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January 24, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Monday night tidbits: Notes from Romar’s weekly radio show

Caught a few minutes of Coach Lorenzo Romar’s weekly show with KJR tonight.
— The Huskies had a 90-minute practice on Friday to prepare for Arizona State, which was a quick turnaround for an early Saturday game.
— Romar thinks Arizona State will upset some teams this season much like he thought Oregon, which knocked off Oregon State on Saturday, would surprise some teams this year.
— Romar continued to stump for Isaiah Thomas.
“I’m going to put my fan hat on and I started to look at the box scores from the greatest point guards in the country to see if they’re doing the same things that he’s doing because I don’t think they are,” he said. “I think there’s some that are distributing the ball. I think there are some other that are scoring the ball, but I don’t know if there are any that’s distributing it and scoring it and defending the way he’s doing right now. … It’s the way that he’s going about his business. He’s not just accumulating numbers. There’s a method to his madness.”

— Romar said Thomas is dealing with nagging injuries.
— Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning are “really playing well together,” Romar said. They’re able to shine because they’re surrounded by more talent than previous years.
“With more offensive weapons that also allows those guys to excel,” he said. “There was a time like last year and the year before where the defense could concentrate on those guys and we couldn’t make them pay. Now if you really concentrate on a couple of guys, there’s some other guys that are going to step up and they can score 20 points on any given night. You’re a much better basketball team when you have multiple guys that can go out and score.”
— Romar wishes Thomas and Bryan-Amaning could have been the Co-Player of the Week this week.
— Romar said the Huskies are feeling the effects of receiving the best effort from opposing teams. “We’ve handled it pretty good,” he said.
— Romar said the NCAA may add a semi-circle “halo” on the floor beneath the rims to help referees with the blocking/charging call. “The NCAA is moving in that direction,” he said. “We saw in the preseason where they did have the imaginary line down there in some tournaments to experiment with it. I think people approved of it. I think coaches liked it. And I think there will come a time when they do put that down on the floor. … Our coaches want it now.”
— Romar talked about ASU senior guard Jamelle McMillan and said he didn’t recruit the former O’Dea High star because the Huskies had landed commitments from Thomas and Venoy Overton.
“I just felt that we didn’t need to fill a need at that position,” Romar said. “We kind of went with those guys. But they love Jamelle. You talk about a high basketball IQ. You know he’s a coach’s son by the way he plays. He’s been hurt. He’s been slowed by that groin injury and he hasn’t played the way he’s capable of playing. He’s been kind of really putting his chin strap on and kind of getting through these games here. He’s a better player than what he’s shown.”
— Romar said Abdul Gaddy, who underwent knee surgery two weeks ago, is trying to flex his quadriceps.
“He’s in good spirits,” Romar said. “I’m sure he doesn’t want to go through this again. But he’s looking forward and moving forward.”
— Romar touched on each of the four Washington recruits.
Tony Wroten first and foremost is a winner,” he said. “The people haven’t had the luxury to see and watch Tony Wroten with the USA Basketball team. … Wroten was a guy that came off the bnech and kickstarted tehri defense. … I was in touch with their coach who said he’s the best on-ball defender that he’s seen. … He goes out there and he really, really goes for the jugular.”
Hikeem Stewart is an all-around guard. He can really pass the ball. He has a really nice stroke. … He is so versatile at 6-foot-2 inches.”
Andrew Andrews was in one of our camps this past summer at times he put on an absolute show. He’s a guy that can score, but really understands how to distrubite the basketball. … He’ll remind a lot of people of Will Conroy the way he plays.”
“(Jernard Jarreau) is really slim. Just his physical appearance he’ll remind you of a 6-10 Justin Holiday or Kevin Durant at Texas. … He has guard skills. He can still handle the basketball. Can pass the basketball. He is not a low-post plyar that you put on the post the entire time. … He can see over the defense. … We’re anxious to get Jernard in here and put him on the weights and get some weight on him.”
— And finally, Romar made a few comments on Washington State. He said the Cougars have the most dangerous backcourt in the Pac-10 with Reggie Moore, Faisal Aden and Klay Thompson. Marcus Capers is similar to Holiday Romar said “because he does a lot of the little things” and DeAngelo Casto is capable of scoring 25 like he did against Arizona State.
Romar said WSU has an explosive offensive, but thought the Cougars have made the biggest strides on defense.

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