Freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr., who underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery almost two weeks ago, is expected to play in Friday’s exhibition against Seattle Pacific.
“I would be shocked if (didn’t),” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “He’ll practice today a little bit and tomorrow he should be able to go full or the entire practice and I would think by Friday he should be ready to go.”
Wroten has had limited work recently since the Oct. 20 surgery removed scar tissue from his right knee. It was the second surgery on the knee in three years. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a football game as a junior at Garfield High.
Washington may release the starting lineup Thursday, while Romar indicated junior center Aziz N’Diaye will likely be among the starters.
“I think it will be hard for him not to start,” Romar said.
Here’s some notes and quotes from Romar’s weekly press conference including an amusing recruiting analogy.
— Seattle Pacific’s 69-68 win over No. 16 Arizona last week is not a motivational issue, Romar said.
— He described Friday’s game as a “dress rehearsal.” Romar said the score isn’t important, but the intent is to win the game while “playing maybe players that wouldn’t play as much.”
— Andrew Andrews, who is planning to redshirt this season, will get significant minutes.
— Romar said he’s “anxious to see how we’ll defend” against SPU. He described the Falcons as methodical and said they don’t make many mistakes. He likened them to the Portland Pilots who knocked off UW in the 2009 season opener.
— After last week’s practice against NBA alumni and the scrimmage at Santa Clara on Sunday, Romar said the team’s defense is further along than he originally thought. Still he cautioned: “Versus SPU, every mistake we make will be exposed.”
— Romar said junior point guard Abdul Gaddy and Wroten will play extensively together Friday and throughout the season. He asked: “When have we not played two point guards?”
— Romar said freshman Shawn Kemp Jr. must overcome conditioning issues, rust and learning UW’s system before he’s totally comfortable on the court.
— Among the new NCAA rules passed last week, Romar said the $2,000 payment to players could be a recruiting advantage for the Pac-12 – if the conference decides to implement it – against schools who are not able to offer the payment.
— And finally Romar said he’s unsure if the Huskies will sign anyone during the early signing period. He’s unable to talk specifically about prospects, but used a long-winded and somewhat story to update UW’s 2012 recruiting.
Romar: “This is a bad analogy so please, but I remember times when I had something planned for my wife for her birthday and I don’t mention a thing about her birthday. The day of her birthday, I still don’t mention it. Don’t say a word because I know the present is coming when I get back home from work. And she’s wondering it’s my birthday. What’s going on? Did he forget? I hadn’t forgotten the entire time. I knew exactly what was going on. I’d been planning this for six months. So finally when I finally give it to her (she says) I thought you forgot. No didn’t forget. You thought I forgot because you didn’t know what was going on.
“Not that we’re going to get some gift – that’s why it’s a bad analogy – but we know exactly what’s going on. And there is a fall signing period and there is a spring signing period. It’s not like if you don’t sign anyone in the fall you can’t take anyone else.
“If you’re concerned and you think we’re not going to get anybody at all, (then) you might be surprised. But we don’t know if we’re going to sign anyone in November. But we know we’re going to be able to field a team next year and we should be okay.”