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Coach Lorenzo Romar touched on a few topics today, including Washington’s starting lineup for Wednesday’s exhibition against Division II Central Washington.
The Huskies will start Andrew Andrews, Nigel Williams-Goss and C.J. Wilcox at guards alongside forwards Perris Blackwell and Jernard Jarreau.
Romar said the Huskies came out of Saturday’s scrimmage against Portland relatively healthy and expects everyone to be available Wednesday.
Here’s a partial transcript of today’s interview.
(What did you learn from the scrimmage?) “Those scrimmages are the best. It’s your one time – if you’re going to do it once – to really tinker and shuffle things around. So it was good. It was really good. It really benefited us.”
(Is it dangerous to try and decipher what other teams did in their scrimmages?) “I don’t think you can make heads or tails at all because it’s like a practice. You get to set things up the way you want to set them up. If the scrimmages were set up so that you went all out in those scrimmages – although we’re all trying to be our best – then it’s a different set of rules. You go out, you go and play all different kinds of combinations. Let’s just say playing man-to-man is not your strength and you’re an all-zone team. But people you’re scrimmaging against they want to go against man. So even though you’re not very good at man, you go man to help them out and they’re doing some things to help you out. In the midst of all that to come up with a final score. I don’t know how accurate that can always be.”
(Anything surprise you?) “I wouldn’t say there was anything that surprised us. I would say there were some areas where we hoped to do well in. We were thinking we were pretty good in those areas and we found out that we probably were. On the flip side, there weren’t as many negatives as there were positives.”
(Has the rotations started to take shape?) “Starting to yeah. Now that we had the exhibition game. That was one test where we tried a lot of rotations and combinations in the scrimmage because you’re allowed to do so. Now we’ll have another one here tomorrow so things are starting to come together.”
(Is chemistry starting to form between a few guys?) “I think so. I hate to (say) names to slight people early at this point. Everybody is still competing and trying to develop that chemistry. I don’t want to slight anyone.”
(How much of a benefit will it be to play the scrimmage and exhibition to get accustomed to the new defensive rules?) “Thank goodness we have them because as I’ve mentioned before we have the officials that come to our practices but now in a real game situation I think it will just further reinforced what the officials are trying to call and how they are trying to call these games. We’re the ones that have to make the adjustment. They don’t.”