A few notes from coach Lorenzo Romar’s press conference today. You can watch the video (below).
— Backup guard Andrew Andrews practiced for the first time since spraining his right ankle on Dec. 6. However, he has not been medically cleared to play Thursday. If Andrews doesn’t play against Cal Poly, Romar expects him to return Saturday against Northern Illinois.
—Scott Suggs is averaging 20 points in the past three games since he returned from a three-game layoff due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He’s taken 10 shots in each of the past two games and Romar said Suggs and C.J. Wilcox need to be aggressive offensively.
— After a disheartening effort last Saturday, Romar said he talked to the team Monday about “what this game means to you.” He wants to see more passion from the Huskies and he’s challenging them to “get out of their comfort zone.”
— Essentially Romar wants to see a consistent effort each and every time the Huskies play regardless of the opponent or the circumstances. He noted UW played well against Seton Hall, Ohio State, Loyola Maryland and Seattle University. In the other six games, the Huskies have given inconsistent performances.
— Against Jackson State, Romar sensed UW was “bored with success,” which partly explains why the Huskies surrendered double-digit leads in the first and second halves.
— When asked how he can get the players out of their comfort zone, Romar talked about making them irritable at practice through drills and constant instruction.
— Romar said he would like to get Shawn Kemp Jr. more offensive touches. The sophomore forward has been called UW’s best low-post scoring option, but he’s taken just seven shots in the past three games. Kemp missed the first seven games due to a knee injury. Romar explained the Huskies are not yet comfortable getting the ball to Kemp on the blocks. It’s something they need to work on.
— In the final two home non-conference games, Romar wants to see Washington play consistently over 40 minutes. He wants to see the right intensity, defense, offensive execution and rebounding.
— Romar said the upcoming four-game road stretch that includes games at Connecticut, Washington State and a trip to the Bay Area is not a make-or-break point in the season. He noted the 0-5 Pac-10 start in 2003-04 that culminated with a NCAA tournament berth.