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May 30, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Lorenzo Romar knocks Pac-12 proposal on freshman ineligibility

During a radio conversation Thursday morning with KJR’s Elise Woodward and the Times’ Bob Condotta, coach Lorenzo Romar said he’s unsure if he supports the Pac-12’s recent proposal that would make freshman ineligible in men’s basketball only.

“I don’t know if I would support it or not at this point,” he said. “I think there are some positives to it. Kids would definitely come in and you know they are with you for that year – you think.”

Last week presidents of Pac-12 schools sent a letter to the four other major conferences that outlined 10 proposals, including one intended to urge the NBA to raise its age limit. Currently the NBA requires a player to be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school in order to be eligible for the draft.

NBA executives and college coaches are aligned in their dislike of the current age limit, but the rule hasn’t changed since **. Apparently, the Pac-12 presidents believe they have a solution to the one-and-done problem that hurts college basketball. Their proposal states:

7. Address the “one and done” phenomenon in men’s basketball. If the National Basketball Association and its Players Association are unable to agree on raising the age limit for players, consider restoring the freshman ineligibility rule in men’s basketball.

It’s a bold and retro idea. But it won’t work. Just ask Romar.

He said: “That rule if it was in place this past year, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle, those guys would sit out and practice everyday. The NBA guys come and watch practice and then they draft them anyway after their freshman year without playing a game. That’s what I think would happen.

“Back when you could come out of high school they were drafting kids before they practiced in college. They drafted them straight out of high school so that’s not going to prevent them from still coming out after a year.”

The Pac-12 presidents gave the conferences a June 4 deadline to reply.


Bud Withers offers a few words about former Washington star Bob Houbregs, who died Wednesday. He caught up with Frank Guisness, a UW teammate, who said: “The best thing I can say is, the only thing better than his basketball was him as a person. Everybody liked Bob Houbregs. … He had the best hook shot I ever saw, and I saw a bunch of them in my career — using no backboard, and way out.”

— New Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle has retained half of the Beavers’ incoming freshmen class while two signees – big men Isaiah Manderson and Cameron Oliver – are still unsure if they’re going to play at OSU.

— Arizona State star Jahii Carson is having a hard time getting NBA scouts to ignore the fact that he’s short.

— And finally, here’s a poll from the newspaper asking who is the greatest Washington men’s basketball icon?

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