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October 26, 2005

Point guard Roy?

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:40 AM

We've focused a lot so far in this space on the new guys since that seems to be where the most curiosity lies early in any season.

But the man who will make this team go this season is senior Brandon Roy, who decided to return for his final season after seriously considering entering the NBA Draft last spring.

And implicit in his decision to return was the acknowledgement of everyone that Roy will become the leader of this team.

Roy was more than happy to play a supporting role as a sophomore, then was forced into one last year as a junior due to his knee injury.

But now, as UW coach Lorenzo Romar says "Brandon will just have his hand in everything."

That includes taking on a bigger role as the team's main ball handler, which means playing more point guard, something that just makes sense since the team's two "official" point guards - Justin Dentmon and Ryan Appleby - are each new to the team.

"He'll play more point guard this year than last year," Romar said recently.

"He's a great decision-maker and he has the highest basketball IQ on our team."

But before anyone starts thinking that Roy is "being moved" to point guard, you have to remember how the Huskies play. Romar likes versatile players, likes using guys at multiple spots.

Roy will get more time bringing the ball up the floor, but that's not all he'll do.

For instance, one can envision a lineup that would feature Roy alongside Dentmon or Appleby. Roy could bring the ball up the court, then hand it to Dentmon or Appleby, who would run the halfcourt offense with Roy moving inside.

Romar likes Roy's role to that of former Sonic John Johnson, who was a small forward on the Sonics' 1979 NBA title team. Officially, Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson manned the guard spots. But Johnson was the team's leader in assists.

Roy played a similar role for the Huskies last year. Remember, he was the team's third-leading assist-maker a year ago behind Nate Robinson and Will Conroy.

There could be lots of times when Roy is on the floor as the lone point guard, however, as Romar said Roy is more than able to defend any point guard the Huskies will run up against.