Coach Lorenzo Romar said there’s just one spot in the starting lineup that’s up for grabs.
Four players (Desmond Simmons, Martin Breunig, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Jernard Jarreau) are vying for the power forward position. Romar wasn’t ready to announce who’s going to start, but most signs point to Simmons.
Still when asked who has impressed him the most during practice, Romar said Kemp and Jarreau have made big strides. Romar praised Kemp for being more consistent with his mid-range jump shot and developing into a low-post threat.
On Jarreau, Romar said in the past he’s been about “activity with no achievement.” Lately the redshirt freshman is being much more productive.
The other starters include: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox at guard and center Aziz N’Diaye.
Romar hadn’t spoken with the media since the start of practice and he touched on a variety of topics. Here’s a few notes.
— This year the Huskies will hold their exhibition before it’s closed scrimmage, which is a departure from the past. Washington has had just one intrasquad scrimmage so things may look a little rusty during Wednesday’s exhibition against Western Washington.
— Due to the summer trip and exhibition games in Europe and Africa, Romar plans to do less experimenting tomorrow night than he might normally do. Still, he wants to look at a variety of players.
— Transfers Perris Blackwell and Gilles Dierrickx, who are redshirting this season, can not play in exhibitions or scrimmages per NCAA rules.
— N’Diaye bumped knees with someone in practice last week and looks as if he’s still a little hobbled. However, he’s expected to play Wednesday.
— Romar expects the new high-post offense will sputter early on and targeted December as to when things will run smoothly.
— Romar quoted his mentor Jim Harrick who had this to say about the high-post offense: “Easy to scout. Hard to stop.”
Here’s some video of Romar’s press conference.