Husky Men's Basketball Blog
Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies.
February 16, 2009 7:00 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
Once again, I was unable to catch every minute of tonight's Lorenzo Romar radio show (and not all in a situation where I could take notes).
But I caught most of the end of it and there were a few interesting comments I'll pass along:
--- Romar again made a case for Justin Dentmon to be Pac-10 Player of the Year, saying "if we are fortunate enough to be very successful and do well, you've got to put him into the equation.''
--- Asked about Dentmon's dunk against Oregon, he said it was the first time he'd ever seen him do that in a game, though he relayed a story that Dentmon apparently had a dunk on Spencer Hawes in a pickup game this summer (something Romar didn't see but was told about, just to make clear, since coaches can't be at those).
--- There was a little bit of talk about officiating in light of the USC-ASU game Sunday night. Romar said there were certain things he couldn't discuss, but asked about makeup calls he said "I believe they happen. Let's hope they don't happen often.'' He said his major request from officials is "consistency. ... consistency is what's really important. That's what I harp on a lot. Just be consistent. If there's a terrible call on our end, then there's got to be a terrible call on the other end, and vice versa,''
--- He said how he talks with officials depends on the person. "You've got to know the official you are dealing with because some react differently,'' he said. He also told a story about talking with Verne Harris during Thursday's game and during the conversation, Harris calling a foul 30 feet away. Romar said it was as if Harris was making the point that Romar could talk to him all he wanted, but he might just call fouls on all UW's players if Romar kept talking.
--- Asked about the progress of Scott Suggs, Romar said he thinks it's similar to guards who declare early for the NBA Draft but isn't ready yet, meaning that the player is obviously physically gifted but just needs some time. "I would say right now, time is the only thing that is keeping him from being a big-time basketball player, a big-time guard,'' Romar said, adding that "Scott is going to be a very, very good guard and he has improved so much from the first day until now. No doubt he is going to be a fantastic player for us.''
--- He was also asked about former Husky Adrian Oliver, who is now scoring about 20 points a game for San Jose State (though he's been sidelined lately with an ankle injury). Romar noted he watched a half of Oliver's game two weeks ago in the Bay Area when UW was off and that "I think if things shake out the right way he could have an opportunity to play at the next level.''
--- There was also talk of the challenge of Pauley Pavilion Thursday, where UW has won just once since 1987, and Romar noted that UW just passed a hurdle by winning at Stanford for the first time in a while "and maybe this (winning at Pauley) is something we can change this year as well.''
All for now.