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April 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Lorenzo Romar says UW needs to improve perimeter defense, interior offense

Lorenzo Romar met with the local media today for a postseason wrap-up. There’s a lot to address and we’ll dissect it all over the next few days, but here’s the highlights.
Andrew Andrews underwent hip surgery Friday. Romar didn’t get into specifics about the procedure, but said he expects the freshman guard to recover quickly.
Aziz N’Diaye will need surgery to repair his injured left wrist. He’ll be in a cast for a few weeks, which will negatively impact his offseason conditioning.
— Romar said the most important offseason criteria is improving the perimeter defense and establishing an inside scoring presence.
— When asked how he plans to improve the defense, Romar was at a loss for an immediate answer. He said more depth will allow UW to rotate players more frequently. He noted Abdul Gaddy averaged 34 minutes, which is about three more than ideal.
— When asked how he plans to improve the interior offense, Romar said Shawn Kemp Jr. “can be a guy that can score for us.” He also mentioned Martin Breunig as a possibility. Jernard Jarreau would be a first-year player and it’s a long-shot if he can immediately give UW consistent points in the post.
— It’s possible Austin Seferian-Jenkins will return next season, but Romar said that’s a football decision that will include coach Steve Sarkisian. Romar said Seferian-Jenkins was able to take minutes away from Kemp and Breunig because he was more aggressive.
— Romar said he expects to sign 2-3 players this year. NCAA rules prohibit him from talking publicly about Mark McLauhglin, the Tacoma CC star who committed to UW, until he signs a letter of intent.
— Romar defended Tony Wroten Jr. and said the freshman guard is as ready for the NBA, but may not necessarily be an impact player next season.
— Romar noted only Kentucky has been able to win consistently with underclassmen. He said the trick to winning in the NCAA is to “stay as old as you can.”
— Romar wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Suggs were to average 15 points next season.
— He also expects Andrews and Gaddy will be able to draw fouls much like Wroten did.
— Romar acknowledged Andrews will likely backup Gaddy at point guard and said Hikeem Stewart needs to get more consistent with his jumper.
— Romar also said C.J. Wilcox has the potential to be a national player of year candidate. During the offseason, he wants Wilcox to improve his ball-handling and his ability to create shots for himself.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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