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December 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Why is Matthew Bryan-Amaning coming off the bench?

A good portion of Lorenzo Romar’s press conference Wednesday was devoted to Matthew Bryan-Amaning, the Washington senior forward who began the season as a starter, but has come off the bench in the past three games.
Coach Romar said he’ll continue the pattern of bringing Bryan-Amaning off the bench Saturday at Texas A&M.
When asked why Bryan-Amaning was demoted, Romar said he wanted to reward sophomore center Aziz N’Diaye, who had some nice games at the Maui Invitational, particularly a 10-rebound, 5-block, 5-point performance against Kentucky.
Conversely, Bryan-Amaning had his least productive games of the season against the Wildcats and Michigan State.
So Romar made the switch.
What’s puzzling is why he’s kept N’Diaye in the starting lineup even though he’s seemingly regressed in the past three games and Bryan-Amaning is surging, at least offensively. He’s second on the team in scoring (14.9 average) and first with a 60.3 shooting percentage.
As a starter, N’Diaye is averaging 2.3 points and 4.3 rebounds and he’s been disqualified once because of fouls. Meanwhile, Bryan-Amaning has averaged 15.6 points and 4.3 rebounds coming off the bench.
Bryan-Amaning hasn’t made a fuss. In fact, he’s said and done all the right things publicly. He said it’s been an easy adjustment because he was benched for 11 games last season and finished the season on a roll.
The Huskies’ 10-man rotation is seemingly better balanced with Bryan-Amaning coming off the bench. Romar, however, believes he’s equally effective as a starter or a reserve.
Romar said he isn’t punishing Bryan-Amaning and reiterated he wanted to reward N’Diaye.
“If Aziz wasn’t working so hard trying to do what we were asking him to do, we might not have made the change,” Romar said. “But it wasn’t all Aziz. Matt was in there. Some guys work harder than anyone, but they don’t have the talent to get anything done. Aziz worked hard and got some stuff done.”
— The News Tribune caught up with former Husky Elston Turner, who transferred to Texas A&M, and is sitting out this season.
— It was an uneven night for the Pac-10 last night. Washington State and Klay Thompson easily toppled Gonzaga 81-59, which dropped the Bulldogs to 4-4. Thompson finished with 24 points, six rebounds, seven steals and six assists.
— No. 14 San Diego State is the King of California and the Aztecs proved it last night during a 77-57 win over the Golden Bears. Cal falls to 5-3.
— Arizona had blown out its previous five homecourt opponents by an average of 30.6 points, however, the Wildcats stumbled a bit, but still were too talented for Cal-State Fullerton, winning 73-62.

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