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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Huskies looking to add size this summer

Thought I’d pass along some quick notes from Washington coach Lorenzo Romar’s season-ending press conference.
He said the Huskies are working to sign a low-post player who can help them immediately. That player could be a junior college transfer or anyone else that might eligible to play next season. Remember Oregon signed guard Jay-R Strowbridge, who transferred from Arkansas State and was able to play immediately because a graduate program was not available at ASU.
Also I heard a rumor the Huskies may poach a recruit from Oklahoma or Tennessee if they are released from their scholarship.
— Senior Justin Holiday will join Matthew Bryan-Amaning and play in the Portsmouth Invitational.
— This week is spring break and the students aren’t around. Romar and the coaching staff meet with the players next week for exit interviews that will cover a range of topics.
— Romar said junior forward Darnell Gant and sophomore center Aziz N’Diaye “need to treat this summer like it’s a season.” The Huskies will lean heavily on them next season. Romar said N’Diaye was slowed at times because of his surgically-repaired knee gave him problems.
— Romar also believes N’Diaye will improve as a low-post scorer. He said N’Diaye will work with Spencer Hawes, Jon Brockman and Detlef Schrempf this summer. The Huskies are also looking into getting N’Diaye into a big man’s camp.
— As for Gant, Romar said next season will be the first time in his five-year career that he will be counted on to play a large role.
— Romar contends the Huskies won’t be as small as critics believe because Washington has never had a 7-footer like N’Diaye. He admitted it’s important to score points in the paint, but said there’s many ways to do accomplish that mission. He said dribble drives, posting up wings and offensive rebounding are non-traditional ways to score inside rather than relying on a big guy.
— Freshman Terrence Ross will likely be asked to play some power forward next season. In an ideal world, Romar said Ross would add 5-10 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He said Ross is the team’s best low-post scorer.
— Romar encouraged Isaiah Thomas to explore his options and if the junior star wants, he’ll help him gather information about his draft status from NBA general managers.
— If Thomas returns, he won’t play point guard as much as he did this season and will share the duties with Abdul Gaddy and incoming freshman Tony Wroten Jr.
— Romar disagreed with the belief that Thomas will hurt his draft stock if he returns to shooting guard because the NBA people saw him play point guard this season.
— Romar said he’s excited to get incoming freshman Jernard Jarreau on the court and implied it will be difficult for incoming freshman guard Hikeem Stewart to find minutes because UW is loaded in the back court.
— Romar said Scott Suggs could make a big leap in development next season much like Quincy Pondexter did as a senior.
— Romar said the team will finalize next season’s schedule next week.

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