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February 26, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Romar has a spot for ASJ, but Sarkisian needs to give the OK

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After football signing day, I talked to coach Lorenzo Romar about Gig Harbor’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins (left), the incoming freshman tight end who has indicated he wants to play basketball.
At the time Romar said the ball was figuratively in coach Steve Sarkisian’s court. Romar said a final decision hasn’t been made on the matter. He listed a couple of football players (Devin Aguilar and Kavario Middleton) who expressed an interest in basketball but it never materialized.
This week, Romar spoke to KJR-AM’s Dave Mahler and went into a little more detail about Seferian-Jenkins. He said it’s difficult to make the switch in January because other basketball players have been in basketball mode for months.
Still when we talked Friday, Romar said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Seferian-Jenkins could help the Huskies inside.
“Absolutely,” he said. “No doubt about it. He has good size and he’s a heckuva an athlete.”
Romar acknowledged the last player to play football and basketball was Nate Robinson in 2002-03 and he quit football after his freshman year. Romar said if someone is going to attempt to play both sports, then they should do it as a freshman because it’s easier to get adjusted to the rigors of an extended season from August to March.
Corrected: 2:03 p.m.
The Huskies lose 6-9 senior forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning after the season. They missed out on high-profile big men Norvelle Pelle (St. John’s) and Angelo Chol (Arizona). UW is bringing in 6-10 forward Jernard Jerreau, who is more of perimeter player. The Huskies have also extended a scholarship offer to 6-9 forward Kevin Davis, who is playing basketball at Tacoma Community College.
Photo credit: Seattle Times – Joey Anchondo


SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Our story today takes a look at UW’s ability to block shots. With three games left in the regular season, the Huskies set a school record with 153 blocks.
— Bryan-Amaning has been on a tear recently and he tells the Everett Herald he’s looking to bounce back after a six-point, 33-minute performance in last month’s defeat at Washington State. He said: “This year, one thing I’ve tried to do is make my mark on every court I’ve played on, especially on each team. And in conference, you get to play each team twice. I just want to have a good game this time around, and I’ll get to leave my impression on Wazzu.”
— The SeattlePI.com examines the possibilities in the Pac-10 title race.
— Incoming UW freshman Tony Wroten Jr. scored 29 points to lead Garfield High to a 78-48 victory over Kentwood. The Bulldogs advance to the Class 4A state quarterfinals in the Tacoma Dome.
Ken Pomeroy will not give up on Washington.
Coug Center breaks down why WSU is suffering through a second straight late-season swoon.
— And finally, here’s the video (below) of Thursday’s press conference in Pullman with Washington State coach Ken Bone.

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