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October 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM

A few more notes from media day

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Photo credit: Dean Rutz – Seattle Times
Updated: 9:47 p.m.
Here’s my story on Washington’s need to establish the pecking order in backcourt and a photo gallery from Dean Rutz from the Huskies’ media day this afternoon.
And here’s a few observations after talking with players and watching 20 minutes or so from the first practice.
— The Huskies will practice at Hec Ed this year and will not go away for its customary three-day training camp retreat. Coach Lorenzo Romar said the team is staying home because the summer trip to Europe and Africa served as a get-away opportunity.
— One of the drills at the start of practice involved centers and forwards making entry passes into the post while standing near the free throw line. Romar admitted it’s going to take time for the Huskies to truly master their new high-post offense. He said the 10 extra practices from the overseas trip, the six games in Europe and Africa and new rule that allowed coaches to workout with players during the offseason has helped Washington install the offense. Still he believes it will look better in January than it does in the non-conference games. He also said, the offense will be even better next season.
— It was interesting to watch Aziz N’Diaye loft passes or bounce passes to Jernard Jarreau and others beneath the rim. He was very deliberate with his passes and o one occasion, Romar told him to move much quicker.
C.J. Wilcox said he’s excited about the new offense because it forces him to curl off screens and he’ll have many more spots on the floor to shoot. In the past, he said he mostly stood in the corners and waited for the ball.
— Wilcox initially downplayed any idea that he would have to lead the Huskies, but said he’s fully capable and willing to have that responsibility. Still, he believes he’ll share the job with senior co-captains Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy.
— When asked who has improved the most, Wilcox said sophomore Desmond Simmons.
— Like many UW seniors in the past, Abdul Gaddy said he’ll complete graduation requirements in January and will essentially have the second half of the season to concentrate solely on basketball. Gaddy, who is majoring in Sociology, said he’ll be the first in his family with a college degree.
— Suggs said he’s fully recovered from the right broken foot that forced him to redshirt last season. He had a setback in January and had to sit out four weeks. Suggs said he’s been pain-free since June.
— Romar said everyone is healthy and ready to go. N’Diaye, who is recovering from wrist surgery, wore a brace.
— It was also interesting to watch new assistants Brad Jackson and Lamont Smith. Jackson was particularly vocal during an offensive drill when the big guys were working the high-post. As noted in the previous post, Romar said Paul Fortier, who has the title of director of player personnel and player development, will coach on the floor while assistant Jim Shaw will have recruiting responsibilities. Romar implied Shaw’s role could change, but today Fortier was on the floor and Shaw on the sidelines. NCAA rules allow three assistants to actually coach players. “If there’s a need for a change, we can do that at a later time,” Romar said when asked about designating which assistants are allowed to coach.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, Brad Jackson, C.J. Wilcox

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