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June 4, 2008 12:31 PM

Former UW signee looking at Kentucky, Memphis

Posted by Bob Condotta

Remember Roburt Sallie? He signed with Washington in 2005 as part of the recruiting class that also included Martell Webster and Jon Brockman before failing to get qualified academically.

He later appeared headed to Nebraska before that also failed to happen in a rather strange turn of academic-related events.

Now back on the open market, he's being referred to as maybe the top player who is immediately available, and is reported to be looking at Kentucky and Memphis.

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Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

1:28 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Romar now must be sitting around and thinking " what could have been"... Webster and Sallie never suited it up for the Huskies, and Brockman has pretty much been a 1 man team leading the Huskies to a 1st round bid and loss in the CBI tourney. Pretty impressive. What about a contigency plan? Obviously Romar didn't have a contigency plan, and the Husky program has suffered because of it. What does that say about how he develops talent? Or how he adapts or improvising when adversity comes his way?

Posted by NotBondwagon

3:37 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Romar did what we all would have done if we were in the same situation -- head coach at a big school for the first time, having great success and able to attract basketball talent that he had only dreamed of at St Louis....but what I really respect about Romar is that he has learned his lesson and gone back to the principles that led to his success in the first place -- athletic, hard working players that can score and have a good head on their shoulders. Check out that video on youtube -- this Wilcox kid has one pure shot. This team could be stacked a 1-3 when Josh Smith looks to make his decision in the coming years...

Posted by jed

7:51 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Meatball,

Webster was selected sixth and Sallie didn't qualify. Not much Romar could do about that. Infact Sallie still had academic issues trying to get into Nebraska even with a year of east coast prep school and courses at a San Francisco JC as I recall in between. The JC credits I think are what caused the problem at getting into Nebraska. After the prep school year he still wanted to go to UW but there were no further scholarships available and Nebraska became the fall back.

Romar develops talent. A good example is Tre Simmons who came here as a shooter with only two years of elgibility and came away as a very complete player will all facets of his game improved.

UA has underachieved more than any other school in the league in the last several years if you look at the amount of talent they have had. I'd say your HOF coach as you're so quick to always remind us would go to the head of the class when it comes to lack of any emphasis on defense and consistently poor team chemistry. Seems like the last several years he has had his hands full quelling strive on the team

Posted by tom ross

8:33 PM, Jun 04, 2008

In reality, we got only three of the six. As I recall, Perry didn't last long and the other two (Webster and Sallie) never made it onto campus. Wallace has been pretty much a disappointment, although he could still prove out if only for one year. That leaves two out of six that made a difference. Not a very good average but at least they (the three) have stayed here and kept their commitment. One has to be grateful for that in the days of "I am only in it for me" players. I hope the ratio goes up to something better in the next few years. If Coach Romar can keep them around and can find one GOOD big guy, the UW should be much improved. I do not think Wolfinger or MBA are legit centers at this point. Everyone knows a great team has great guards, but if there's nobody keeping the other guys out of the paint or making them pay when they're there, we will be looking at middle of the pack status for a while.

Posted by jed fan

10:12 PM, Jun 04, 2008

wow MEAT mr delusional lawyer making up your fibbs and fairy tales. i must say jed burnnnns you yet again. jed is RIGHT. who has been the most UNDERACHIEVING TEAM of the last 5 yrs. ARIZONA!!!!!! that says enough in itself. shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. i can just bring that up anytime now that you make your bogus claims

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