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November 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Video: Lorenzo Romar on Jernard Jarreau, UW signees and UC Irvine

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In the video (above), coach Lorenzo Romar talks about Washington signing Timberline High wing Donaven Doresey and Canadian big man Tristan Etienne.

The Huskies coach also addressed forward Jernard Jarreau, who is out with a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee and Thursday’s game against UC Irvine.

Here’s a partial transcript.

(On Jarreau, were your worse fears realized from what you saw?) “It didn’t look good the way … initially I thought maybe … it was called a flagrant foul because the way the ruling it worded, but it wasn’t an intentional bad play that was made. He was bumped slightly just enough for him to come down and step wrong. The fall was because his ACL basically popped at that point and there was no power left for him to go up so it was like he slipped on some ice. That’s kind of what it looked like. There was no shove in the back to make him fall. In fact if his ACL would not have torn, I don’t believe he would have fell. So it didn’t look good at the time and now we know the results.

“Jernard has put his time in the last couple of years with a redshirt year in the weight room to where he was developing and I thought he was beginning to see the fruit of his labor. It’s unfortunate that (the injury) has happened. I think now with a year off it gives him a time to really, really concentrate in that weight room. He’ll be able to get back on the floor, continue to work on his shooting and some other things. Our hope is that he comes back not only good as new, but even better.”

(Could he miss the start of next season?) “I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s a problem at all. Abdul Gaddy was injured in January when he tore his ACL and he was back practicing in October. So this is a couple of months before then, so I don’t any reason why Jernard won’t come back and be ready not only for the beginning of the season but for the beginning of practice.”

(How has he responded?) “He’s trying to be brave with it. He’s trying to show a good attitude. You know it hurts inside, but he’s hanging in there.”

(Any plans to put him in contact with other players who have had a similar injury?) “You just look through out athletic teams. You look at Katie Collier that this has happened to. You look at Abdul Gaddy who he has already spoken with. Deontae Cooper – it’s happened to him three times. So there’s a number of people that Jernard will be in touch with I’m sure to talk about the process. What you go through mentality. The rehabilitation process with it, all of that.”

(What’s the timetable for him?) “They usually say 8-10 months is when you come back and you’re 1oo percent in terms of your strength. They say it takes a little while longer to recover mentally where you have the total confidence and your sharpness is back and all of that. It always depends on the individual and how hard are they going to work to get back. And I don’t see any reason why Jernard is not going to work hard to get back. We’re really, really not concerned about his ability to come back. Not only at full strength, but in a timely fashion. We have a lot of confidence in our medical people here at the University of Washington. Our doctors and trainers do a phenomenal job. They’ll just point him in the right direction and lead him. I think he’ll respond the right way.”

(Is surgery scheduled?) “We’re working through that right now. It’ll be here pretty shortly.”

(What’s the contingency plan now that Jarreau is out?) “It’s good that Desmond Simmons is not out for the year. Desmond will be back this year. In the meantime, we have Perris (Blackwell). We have Shawn Kemp Jr. We have Gilles Dierickx. I think Mike Anderson showed that if we go small, he’s tough enough, smart enough and savvy enough to where he can fill in if we go small. We’ll find a way.

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