UPDATED: 4:20 p.m.
It’s somewhat ironic Washington coach Lorenzo Romar scheduled a home-and-home series with Saint Louis so Scott Suggs could play in front of his hometown friends and family.
As it turned out, the fifth-year senior won’t play in either game against the Billikens.
Last year he suffered a season-ending right foot injury.
This year, he has plantar fasciitis in his right foot and will miss his second game Wednesday when Saint Louis visits Washington.
Romar is unsure when Suggs will return, describing him as “day to day if not week to week.” Suggs has been wearing a walking boot and it’s fair to say he’s questionable for Sunday’s game against Cal-State Fullerton.
Shawn Kemp Jr. (knee) has not played this season and is expected to return mid-December.
Romar estimates UW is missing 20-25 points with out Suggs and Kemp. He thinks they’ll return will help the Huskies score more points, but is unsure if they’ll immediately make UW a better rebounding team.
MORE NOTES FROM ROMER’S PRESS CONFERENCE
— C.J. Wilcox took a hard spill Saturday, but he’s expected to play Wednesday.
— Romar said he “loved” Wilcox’ play and demeanor last Saturday when he scored a career-best 28 points. He noted Wilcox attempted 25 shots and only took five three-pointers. Romar said Wilcox was more aggressive attacking the rim.
— Romar hinted at a change in schemes because the Huskies are playing essentially a seven-man rotation. He said it’s unfair to expect deep reserves Martin Breunig and Hikeem Stewart – both sophomores – to make big scoring contributions at this point in their careers. However, Romar added redshirt freshman Andrew Andrews is capable of shooting better than 25 percent from the floor.
— Romar anticipates playing more zone this season. He admitted the Huskies’ aren’t as good with on-ball defense in the backcourt as previous years. Washington has trouble keeping guards out of the lane and playing zone will help solve that problem. Romar acknowledged that traditionally it’s more difficult to rebound playing a zone defense.
— Romar touched on former UW star Tony Wroten Jr., the Memphis first-rounder who was assigned to the D-League. Romar said NBA teams send players to the development league for a variety of reasons and noted former Tacoma-area star Avery Bradley spent time in the D-League. Romar also said most players could benefit from an extra year or two in college.
— Romar said he’s never coached a regular-season game that started as late as Wednesday’s 9 p.m. game. The late start is the result of the Pac-12 Networks, which has three games slotted at 7 p.m., including Washington State’s game against Idaho. UCLA also plays at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
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