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July 23, 2007

Answering your questions

Posted by Bob Condotta at 10:37 AM

Here's our latest attempt at answering some of the questions and responding to some of the comments posed on here the last few days:

QUESTION: Will you be covering the team's trip to Greece? Is there any TV planned?

ANSWER: No. As some of you have pointed out, that is also the weekend of the UW football team's season opener at Syracuse and I will be there, instead. But I would be surprised if traditional media covers that trip. It's a pretty expensive endeavor for what are exhibition games, and I've never heard of those trips being covered. No one covered WSU's recent trip to Australia and New Zealand, nor did anyone cover Oregon's trip to the Bahamas last year.

But we will cover it as best as we can. UW will practice in town for 10 days prior to leaving, and we will cover as much of that as we can --- that will be a great opportunity to gauge the progress of the likes of Joe Wolfinger, Artem Wallace and Justin Dentmon, who I think are of particular interest this year.

In fact, having that practice, as well as the trip to Greece, should give everyone --- coaches, fans, media --- a much more realistic view of where this team is headed into the season than we had a year ago. Most years, we've had to rely on anecdotal reports or watching off-season workouts, which don't always allow for the best real gauge of anything. This year, we'll have 10 practices, plus the trip itself, to tell us a few things about the team heading into fall camp.

As for TV, I haven't heard of any plans, and again, I'd be really surprised.

QUESTION: Any guess at a starting lineup for next season?

ANSWER: As stated above, one of the great things about the Greece trip is that we'll all get a good sense of where this team is heading into the season, including such things as a possible starting lineup (though it's almost certain coaches will use the trip to experiment a lot, as well).

The incoming freshman cannot make the trip to Greece, but I think only one has a real shot at starting ---- center Matthew Bryan-Amaning. In fact, with Wolfinger still a big question (the Greece trip will tell a lot about where he is) you could make a real good case MBA will start in the middle this year.

That said, as of today, this is what I'd go with:

PG --- Justin Dentmon.
SG --- Ryan Appleby
SF --- Quincy Pondexter
PF --- Jon Brockman
C --- MBA or Artem Wallace.

I think Brockman, Pondexter and Dentmon are just about locks to start, especially the first two. I know there's a lot of concern about Dentmon based on last season, but he appears to be back in optimum shape, and that --- combined with being a year older, and maybe a little more humble --- should make a big difference. I've sense no loss of confidence in Dentmon from UW coach Lorenzo Romar.

The SG spot will be a great battle between Appleby, Joel Smith, Tim Morris, Adrian Oliver and maybe even Venoy Overton, should he get eligible. And based on matchups, it's possible maybe two of those players could start (or one of them could beat out Dentmon, though I think that's unlikely for the reasons stated above).

But no matter who starts, all of those players will see a lot of action as I think UW wants to get back to being more aggressive defensively, especially on the perimeter, due to having more depth back there.

As for the C spot, Wolfinger could also work his way into the mix there. But until he proves he's recovered, I think it's premature to speculate about him starting. Even if recovered, he still hasn't played a collegiate game (obviously, MBA hasn't either, one reason the nod could ultimately go to Wallace).