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October 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Romar compares Gaddy to Price and likens Wroten to Locker

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar gave an update on the team after its two-day, three practice trip to The Evergreen State College in Olympia over the weekend.
With seven incoming players, the Huskies worked primarily on installing the defense and no one was injured, which is a bit of a blessing for a team that is missing senior co-captain Scott Suggs who underwent surgery Friday to repair his little right toe.
Romar said the freshmen are “such a compliant group” and “willing learner” more than any other incoming class he’s had at Washington. Romar also said the Huskies are closer than other other UW team he’s had.
It took a couple of attempts, but freshman Shawn Kemp Jr. passed the mile test and finished in 5 minutes and 34 seconds. The big men are required to complete the test in 5:35.
Here’s a few excepts from Romar:
On Tony Wroten Jr.: “He can make mistakes and still get something positive out of it.”
On Abdul Gaddy: “He’s a much more mature guy. He is quicker and faster than he had been in the past. He’s shooting the ball well and has command of the offense. … He is rarely, except for once in awhile when he doesn’t get back as the safety, he’s rarely in the wrong position defensively. He’s really smart. He is at a point where he really does not have to think on the floor in terms of where he’s supposed to be and who’s supposed to get the ball. He’s just playing basketball.”
On Gaddy and Wroten: “Tony and Abdul to me are like Jake Locker and Keith Price. … Jake is one play can make the highlight for the rest of the year. Keith is just more conservative. Takes his time a little more. Not as spectacular, but highly efficient. I would compare them that way. Tony is Jake. He can make just electrifying plays at times.”


Here’s a few more notes:
— Romar said the Huskies could play more zone defense than last year because the team is taller.
— Romar said Wroten, a 6-5 guard, is able to defend every position except center because the Huskies primary defensive principle is to play in front of post players and deny the entry pass.
— Fifth-year senior Darnell Gant “has shown great leadership,” Romar said.
— The Huskies have worked with using 7-foot center Aziz N’Diaye in the pick ‘n roll, which is what they did last season with Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs

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