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January 30, 2007

Lineup same, Smith still sidelined

Posted by Bob Condotta at 7:30 PM

Here are some other notes from Lorenzo Romar's press conference today.

Romar said the starting lineup is expected to remain the same, which means Artem Wallace at center and Spencer Hawes coming off the bench.

Hawes said it bothers him "a little bit'' not to be starting. "But I've just got to keep working to get back in the starting lineup. It's worked the last two games, so we'll see.''

Hawes said he really hasn't been told why he's not starting and admits he's been tempted to ask, though he hasn't. "But it's not really that big of a deal,'' he said. "It's not who starts but who finishes.''

Also, junior guard Joel Smith, out all season with a foot stress fracture, had originally been expected back this week but had his return delayed after a meeting with the doctors last week. He will be re-evaluated next week.

Romar had previously been adamant that Smith would play this season, and Smith has also said he'd like to play. But with games running out, Romar said Tuesday a redshirt season is possible. "There comes a point where there's just not enough games to waste a season,'' he said, though he wouldn't say what that point is. "We will have to sit down and talk about it.''

Some of you have already brought up how Smith redshirting could impact the future scholarship situation.

A Smith redshirt would have no real impact on the 2007-08 season since he would be a part of that team anyway.

Smith redshirting would impact the 2008-09 roster, however.

If Smith redshirted everybody else came back, and everybody who is signed or committed as of this very minute showed up, by my count UW would have 14 scholarship players that season. But that's unlikely to happen --- Hawes almost certainly won't be around that long, for instance.

Still, it is something the coaches will have to think about. Conversley, that's a long time into the future and it's hard to predict everything that could happen between now and then. For now, let's wait and see what happens with Smith this season.