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December 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Abdul Gaddy may receive a bigger role in the offense

Pac-10 coaches got together for the first time since Media Day via teleconference this morning. Not everyone was in attendance. Arizona’s Sean Miller was unavailable and Oregon State’s Craig Robinson was on a flight.
Still there were some interesting tidbits of information.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar identified shooting and depth as a strength and executing the halfcourt offense and rebound as a weakness. He defended his decision to give C.J. Wilcox two potential game-winning shots in the final seconds against Michigan State and Kentucky explaining the redshirt freshman is shooting 50 percent from the field and 54.3 percent on three-pointers.
“When a guy is shooting the ball that consistently … there’s a good chance the ball will go into the basket,” he said.
Romar also said he’s been impressed with sophomore Abdul Gaddy who has nearly a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He has 35 assists, 13 turnovers and is shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 57.1 on treys.
“He probably will take more shots as we go down the pike here,” Romar said.
Gaddy has taken 62 attempts, which is fourth behind Isaiah Thomas (99), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (84) and Justin Holiday (81).
MORE NOTES AND QUOTES FROM TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE:


— UCLA coach Ben Howland raved about freshman Josh Smith, the former Kentwood High star.
“His big thing is getting in better, better condition for him to play more minutes,” Howland said. “He’s got unbelievable hands. His hands are just incrdilble. … He has to learn to play lower and not so erect. He’s really going to be a good player when you consider he’s just a freshman right now.”
— Oregon coach Dana Altman listed rebounding and transition defense as his biggest concerns. He’s pleased with the play of Joevan Catron, a 6-foot-6 forward who is fourth in the Pac-10 with a 17.6 scoring average.
“Joevan has been unbelievable,” Altman said. “Since Day 1 he’s been our leader. I think there’s a sense of urgency because he’s a senior.”
— USC coach Kevin O’Neill believes the Trojans would be 8-2 or 9-1 if they had transfer Jio Fontan, who will play his first game with USC on Saturday against Kansas. ***Corrected – 3:38 p.m.*** Fontan has practiced with the Trojans for nearly a year, but had to sit out due to transfer rules. The 6-foot-1 point guard was the Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball rookie of the year as a freshman at Fordham.
“He’s our best player,” O’Neill said. “He’s our a best scorer. He’s our best defender. He’s our best passer. He’s our best player.”
— Washington State coach Ken Bone is somewhat concerned about the chemistry going forward because guard Reggie Moore (wrist) and forward DeAngelo Casto (foot) are not totally healthy and still need to skip all or portions of practice. There’s no timetable when they’ll fully recover.
Otherwise Bone is ecstatic about the 7-1 Cougars, particularly the defense which is 12th in the nation allowing just 56.4 points per game. Last year, WSU held opponents to 70.6 ppg.
“Defense kind of took a little bit of a back seat (last season),” Bone said. “This year we created our practices to where more possessions are critical and there’s a price that is paid and consequences if you don’t get stops.”
— Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins is pleased with the quick maturation of freshman point guard Aaron Bright, the former Bellevue High star.
— California coach Mike Montgomery lamented the decision to play a tough non-conference schedule the year after losing eight players. The Bears (5-4) have lost four of the past six games.
“We didn’t do a good a job researching some of these teams,” he said in reference Southern Mississippi and San Diego State. “San Diego State has nine seniors back. When you got as many people as we lost, we lost 8, you’d rather not have that type of game.”

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