playing. They get back in the game. They get up 20, they dont’ get content and end up winning the game by 8 or 9.”
MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM ROMAR’S PRESS CONFERENCE:


— Romar said he was pleased the Huskies played hard during the McNeese State game even though they had a big lead in the opening minutes and won by 54 points. “It was a great testament to our unselfishness and how our guys continued to share the basketball regardless of the score,” he said.
Venoy Overton, who needed about six weeks to recover from a hamstring injury, didn’t have a setback after Saturday.
— It appears as if senior guard Overton will remain on the bench and continue starring in the role as a sixth man. “He handles it okay,” Romar said. “But I know he’d like to be there more in the beginning. He’d like to play 40 minutes.”
— The Huskies have just 10 scholarship players, however, Romar doesn’t feel like he has too few players on the roster. He declined to project how the minutes will be distributed and didn’t discuss in detail how the rotation will work out.
— Romar is not monitoring Aziz N’Diaye’s minutes even though the 7-footer is playing competitive basketball for the first time since ACL surgery in June 2009. Romar said the general rule is JC players – unless they’re superstars – don’t play their best basketball until January. “It usually takes them awhile,” he said.
— On Matthew Bryan-Amaning’s brilliant opener, Romar said: “It’s funny how when kids get older, they get better somehow and they mature. In this day of one-and-done, if you’re not one-and-done you’re a failure. Some look at it that way. People lose sight of the fact that there’s just a chosen few that are one and done. Not everyone does that. That’s not the norm. It just doesn’t happen that way. You develop. You mature and you get better. It happens time and time again with guys.”
— Romar envisions playing Bryan-Amaning and Aziz together against teams like USC, which has a tall front line with Nikola Vucevic and Alex Stepheson.
— Romar is addressing N’Diaye’s miserable free throw performance Saturday when he missed 12 of 15 by not addressing it. He was joking in part. Romar believes when you make a big deal out of things like poor FT shooting, it becomes a bigger problem than it already is. He said he’s not going to try to change N’Diaye’s shot.
— Romar favorably compared Darnell Gant to former UW player Mike Jensen. “There was a level of comfort that we had with Mike Jensen,” Romar said. “You knew he was going to defend. You knew he was going to space the defense because he can shoot the basketball. You knew he was going to play hard. He was going to play with energy. Darnell kind of gives you that same level of comfort. You know what he’s going to give you.”
— Romar said Terrence Ross didn’t shoot very well Saturday and had a few lapses defensively, but believes the freshman has a very bright future.
— Romar was impressed with C.J. Wilcox on Saturday, especially his seven rebounds. “If he plays 25 minutes, he gets a double double from the guard position and that’s exceptional for a freshman,” he said.
— Romar feels bad for former UW commit Enes Kanter, who signed a LOI with Kentucky and was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA last week. Romar said the Huskies had a feeling he might miss some games because he played professionally in Europe. Still, UW wanted Kanter to enroll last January and hoped he’d sit out last season if the NCAA levied any sanctions against him.
MONDAY NIGHT LINKS:
— Bryan-Amaning and Vucevic were two of 12 players picked on the NCAA All-European team as selected by BallinEurope.com . The site also has videos of each player.

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