Shaw a top target

So what do Norman, Oklahoma and Port Townsend, Washington have in common? Just one thing. Both have been home for Jim Shaw at one time or another in his life. Is Seattle going to be a name that can be added to that list? spoke Friday with Shaw, who has been an assistant under Sooner basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson for five years. "I've got a great job here in Norman, I have no qualms at all about where I'm at or what I'm doing," Shaw said. "But the Washington job does hold some intrigue because it's home base.

"All of my family is still in the area and my wife's family is in the Seaside, Oregon area, and I always wanted to eventually end up on that side of the map."

Shaw's name has come up in discussions as a replacement for departing coach Russ Schoene, who has decided to devote more time to running a chain of Teriyaki restaurants he helped to create.

The other aspect of this job opening that appeals to Shaw is the fact that Lorenzo Romar is now the head coach at Washington. "If it had been Washington, but it was a total stranger running the show, I wouldn't have been as interested," Jim said. "And if Lorenzo had called, but he was at Georgetown - for instance - I wouldn't have been as interested.

"I've had overtures for assistant coaching positions at other places - like Pittsburgh and Illinois - and some other places, but outside of a head coaching position somewhere, Washington is the only assistant coaching position I would consider because it's home base. And I also have the utmost respect for Lorenzo. He's an outstanding person, one of the most genuine people I've ever met."

Shaw, who has been contacted by Washington, will finish recruiting for Oklahoma during the current recruiting period - which goes until the end of April - and then he'll sit down and discuss the Huskies' opening. He worked under Romar for half a year in 1999 at Saint Louis before leaving for Oklahoma.

"I know one thing Lorenzo is looking for is that he wants an experienced recruiter on staff," Shaw said. "I do have some major recruiting experience."

Andrew Lavender and Kevin Bookout were two current players Shaw helped recruit. He also had played a significant part in signing current JUCO All Americans Terrell Everett and Taj Gray, as well as top-50 prep prospect Longar Longar. Top Stories