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October 31, 2006

Romar welcoming "big challenge''

Posted by Bob Condotta at 2:22 PM

Washington's officiall basketball media day has just concluded and there was no real "news'' to speak of, just a lot of interesting notes that we will try to disperse here and in other places over the next few days.

UW coach Lorenzo Romar opened it by speaking of "the big challenge'' that this season represents with so many new players taking over for all of the seniors who were part of last year's team.

"There are a lot of uncharted waters here for this team, but it's a great group of kids trying to do everything that we ask them to do,'' he said.

The team plays its first exhibition game Friday night against St. Martin's at 7 p.m. at Hec Ed. Romar said he has yet to decide on a starting lineup and likely won't until shortly before game time.

Spencer Hawes may be able to play as he is just "a few days away,'' in Romar's words, from returning to full duty. He began shooting on Monday and was scheduled to do even more today. "His progress has been real good,'' Romar said.

Joel Smith said he is two weeks away from being 100 percent and may be able to play in the regular season opener against Pepperdine on Nov. 12.

Romar said that all of the four freshmen who have been healthy have earned spots in the team's regular rotation, though Romar stressed the words "at this point.''

Romar said Harvey Perry "hasn't missed a practice or a drill so his back issues are behind him.'' As for his play, Romar said that the time Perry missed last year makes it evident that "there's some rust that needs to come off.''

And he again praised Phil Nelson, saying he can play the two, three or four, though as he said "in our system there are just bigs and smalls and he has been playing both. He's very versatile.''

(I apologize that apparently this didn't get posted sooner in the day.)