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October 14, 2008 10:24 AM

Huskies feeling fit

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Huskies will begin practice Friday at St. Martin's College in Lacey, spending the weekend there as part of camp-like setting to kick off the season.

One thing the Huskies may not have to spend as much time on there as in the past is conditioning.

UW coach Lorenzo Romar said last week that he is especially pleased with his team's overall shape entering the season, attributing some of it to the influence of a new member of the school's sports performance staff, Matt Ludwig, who is overseeing the men's basketball team.

"Matt Ludwig has done a phenomenal job with our guys this spring and summer,'' Romar said. "If you look at them, you can see there are some different-looking bodies out there and our guys are in better condition.''

Romar said Ludwig "brings an unbelievable passion and enthusiasm to the weight room and really holds our guys accountable. Now there is a certain way that you conduct yourself in the weight room and when conditioning that is at a pretty high level and our guys have totally bought into what he is doing.''

Romar mentioned Jon Brockman as one player who has benefited from the influence of Ludwig --- not that Brockman has ever not been in shape at UW, just that he is in a different shape now that Romar thinks may prove beneficial on the floor.

"When you look at him you would not guess that he weighs 250 pounds,'' Romar said. "You would think he's probably 225-30 because he looks so sleek. But he is every bit of 250 pounds.''

Justin Dentmon is another player mentioned as being in particularly good shape entering this camp, something also alluded to in this post last week.

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