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December 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Thomas: “We’re not as good as we thought we would be”

Photo credit: AP Photo – Elaine Thompson

Isaiah Thomas (above) said he was surprised coach Lorenzo Romar drew up a three-pointer for redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox in the final seconds at Texas A&M. He also said he would like to be the go-to guy in the clutch, but supports whatever decision Romar makes.
“Coach thought that was the right play and he makes the calls so I’m down for it,” Thomas said. “If it went in, it would’ve been a different story and we would’ve won. So he’s doing things that he feels like that are the way to win and that was his decision and I was 100 percent behind it.”
Thomas believes Wilcox will benefit from taking potential game-winning 3s in the final seconds against Michigan State and A&M.
“What’s he had?” Thomas said. “Two of them now? So it’s repetition so he’s just got to knock down the shot. He’s a good shooter and both of those shots he’s had were wide open. He’s a freshman. He’s going to knock them down hopefully. Hopefully one time Romar will let me get that one.”
Thomas said he wants to be the go-to guy in the final minute for Washington.
“That’s what you live for; you want to be that guy,” he said. “Miss or make you try to do what’s best for the team, you try to win. Like I’ve always told myself and like I’ve told coach Romar, I want the ball every play, but it’s not meant for it like that. Hopefully next time we’re in that situation he calls the play for me but if not, he’s trying to win ballgames so I’m down for whatever.”
When asked about his steal and last shot against the Aggies, Thomas said: “I should have (went to the basket), but the time was going way too fast. Every time I looked at it, it was like two seconds left. It is what it is. If I would’ve made the shot it would have been a different story. I’m glad it worked out like that now. We’re a stronger team and we’ll know what to expect. I’m not saying I’m glad we lost, but knowing that we lost we know what to expect in those situations and we learn from mistakes.”

(What do you think about the tweaks in practice and Romar stressing taking shots deeper into the shot clock?) “It’s a small adjustment. We know that we can score with the best of them and knowing that when we don’t have it we have to be patient, get the right shot, right pass, right play. It’s a learning process for all of us, so we’re just trying to do what’s better for this team and I guess coach thinks that’s what’s better: in those situations when we’re not scoring 100 we have to know how to execute.”

(Is Washington where you thought it would be right now?)
“Naw, not right now. It’s only December. Pac-10 hasn’t even started, that’s a brand new season. We’re not as good as we thought we would be, but my first three years here I swear it’s happened like that every year at the start. We start out slow and we gradually mature and get better throughout the year.”

(Is UW still learning how to win close game?)
“Yeah. This year we’ve been in a couple close ones and we haven’t won them. We’re just learning each and every time we lose. We’re learning from our mistakes and knowing what we can do better to win those games.”

(Does it hurt not having Quincy Pondexter because he made a lot of big shots in the final seconds last season?)
“Not really because last year it wasn’t like we’re going to give the ball to Quincy and get out of the way. Quincy just happened to have the ball and made big plays. We just have to find that niche and that person that we can depend on and hopefully, I want that to be me, but if coach sees something different then that is what it is.”

(Does the A&M loss hurt more than the other two?)
“Probably because it was little things and we knew we could have won that game. Even still that we didn’t’ do (the little things) and we only lost by one so that hurts even more just knowing that we didn’t box out and they scored a lot of points off our turnovers, stuff that we could control. Knowing that, that hurts a little more. Losing to Kentucky and those type of teams you have to tip your hat off to them and tip your hat off to A&M, but we know deep down that we should have won that game.”
— Wrote our story today on Wilcox, who has been a bit of surprise this season while averaging 10 points off the bench and taking some big shots for the Huskies.
— The Huskies have started 6-3 and lost three games to their three toughest opponent, but Jerry Brewer says it’s no time to panic.
— Montana knocked off its second Pac-10 team last night beating Oregon State at home 71-66. The Grizzlies went on the road and toppled UCLA this season.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller is getting tough on the Wildcats after consecutive losses, including an 87-65 loss to BYU.
Tyus Edney returns to UCLA and will assume the title of director of basketball operations.
— Seven-foot junior college transfer Dewayne Dedmon becomes eligible to practice with USC. Thursday. He can’t play this season, but he gives the Trojans a big lift in practice.

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