Coach Lorenzo Romar concluded his weekly press conference with the local media and here’s a few of the highlights:
— Junior forward Scott Suggs will likely remain in the starting lineup Thursday against Arizona, although Romar said there’s a chance he could switch things up again.
— Abdul Gaddy underwent successful knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and Romar said doctors needed to take bone from his healthy right knee and place it into his surgically repaired knee.
— When asked about the police sexual assault investigation involving an unidentified UW player and a 16-year-old girl, Romar said the team has responded well to adversity and said the off-court issues had no affect on Thursday’s defeat at Stanford.
— Romar talked at length about Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams and compared him favorably to former Arizona State star Ike Diogu, the 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Williams was ranked a four-star recruit by Scout.com coming out of La Mirada High in California. The Huskies recruited him, but stopped after receiving a commitment from former UW player Clarence Trent, who transferred to Seattle University. Williams gave a verbal commitment to USC before changing to Arizona.
— Romar also said Isaiah Thomas’ 27-point, 13-assists performance in Sunday’s 92-71 win at California was the finest performance by a Washington guard during his nine years as coach. He mentioned Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy and Will Conroy, but didn’t recall a game in which they as productive offensively.
MORE FROM ROMAR:
(How has the team responded to the adversity?) “I thought we did a pretty good job. I thought we handled things internally pretty well. Because we lost a game, a lot of mention has been made was that why. I can’t say that. The way I answer that is if you saw our USC game in the first nine minutes … you would have said something must have been going on with this team off the court based on how they were playing then. … We were up 10 with 10 minutes to go against Stanford. With a layup. At the free throw line. Two-on-one. We had every chance in the world to take it up to 14-16 points on the road. I don’t think that necessarily was the case.”
(Is it eating at you personally?) “You think about all aspects of your program especially during the season when you have a lot going on. There are many nights that my wife says ‘You’re awake again, huh?’ Yeah, I’m awake. Go back to sleep. So you’re always thinking of all aspects with your program. So you spend a lot of time thinking about everything.”
(When will UW take action against the unidentified player?) “I had mentioned last week I had said what I’m going to say. I made a statement and I’m not really going to talk about that at this time. There will be a time that I will. I won’t run from it when it’s that time, but at at this time there’s no need.”
(Surprising Arizona has bounced back so quickly?) “Arizona is one of those programs that they can take a hit in a year or two and still be able to recover. I still think there’s a lot of respect for Arizona’s program around the country and not just on the West Coast. There’s some that take a hit, have a couple of losing seasons, and they never recover. I don’t think Arizona is one of those. … Sean Miller is pretty good at what he does. He’s been successful at what he does. It’s not his first rodeo so that doesn’t surprise me.”
(Was Williams on UW’s radar?) “Why would you ask me that? (Laughter) Derrick Williams was someone that was definitely on our radar and he decided to go somewhere else after we took somebody else. Next question. (More laughter) I didn’t know Derrick Williams would be doing what he’s doing.”
(Is there a deadline for picking a lineup and staying with that lineup?) “Yeah. There comes a point where you probably go with the guy that fits most scenarios. Not the guy that fits this particular team, but the guy that kind of can hold his own against any, different scenario. That’s kind of what you have to probably settle on.”
(Who would be the guy?) “It literally could be any of them. Literrally.”
(How did Gaddy’s surgery go?) “The surgery went fine. He’s on crutches now. He ended up having, they had to go inside both knees because to repair one they took bone from the other. So they anticipate a full recovery. He’s raring to go to get back out there.”
(Both knees?) “I shouldn’t have said anything because I will set the medical profession back if I begin to comment pretty much on that. But I know they had to go and get something out of that other one. I think it was bone. It was the best possible way to repair the knee to take bone from the other knee. Beyond that you must ask a professional.”
(Ever have a player account for 57 points in a game?) “No. The assists? Yeah. But the assists and the points? Haven’t had anyone do that.”
(Was it the best performance by a Husky since you’ve been here?) “Husky player? Jon Brockman has had some unbelievable performances where he went out and got 20-something points and 16 rebounds or something like that. From a guard’s perspective, in terms of productivity and efficiency, I would have to say yes.”
(You’ve had some pretty good guards here?) “I’d have to go back and check every game. I know Nate had some games where he’s close to maybe a triple double. Brandon Roy. Will Conroy had some games where he had double doubles. But on the road, 27 points, 13 assists. I can’t recall one game being like that.”
(What did you think you were getting when you recruited Thomas? Did you think he’d be one of the best players in school history?) “I don’t know if I thought that far ahead. I just knew he could score points. Here’s what I knew, his height was irrelevant in terms of putting points on the board. That’s what I knew. And I knew I’d lose some hair trying to get him to play defense. But he’s done a good job.”