January 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM
Lorenzo Romar on Cal
During his weekly press conference, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar talked about tomorrow’s game at California and last Saturday’s win over Washington State. Here’s a few notes.
— Scott Suggs tweaked his left knee in practice and is wearing a compression sleeve. He should be OK to play.
— Abdul Gaddy is under the weather. He has a cold or flu. He’s not sure what it is, but said he’ll be ready to go.
— Romar was impressed with the collective effort last Saturday in Pullman. He singled out Desmond Simmons, who did a bang up job defending Brock Motum. He noted C.J. Wilcox had seven rebounds. He liked how Aziz N’Diaye scored and was active. He mentioned Suggs who not only took over the scoring late in the game, but also made a nice play when he dove on the floor for a loose ball. And he said Gaddy was particularly good early in the game.
— Romar believes players are gaining a better understanding of the high-post offense because he’s seeing them anticipate cuts and passes. He noted Simmons connected with Wilcox on a back-door cut for a two-hand dunk.
— Romar compared Andrew Andrews to Cal’s Justin Cobbs because they relish the big moments.
— Romar said N’Diaye is “close to being our most efficient (offensive) player.” He says handling the ball at the top of the key has helped N’Diaye’s low-post moves.
— Romar is very impressed with Cal’s Allen Crabbe, who leads the Pac-12 in scoring. He said Crabbe no longer settles for the three-pointer and constantly attacks the defense.
— Romar talked about the Wed-Sat. scheduling format, which is new in the Pac-12. The Huskies are leaving for Berkeley, Calif. tonight and will return early Thursday morning after Wednesday’s 8 p.m. game on a charter plane. They’re expected to land at 2 p.m. or so. They’ll practice Thursday and Friday in Seattle and return to the Bay Area on Friday night for Saturday’s 8 p.m. game. Normally, the Huskies would stay in one place for conference road trips for a Thu-Sat. schedule. However, Romar believes the extra day forces the players to miss too much class time. Washington will follow a similar travel routine when it plays at Oregon later this month. But when it visits Arizona, the Huskies will stay on the road because the travel time doesn’t make sense to fly back and forth.