2003 Spotlight: Diego Romero

Lon Morris College coach <b>Dale Dotson</b> talks about <b>Tech</b> prospect <b>Diego Romero</b> in an exclusive <b>RaiderInsider.com</b> interview. <p> <br>

***********PF DIEGO ROMERO (6-10, 240) ************

As a freshman, this highly-skilled Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina native averaged 16 points, six rebounds and two assists for Lon Morris College, which finished 29-6 and lost to national championship runner-up Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in the National Junior College Tournament quarterfinals last season.

Romero's coach is Dale Dotson, a 36-year coaching veteran, who's placed over 30 players in NCAA Division I schools.

Romero is being recruited by: Auburn, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UNLV.

Thayer's Take: "Romero is a super talent. He scores well, attacks the glass and gets others involved offensively with his passing. He's also got a nice release on his shot and uses his body well in traffic. He's not an incredibly 'gifted' athlete, but his work ethic and hoop smarts make up for what he lacks in 'pure' athleticism."

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TE: Tell me about Diego Romero.

DD: "He's a great kid, who understands the game very well. He plays out on the floor, shoots the ball well and plays solid defense."

TE: What are his strengths?

DD: "He's a good player. He gets people buckets. He's also a great passer with good hands. He hits big buckets, forces defenses to make changes and then counters what they do."

TE: Where does he need improvement?

DD: "He probably needs a little more strength. There's not a player in the world, who can't improve. Does he have weaknesses? Hell yes he does, because all of them (players) do. They all need to get better defensively, offensively, and have a better understanding of the game. The best thing Diego does is understand the game, which is tough to find these days, because everyone wants to hoot and holler, shoot and follower."

TE: What sets Diego apart from other big men?

DD: "He's a great passer. He can score, but he also looks for his teammates. He's really good at making plays without turning the ball over."

TE: Is Diego coachable?

DD: "He's very coachable, or he wouldn't be here, because he'd be somewhere else. I don't have players who aren't coachable. I'm kind of like the coach you'll (Tech) got now. I've been doing this (coaching) 36 years, so I'm kind of set in my ways."

TE: Does Diego speak English?

DD: "Yeah, he speaks English. He's not fluent, but he understands the game a lot more than he understands English, which is why he's so easy to coach."

TE: Has Diego's transition from Argentia to the United States been easy?

DD: "I think so. He's adjusted very well. He's a good guy on-and-off-the-court."

TE: What schools are recruiting Diego?

DD: "All of them. You name'em and their interested. Kentucky's interested, so's Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Illinois, Iowa. You could go on and on and on. Big Ten, PAC-10, Big 12, SEC, ACC, they're all showing interest."

TE: Coach, thanks for your time today and good luck next season.

DD: "No problem, keep in touch."

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