Coach Lorenzo Romar ended his final weekly radio show tonight with comments on Washington’s disappointing season, this week’s Pac-12 Tournament, Washington State and the possibility of losing junior guard C.J. Wilcox who is mired in a shooting slump.
He retold the Pine Cone Story from his time at Saint Louis and talked about how the Billikens won four games in four days en route to a conference title. He even touched on former UW basketball player Austin Seferan-Jenkins, who was cited for a DUI on Saturday.
Here’s a few notes:
— On the season, Romar said: “I don’t think we had the year that I was expecting that’s for sure. I thought we would play better, but we didn’t. Early on we were inconsistent. There were some injuries. We just didn’t have much margin for error all year and it hurt us at times.”
— On not being able to hit on all cylinders at the same time, Romar said: “When the season is over and the emotion of the season is over and we’re removed a little bit and we can look a little more objectively I’m sure I’ll be able to look back and it will come back to me. I will look back on our year and I will say if I could have done a better job here we may have had a little more consistency. Just trying to get your teeth into exactly what that was, why we weren’t as consistent and just trying to figure all of that out. But we will.”
— On if the buck stops at the top, Romar said: “Always. I don’t care how much you get on your players. I don’t care what you said at the end of the game, what didn’t happen on the stat sheet, when all of that is done me as a head coach I always go back and look at what I could have done better. Usually I refer to our coaching staff as we and not I, but I’m the one that makes the final decisions. I’m the one that good or bad says this is how we’re going to do it. And if we don’t do well, I always put that on myself to try to figure out how to do better.”
— On WSU’s Brock Motum, Romar said: “He’s really good and extremely versatile with great size. I thought throughout the course of the middle of the season Brock kind of wasn’t playing with as much fire as he had before. Over this weekend especially against USC, he played like his life depended on it. He played very, very aggressive. He went to the basket. He tried to dunk on their guys. He just played with a lot of fire and consequently he goes out and scores 31 points.”
— On Wilcox, Romar said: “Some other guys are focused on it. He’s not as focused on it as some others. He’ll make his decision here pretty soon as the season ends. … I’m sure C.J. will lean on his dad. They’ve been very close. His dad is a good adviser for C.J. his entire life. In terms of his slump, I always feel like the next shot he’s going to break out of it and make seven in a row.”
— On Saint Louis’ run to a conference title: “We didn’t work out at the gym because it was 30 minutes to get there and then to come back. So we didn’t take our shootaround time. We met in the parking lot of the hotel. And the ball or what we used to simulate a ball was a pine cone from a tree. We take this pine cone and say so then they’ll cut this way and we toss the pine cone. We’re tossing the pine cone around. So we beat Cincinnati. Now we go to play the third night and our star player Justin Love says as we’re about to go over the (scouting report) on the other team ‘Where’s the pine cone?’ I don’t know. Go get another one. He says: ‘No. No. No. You can’t get another pine cone. Who has the pine cone?’ Someone says: ‘I have it. It’s on my room.’ (Love) says: ‘Go get it.’ It was something. You can call it superstitious or whatever you want, we were just so dialed in to exactly what was going on. That’s the kind of mindset you have to have.”
— On ASJ, Romar said: “Anything like that, especially with someone like him it kind of catches you off guard. I just hope that can get resolved and I’m sure it will. And I’m sure that he’ll learn from it.”
— When asked if those situations affect your team, Romar said: “When you have a group for football, 80 on scholarship or whatever it is, that’s a lot of people. That’s a lot of kids that you did not raise that come from all different backgrounds and cultures. And now you’re with them, you can’t watch them 24-7. I would think that with that many kids every now and them someone is going to make a mistake. I don’t think that’s a bad reflection on their coaching staff. And truth be told there’s some others that have made a mistake like that. Is it a pattern with one individual? I think at that point something is really, really wrong. But again I’m just pulling for Austin and hoping he can get over this.”