UW Mens hoops prospectus

After an incredible run through the Pac-10, climbing all the way from last to second in the conference, Coach Lorenzo Romar will begin building on his success he had in his second year at his alma mater.

Returning Players: 12 (12 lettermen / 5 starters)

G Nate Robinson 5–9 175 Jr. Seattle, Wash. 13.2 ppg 3.9 rpg 2.7 apg
G Brandon Roy 6–6 200 Jo. Seattle, Wash. 12.9, 5.3, 3.3
G Will Conroy 6–2 190 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 12.3, 2.6, 4.6
F Bobby Jones 6–6 200 Jo. Compton, Calif. 11.2, 4.9, 0.8
G Tre Simmons 6–5 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 10.8, 3.4, 1.5
F Mike Jensen 6–8 240 Jo. Kent, Wash. 7.6, 4.5, 0.9
C Hakeem Rollins 6–7 220 Sr. Mesa, Ariz. 5.5, 4.1, 0.5
C Anthony Washington 6–9 245 Jo. Seattle, Wash. 3.3, 2.1, 0.1
G Brandon Burmeister 6–4 190 So. Mercer Island, Wash. 1.6, 0.4, 0.1
F Hans Gasser 6–9 225 So. Issaquah, Wash. 0.9, 0.7, 0.6
G Zane Potter 6–6 185 Jr. Boring, Ore. 0.8, 0.0, 0.0
G Alex Johnson 6–3 185 Sr. Bellevue, Wash. 0.3, 0.0, 0.0

Lorenzo Romar begins his third year as head coach at Washington after directing a spectacular turnaround in his second season. UW posted a 19-12 record in 2004 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999. Romar guided the Huskies to their first second-place regular-season finish since 1986 and their first Pac-10 Tournament championship game appearance since 1987. After opening the conference campaign with an 0-5 record, UW reeled off 12 wins in its final 13 Pac-10 outings. Included in the run was a 75-62 victory over No. 1 and previously undefeated Stanford in the final regular-season game. His Huskies swept the season series from highly ranked Arizona for the first time since 1984.

In 2003, Romar guided the Huskies to a 10-17 record with a 5-13 Pac-10 mark. He was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 103-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 122-117 record in eight seasons as a head coach, including a 29-29 mark in two years at UW. Washington is Romar's third stint as a head college coach following three-year stops at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02).

Fun Facts About 2005 UW Men's Basketball

- Washington returns all five starters from last season's Pac-10 runner-up and NCAA Tournament team. The Huskies return their top seven scorers, including five players who averaged double figures for the nation's sixth-highest scoring team (82.0 ppg).
- Five Washington players finished the season averaging double-figure points for the first time since 1975. • Junior Nate Robinson returns after flirting with the NBA. Robinson withdrew his name from the NBA Draft list despite an impressive showing at the Chicago pre-draft camp. His 43-inch vertical was the best among camp attendees. Robinson's 22-point performance in the first game was the highest single-game scoring output by any of the 59 camp participants.
- The Huskies return a majority of their statistical production from last season. Returning players accounted for 94 percent of last season's total points, 95 percent of rebounds, 91 percent of assists, 93 percent of steals and all of the blocked shots.
- Last year marked Washington's biggest turnaround in an NCAA Tournament season. The Huskies had a 5-8 record before winning 14 of their final 18 games. Only twice before did a UW team that earned an NCAA berth have a losing record at any point in the season. The 1984 and 1986 UW teams started the season with 1-2 records before maintaining winning ledgers the rest of the way. UW opened Pac-10 play 0-5 before winning 12 of its final 13 conference games, vaulting from last place to second.
- Four current Washington players hail from Garfield High School in Seattle. The quartet of Bulldogs combined to score 1,204 of UW's 2,443 points, an average of 38.8 points per game. They accounted for 47 percent of the Huskies' total offensive output. A Garfield grad led or tied the team in scoring during 19 games last season.
- Senior guard Will Conroy has distributed 296 career assists. He enters the season ranked No. 5 among all-time Husky playmakers and needs 170 more to tie Chester Dorsey's (1974-77) school record of 466. Conroy is the sixth Husky to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons. He registered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003.
- The 2004-05 Husky roster features 10 players from the state of Washington, including nine from the greater Seattle area (including Bellevue, Kent, Issaquah, and Mercer Island).
- The hard-luck Huskies lost their last three NCAA Tournament games by a combined total of only four points. UW lost 102-100 to UAB in 2004. The Huskies suffered a 59-58 first-round loss to Miami, Ohio in the 1999 Tournament that was their most recent NCAA appearance. Washington's 1998 tournament run was ended in the Sweet 16 by a 75-74 loss to Connecticut on a last-second putback by Richard Hamilton.
- Junior Hakeem Rollins was offered a full academic scholarship to Arizona, but opted to continue playing basketball at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College. Rollins is a biochemistry major at Washington.
- The Huskies have 776 home wins at their current arena. UW has won more games at Edmundson Pavilion than any other NCAA team in a single arena. The Huskies registered an 11-3 home record in 2004.
- Sophomore Nate Robinson's father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and still ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) bowls.
- UW teammates Anthony Washington and Tre Simmons are cousins. Simmons is also the cousin of Donny Marshall who starred at Connecticut before embarking on an NBA career.


