Had a chance to chat with Lorenzo Romar tonight after Washington flew to Eugene, Ore. and bused to Corvallis for Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at Oregon State.
Here’s a transcript of the phone interview.
(How is C.J. Wilcox?) “He’s doing good. He practiced yesterday. Limited, but practiced. And today he’s feeling fine so I would imagine by tomorrow he will be as good as new.”
(You think the tailbone injury he sustained Wednesday may linger a bit?) “I don’t think so. Not based on the way he’s responded so far. The way he’s talking, it’s as if he’s fine so I don’t think so.”
(After the tape, did you like the new lineup you had at Oregon with Shawn Kemp Jr. or will you go back to the old lineup with Perris Blackwell?) “We’ll start the same way as we did the last game with Shawn in there.”
(Taking a look at Kemp’s fouls, did you like them or are things that he can do better?) “He had four fouls. One was a moving screen and a legitimate call. He had one over the back. One was his hand was slightly on a guy’s waist and the other one (his hands) were straight up and they decided to call it. It was a very light foul, but they decided to call it. We’ve talked to Shawn about just keeping his hands straight up. Some other officials may not have called them all, but they decided to call those so you got to roll with it.”
(The last time you faced Oregon State, Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier were two very big problems. What do you do to defend them better?) “Well Collier has always played well against us. There’s just things that we have to try to take away from him. He’s relentless. He’s on that block. He’s strong and he draws fouls really well. So we just have to do a better job of standing our ground against him. And then we have to make sure we contest all of Roberto Nelson’s shot and not allow him to get loose in transition and get offensive rebounds. He’s a scorer. He’s not one where he’s limited. He gets offensive rebound baskets. He scores off steals. He scores on garbage points. He’s shooting 46 percent from the three-point line. He shoots a ton of free throws. He gets to the line. So he scores in a lot of different ways.”
(After reviewing the UW-OSU game, I would imagine it was fun to watch Nigel Williams-Goss’ 32-point performance again?) “It was. But equally as fun were five guys that was in there during that run. To watch how they were so in sync. Obviously Nigel led that charge with that group. But to see just how well those guys played together at that time was fun to watch.”
(That was the group that erased the 12-point, second-half deficit.) “Yup. They went back up by 10.”
(Back to Nigel, was there anything about that game that was different for him, which may have led to his big scoring night?) “He was aggressive early. He missed a few shots early. In the first half he made a runner or two, but then in the second half he was aggressive again as we got down. He hit a couple shots. I think the first one that got him going was Mike Anderson rebounds the ball and threw the length-of-the-court pass and Nigel gets an and-1 and that kind of got him going. It’s interesting Mike Anderson kind of spearheaded that rally with two big rebounds and two big defensive plays. That guy Nigel going. Nigel hit an open three. The momentum of it got going and everything was in rhythm for him.”
(Do you talk about the road losing streak with the team?) “Not a whole lot. Just we got to get one. This is our last opportunity.”
(Brandon Roy is entering the Pac-12 Hall of Honor. What do you think about that?) “Much deserving. Brandon had a fantastic, fantastic senior year and really left his mark on this program. He’s one of the all-time greats in the Pac-12. No doubt about it. It’s going to be fun watching him receive this award.”