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October 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Media Day notes: Ross is UW’s new defensive stopper

Here’s the highlights from Media Day this afternoon. Like I said in a previous post, there’s not much breaking news, but there’s several interesting tidbits.
— The seven freshman are the most for coach Lorenzo Romar since he arrived to Washington 10 years ago.
— Despite the youth, Romar said there’s a core of experience that shouldn’t allow the team to “fall apart” or “panic” when things aren’t going well.
— After losing it’s three leading scorers, Romar said: “We have the potential to have some guys to have outstanding years. … There’s some guys that are going to step up.”
— Romar said this year’s team is one of the tallest he’s ever had and believes the size will manifest “on the offensive glass and defensively. Already in some of the drills that we’re doing it’s a little more difficult to complete passes in practice. We always pride ourselves on pressure defense and you can see already just because of our size and length that deflections are happening more at a larger pace.”
— If there’s a concern, Romar said it’s getting the young guys to buy into and learn UW’s defensive philosophy. He said: “We have become a stellar defensive team because that’s what we’re capable of doing.”
— Romar said he plans to assign sophomore guard Terrence Ross on the opposing team’s best offensive wing. Romar said Ross’ defense has improved dramatically.
— Ross’ reaction to being UW’s new defensive stopper: “Actually the first time I heard that was today. It makes me want to work that much harder. I believe I can become a better defensive player.”
— Romar talked about the excitement around freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. and compared it fans’ excitement to watch local high school stars Nate Robinson, Spencer Hawes, Jon Brockman and Isaiah Thomas. “I don’t think there’s any question a lot of people want to see and follow Tony Wroten,” he said. “I don’t think we can hide that one. He’s been a good basketball player for a long time and many people have watched him play for a long time. I know a lot of people are anxious to see him get out there. Our first year here Nate Robinson came out from football and he’d only practiced with us a couple of times so he didn’t start and I remember two minutes into the game people were yelling at me ‘Why isn’t Nate in the game? We came to see Nate.’ Nate I guess he put on a show in high school. I’m sure that’s the case with Tony. A lot of people want to see him.”
— Freshman Jernard Jarreau is up to 211 pounds. He arrived this summer weighing 193.
— Freshman Shawn Kemp Jr. is down to 251 pounds. He arrived weighing 265.
— Romar declined to go into detail about the starting lineup and it will be revealed when the Huskies take the court for the season-opener Nov. 12.
— Freshman Andrew Andrews is the only person who is slated to redshirt, Romar said.

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