Ryan Appleby So. 6-3 170 Stanwood, Wa. (Florida stats) 1.0 ppg 0.5 rpg 1.2 apg
Will red-shirt in 2005 after transferring from Florida.
Brandon Burmeister So. 6-4 190 Mercer Island, Wa. 1.6 ppg 0.4 rpg 0.1 apg
Walk-on. Played 7 games.
Will Conroy Sr. 6-2 190 Seattle, Wa. 12.3 ppg 2.6 rpg 4.6 apg
Led team with 142 assists, ranking fifth in Pac-10 (4.6 apg).
Alex Johnson Sr. 6-3 185 Bellevue, Wa. 0.3 ppg 0.0 rpg 0.0 apg
Walk-on. Played 4 games.
Nate Robinson Jr. 5-9 175 Seattle, Wa. 13.2 ppg 3.9 rpg 2.7 apg
First-team All-Pac. Led UW in scoring last 2 years.
Brandon Roy Jr. 6-6 200 Seattle, Wa. 12.9 ppg 5.3 rpg 3.3 apg
All-District. Led UW rebounders, was 2nd in points/assists.
Tre Simmons Sr. 6-5 195 Seattle, Wa. 10.8 ppg 3.4 rpg 1.5 apg
Started 12 games. Led UW with 48 treys, hitting 40%.

Matt Fletcher Jr. 6-7 200 Maize, Ks. Maize HS / Butler County (Ks.) CC / Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
Walk-on. Honorable mention All-Kansas prep pick in 2001.
Hans Gasser So. 6-9 225 Issaquah, Wa. 0.9 ppg 0.7 rpg 0.6 apg
Played 11 games.
Mike Jensen Jr. 6-8 230 Kent, Wa. 7.6 ppg 4.5 rpg 0.9 apg
Started all 31 games. Led team in 3-point percent (41.4)
Bobby Jones Jr. 6-6 200 Compton, Calif. 11.2 ppg 4.9 rpg 0.8 apg
Career-high 22 points at N.C. St. Had 2 double-doubles.
Zane Potter Jr. 6-6 185 Boring, Ore. 0.8 ppg 0.0 rpg 0.0 apg
Walk-on. Played 4 games. Scored 2 points at ASU.
Joel Smith Fr. 6-5 190 Lompoc, Calif. Lompoc HS / Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N.H
Nation's No. 18 rated small forward by InsidersHoops.com.
Jamaal Williams Jr. 6-5 225 Corona, Calif.
(UNM stats) 11.3 ppg 5.1 rpg 1.2 apg
Transfer from New Mexico who red-shirted last season.

"We now have a veteran team. Not a veteran team that we inherited, but a veteran team that we've kind of grown with," said Lorenzo Romar. "We've never been in this position with all five starters returning. This will be something new for us. We definitely welcome it."

"I hear coaches ranked No. 1 say that what counts is where you are ranked at the end of the season. I agree with that part, but a lot of times coaches that say that are ranked every year," Romar explained. "We have not been ranked since we've been here, so that would be a compliment to our program at this point. It shows that things are moving in the right direction. That puts a stamp on it. If we go into the season and people think we are going to be successful then that bodes well for the perception of our program. I think it's great," said Romar.

"We have a group of guys that understand how important a team situation is," Romar said. "I don't think we'll have an issue of guys from day one thinking they just have to show up now. That won't be the case. We were down for so long that guys don't ever want to go back."

