Topic: Lorenzo Romar
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October 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM
January 13, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Following his post-game interview (above), Lorenzo Romar talked about Monday’s practice and the need to keep the Huskies focused. He didn’t allow himself much time to enjoy tonight’s 65-60 win at Stanford.
Romar said he was proud of Washington’s effort and particularly the way the players handled themselves in the final minutes of a close game when the outcome was in doubt.
He said explained the rationale behind using 6-7 Desmond Simmons to defend 6-10 Dwight Powell rather than 7-0 Aziz N’Diaye, who was forced to matchup against 6-7 Josh Huestis. Romar said he debated the who would guard Powell and settled on Simmons.
That decision may have won the Huskies the game. Powell still got his points, but he had to work hard for them. Meanwhile, Huestis was a non-factor offensively.
December 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar talks about the possible return of Scott Suggs and Shawn Kemp Jr. at today’s press conference.
Both will need to practice pain-free Thursday and Friday before being cleared to play Saturday against Nevada.
Here’s a few other items from Romar.
- He said Washington (4-3) has played the “toughest part of our non-conference schedule,” noting games against Ohio State, Seton Hall and Nevada. Romar said: “I wish the record was different, but it’s not.”
- Romar acknowledged the Huskies aren’t scoring as many points as his other teams, but believes that’s largely because UW has played slow-tempo teams.
- Romar said redshirt freshman Jernard Jarreau has “been thrown in there” in terms of the starting lineup. However, Romar didn’t say he plans on changing starters.
- Washington swapped from its high-post offense to a motion offense in each of the past two games and Romar thinks it’s a benefit to being versatile.
- Romar said Desmond Simmons plays best when he’s “getting lost (in the game) and not being concerned about made or missed (shots).” Romar indicated Simmons will continue to come off the bench even though he plays starter minutes. He said “it takes a special” to embrace that role and noted others who did that were Brandon Roy, Tre Simmons and C.J. Wilcox.
- Romar wasn’t anxious to revisit last season’s defeat to Nevada. The Huskies controlled most of the game, but were undone by late-game miscues.
- Romar acknowledged the slow starts recently and said he’s working on ways to fix it.
December 2, 2012 at 8:50 PM
Here’s the video (above) of coach Lorenzo Romar after Washington’s 74-72 win over Cal State Fullerton.
“I don’t think that Cal State Fullerton made us look bad in terms of the type of team we were. I told our guys they are so gifted with the ball in their hands individually. They have multiple playmakers and you saw that. D.J. Seeley hits big shots for them. We were, for whatever reason, very lethargic early on, and they capitalized on that and went up. But I’m really happy with how our guys came out in the second half. 18 rebounds, 14 points–that was a Jon Brockman-esque performance from Desmond Simmons. Jon Brockman is the only guy who’s ever been here since we’ve been here to get 18, and now Desmond Simmons is the next. He was just all over the place on the boards. Andrew Andrews did a great job filling in for Abdul down the stretch, who cramped up and had spasms, and couldn’t go back in the game. Andrew broke down on defense and made plays. It was just a gutsy effort by our guys down the stretch. This may have been the biggest win for us of our preseason, because we’re starting to get our team back. I don’t know if they will for sure but some guys will attempt to start practice this week – Scott (Suggs) and Shawn (Kemp Jr.) – see if they can go. We had to get over the hump of this game here. Somehow we survived, and we’re ready to move on. Sorry for such a long introduction.”
On playing Quinn Sterling:
“A little bit thin on bodies, a little bit of foul trouble. But Quinn turned that ball over tonight, I don’t think he’ll turn it over again ever. He’s just a smart player. He got on the floor without any hesitation. That’s just kind of how he plays. He plays really hard and we don’t have any problem with putting him in the basketball game. He’s a guy who’s been hurt–we haven’t had him. He’s not the guy necessarily who’s going to be the difference maker who scores 30 a game, but he is a guy you can put in the game who is smart and helps the team.”
On effects of starting in zone:
“It was a conversation coach (Brad) Jackson and I were having before the season started–do you ever like starting in zone? I don’t like starting in zone because it takes your aggressiveness away sometimes early. I don’t think that was the case [tonight]. I have another reason that I won’t say publically. The subconscious mind can mess with you sometimes. We didn’t start in a zone, we were in a man on a miss, zone on a make.”
On Simmon’s performance:
“Consummate glue guy, consummate intangible guy is what he is. He just does little things like deflections. We had a low number of deflections in the first half and Desmond had over half of them. When he’s active like that, he gets stuff done. This is his second double-double–he had 14 and 12 against Seton Hall.”
November 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Here’s video of the postgame interview with coach Lorenzo Romar after Washington’s 66-61 win over Saint Louis.
Opening comments:“It was good to see our guys out there competing tonight at a higher level than we had in our last game. I thought our guys did a lot of good things. St. Louis, the way they play is really tough to guard with those big guys that can shoot it so well and those guards that are quick coming off those ball screens, but all in all our guys did a good job.”
On changing up offense in 2nd half:
“In the offense, you compliment it with something. When you play certain teams they guard it a certain way, but they can’t guard the other motion part. Our guys knew that and we went to that in the second half and it loosened everything up.”
On confidence in high-post offense:
“We’re getting better at it. It just takes time, but we’re getting better at it. Before we majored in the motion minored in the high post and we weren’t as good in the high post. We didn’t have to be really good in the motion [tonight] because it was a different look. It’s like how some teams you play against you have to play more zone, but some teams you can’t play zone. We’re able to go back and forth based on how a team is defending us.”
On St. Louis’ defense:
“They were really bodying us up, grabbing a lot and holding, just really chugging everything. It just kind of slowed us up. When we spread them out we didn’t think that they could beat us off the dribble, and that proved to be true. Our guys got into the lane and made plays.”
On C.J. Wilcox’s offensive performance:
“He’s being really aggressive right now. When all our guys come back we don’t want him to change the way he’s playing. The only guy who’s ever done that who has played here was Trey Simmons–he scored 21 points in 13 minutes I think. But aside from that, it was about as efficient as you can get.”
November 27, 2012 at 5:47 AM
Join us at noon for an exclusive live chat with coach Lorenzo Romar.
In his 11th season as coach at UW, he has guided Washington to a 221-116 record, six NCAA tournament appearances and three trips to the Sweet 16.
Romar led the Huskies to a 24-11 record during the 2011-12 season and their second regular season outright conference crown since 1953.
Washington is 2-3 this season and coping with injuries that has shortened the rotation. The Huskies face Saint Louis (3-2) at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena.