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October 9, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Lorenzo Romar compares Tony Wroten Jr. to Magic Johnson

Had a chance to checkout the podcast of coach Lorenzo Romar who was a guest on KJR-AM on Saturday.
On local NBA players in the area playing with the Huskies: “They can hang around as much as they want, as much as they like. … It’s great having those guys. They impart their wisdom to our guys.”
On Brendan Sherrer: “If you watch Brendan play and you didn’t know his basketball ground or the makeup of our team, you wouldn’t say oh that guy’s a walk on.”
On Shawn Kemp Jr.: “Shawn Jr. is athletic, but I don’t know if there’s 3-4 human beings that have ever lived who is as athletic as his dad. It’s hard to compare them that way. But he is a big body. He runs the floor. … Right now you can just see things are coming back to him. … He hasn’t played consistent basketball.”

On Tony Wroten Jr.: “He’s very athletic. .. But until you’re out there teaching him our concepts and our principles you don’t really understand. … Has a high basketball IQ. He figures things out really quickly. You show him something once and he gets it. … Our guys are still learning how to adjust to catching his passes because he’s the type of passes that passes you the ball when you don’t know you’re open. … I saw him when he was going to the eighth grade and it took about a half of a second to see that he was going to be really good. … There were times when we didn’t know (if he would come to UW), but it was always our intention that he would come. … We’re very, very fortunate to have Tony. Tony has been great. Tony has worked hard. Tony has looked you in the eye when you’re coaching him. … He’s been very special for us.”
On what player comes to mind when looking at Wroten: “Magic Johnson. … I’m not going to tell you right now he’s going to be a 14-year NBA all-star and first five of the all-time greatest player (and) he is Magic Johnson. I’m not going to tell you that. He has the potential of be a great basketball player. I just know that he has that size to where he can look over the defense. Magic was 6-9 and Tony is right at 6-5. … Sometimes guys see things, but they see it a second late. He sees things right as they are developing and he delivers the ball on the spot. And he can do that while going full speed. And those are things that Magic was able to do.”
On Aziz N’Diaye: “When Aziz comes out of that weight room fresh after a workout and he’s got a sleeveless shirt on, you kind of walk on the other side of the road to make sure you don’t ruffle his feathers. But he’s the nicest, nicest guy you’d want to meet. … He ran a 5:16 mile this eyar as opposed to 5:22. … He beat everyone except Scott Suggs. He had the second fastest mile time. … His footwork is better around the basket. … His hands are little better this year. The main thing is No. 1 he’s healthy. Last year his toe was bothering him and his knee at times were stiff.”
On Terrence Ross: “Right now on the defensive end, he’s in the right position. He’s in the right spot. He’s going to the places he needs to go to be an effective defender. … Terrence is going to be an improved basketball player for us.”
On Abdul Gaddy: “He’s moving just as quick if not quicker (before last season’s knee injury). … You can tell he’s an upperclassman now. … You can just see his know how in what we’re doing.”
On redshirting: Romar said other than Andrew Andrews, he doesn’t expect anyone else to redshirt.

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