Slow week on the hardwood for Washington, which doesn’t have a game Thursday. The Huskies next game is 7 p.m. Sunday in Pullman against cross-state rival Washington State.
Coach Lorenzo Romar will give the players some time off this week. Perhaps because he’s squaring off against WSU coach Ken Bone, his good friend and former UW assistant, Romar is going to add a few more plays before the game against the Cougars.
When asked about the plans this week, Romar said: “Give them rest on their legs. Give their minds a little rest. Maybe put a couple of different sets in, maybe some different wrinkles. And get better at what we’re already doing.”
MONDAY MORNING NOTES:
— Recruiting is heating up again as the regular signing period (April 13 – May 18) approaches. All eyes are on San Diego big man Angelo Chol who will reportedly visit Arizona, his fourth of five official visits, on Friday. The 6-foot-8 forward is scheduled to trip to Washington on Feb. 12. He’s taken visits to Kansas, North Carolina and Alabama.
— UW signee Andrew Andrews has established himself as the best guard in Oregon, according to some high school coaches.
— In his previous game for Tacoma Community College, UW recruit Kevin Davis came off the bench and collected 13 rebounds – six on the offensive glass – in a 75-51 win over Centralia on Jan. 19. He had four blocks and eight points on 3-for-5 shooting.
— On its pay site, Rivals.com lists Washington under the medium interest category as it pertains to class of 2012 recruit Braxton Bunce from Kelowna Secondary School in Kelowna, British Columbia. There’s not a lot of information on the 6-foot-11 center just yet. Here’s a story in The Province about Bunce’s game on Saturday.
— And finally, it should be an interesting debate within the Pac-10 office this morning about the Player of the Week award. With apologies to the UCLA Bruins, I’d imagine there’s two legitimate candidates. Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams, who followed a 22-point, 11-rebound performance in an 85-68 defeat at UW with 17 points and 19 rebounds during a win at WSU. The other candidate is either Matthew Bryan-Amaning or Isaiah Thomas. Schools nominate one player from its team.
Against Williams and Arizona, Bryan-Amaning finished with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, seven rebounds, three blocks and five turnovers. Two days later, he converted 11 of 16 field goals and connected on all eight free throws to score a career-high 30 points. He also had nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
Thomas was equally spectacular. He accounted for 22 points on 7 for 12 shooting, 10 assists and six rebounds against Arizona. It was the first time since 2006 a Division I player had consecutive games of at least 20 points and 10 assists, according to the Associated Press.
Against ASU, Thomas had 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and six rebounds. In the second half, he also provided lock-down defense against the Sun Devils leading scorer Ty Abbott.
So who would you nominate?