Before boarding a bus and flying to Uncasville, Conn. for a pair of games this weekend in the Tip-Off Tournament, coach Lorenzo Romar met with the media and provided an update on guard Scott Suggs.
Romar said the fifth-year senior suffered a concussion in Tuesday’s 63-62 defeat in Albany, which confirmed initial reports. Immediately following the game, Romar was unsure about the severity of the head injury but today was unsure if Suggs will be available for Saturday.
“He’s kind of day to day in terms of a decision for this weekend,” Romar said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
Suggs is traveling to Connecticut.
If he’s unable to play, the Huskies will start redshirt freshman Andrew Andrews. At this time, redshirt freshman Jernard Jarreau is listed as the starting forward but sophomore Desmond Simmons started at that spot in the second half Tuesday. The other starters are guards Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox and center Aziz N’Diaye.
Romar said Suggs will need to be symptom free for two days before returning to the court.
Romar also cleared up how Suggs got injured. It looked as if he took an elbow to the head, but in reality Albany guard Mike Black hit Suggs in the head with his hand, which forced Suggs to fall down. As he was falling, another Albany player kneed him in the back of the head.
“Everything had to happen just like that for all of that stuff to happen to Scott,” Romar said snapping his fingers. “But it did. It was just a freak accident.”
Romar touched on several topic during his press conference.
— He said the Huskies can mitigate the Albany loss with wins this weekend against Seton Hall and either No. 4 Ohio State or Rhode Island.
— Romar liked Gaddy’s 16-point performance Tuesday, but did not like the six turnovers.
— Romar acknowledged Wilcox needs to find ways to get to the free throw line. The junior sharp-shooter has not taken a FT this season.
— Romar admitted if he had to do it over again, he would have used zone on the final defensive play against Albany when the Great Danes scored on a dribble-drive layup.
— Romar also said he may have confused players on what to do in the final minutes. Early in the game, UW’s big men trapped on screens. But in the final minutes, the Huskies switched on all screens. The change in tactics resulted in some confusion and led to an open layup late in the game on an inbound play when Albany had one second to score.
— On the late-game change in defensive strategy, Romar said: “I didn’t have confidence that night in our zone yet. Because we worked on it, just didn’t have enough confidence in it. In hindsight, no double would have gone into a zone. No question about it. We’ve done that before in situations like that and it helped us win ball games. And I didn’t do it. I felt like I may have confused our guys, which made it look like we weren’t defending at all. They were trying to do what they were asked to do. Sometimes too much on someone’s brain can paralyze you. Those are two reasons I felt I’ll take the blame for that one.”
— Romar said Albany’s zone defensive didn’t create many problems for UW. The trouble was being able to finish on short jumpers and would-be layins.
— Washington practiced at 7 a.m. today, which was the first workout since Tuesday’s defeat. Romar said:
— Romar also talked about Sacramento guard Darin Johnson, who signed with the Huskies last night. He said: “Fired up that we have Darin Johnson. Darin is a 6-5 wing that’s explosive. That can shoot the basketball. Is a gym rat. A guy that is very passionate about the game and wants to be the best. When you have that combination, that’s usually a formula that’s going to produce excellence.”
November 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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