Zach Johnson Fr. 6-9 250 Sacramento, Calif. Natomas HS
Will red-shirt while rehabiliting both knees after surgery.
Hakeem Rollins Sr. 6-7 220 Mesa, Ariz. 5.5 ppg 4.1 rpg 0.5 apg
Led team with 38 blocks, 6 of them at Cal on Jan. 2.
Anthony Washington Jr. 6-9 245 Seattle, Wa. 3.3 ppg 2.1 rpg 0.2 apg
Led UW with career-high 14 points vs. Portland State.

More comments from Romar about his team.

"Nate Robinson is arguably the most exciting player in college basketball. Anytime you get an all-Pac-10 performer coming back, it's obviously is a plus. I've never seen anyone his height on any level impact a game on both ends like he does."

"Brandon Roy is kind of a do-it-all player. He has a high basketball IQ. It's rare, especially in today's game, to have a player as good as Brandon Roy play so unselfishly. When one of your best players is your most unselfish, that carries over. By the end of last year, the team was very unselfish in its play."

"Will Conroy is a warrior. He's taken and made many big shots over his career. He has gotten better at distributing the ball over the last couple years. It's always been his goal to lead the Pac-10 in assists. Maybe this is the year that he can accomplish that."

"Tre Simmons can score in bunches as well as anyone on our team. He's going to play a significant role on our team this year. You think of the Stanford game here where he helped blow it open. I can name you a half dozen games where his shooting alone either brought us back or broke the game open."

"I think Bobby Jones is one of the best defensive players in the country. He's very, very versatile. You can't leave Bobby Jones on the bench very long."

"Mike Jensen is coming into his own to where he will build on last year. He is a great shooter for his size. He is a player with a lot of potential who can really help this team."
br> "As you go back and look at season last year, there were several games that we don't win if we don't have Hakeem Rollins. There were several others that he kept us in the games and we didn't win. He could possibly emerge as a real force for us this year."

"Anthony Washington will be healthy this year. With him being healthy from day one this could be an opportunity for him to contribute in ways that we feel he can and that he would like to."

Junior forward Jamaal Williams red-shirted last season after transferring from New Mexico. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Lobos in 2003 under former UW assistant coach Ritchie McKay.

"Jamal is an Adrian Dantley, Mark Aguire type. They are forwards that are rugged and can really put points up on the board. He has a real knack for putting the ball in the basket. He plays probably three inches taller than his actual size, " said Romar.

"Joel Smith is another energy guy. He's a very charismatic and excitable guy. He's a good athlete who fits right in with everything that we're doing."

Two other newcomers will red-shirt this season. Point guard Ryan Appleby transferred to UW after one season at Florida. Freshman Zach Johnson underwent surgery on both knees during the spring and hopes to be able to practice with the Huskies at some point this season.

Romar likes the additions. "We've got multiple scorers. If you've got six or seven guys that can put the ball in the basket it makes you difficult to guard."

"Not only will we have better depth, but now we will have more experience. Hakeem Rollins and Tre Simmons were junior college transfers who were kind of feeling their way last year. This year that won't be the case. We are not a young team. We are now a veteran team. That, along with the depth, should help us."

Attitude will play a huge role this season, and it should be great considering the fire the team faced over the last two months of basketball. "There came a point last year where we couldn't afford to lose a game. We played two months of basketball where if we lost one game we weren't in the NCAA Tournament. aThat same type of attitude going into this year will help us deal with the fact that other teams won't overlook us," said Romar.

Washington will hope to improve on their defense, where they surrendered a league-high 79.0 points per game.

"By the end of the year we were good defensively, but it took us a while to get there. If we didn't defend at a high level at the end of the year I don't think we would have won. We were scoring a lot of points so other teams were getting their points too, but at the end of the year we were defending. It's definitely something that we've got to do a better job at next year along with rebounding the basketball," said Romar.
2004-05 At a Glance

Scoring shouldn't be a problem for the Huskies who return their top seven point producers from last year. UW was the nation's sixth highest scoring squad, averaging 82.0 points per game. The addition of Jamaal Williams who averaged 11.3 points in 2003 at New Mexico should inject some inside potency to the attack.
Experience, after two straight seasons when only one senior appeared on the roster. The five primary starters return along with two other players with starting experience.
Playmaking should be a strong point for Washington which ranked second among Pac-10 teams with 16.2 assists per game. Two players topped the 100-assist plateau last season, Will Conroy (142) and Brandon Roy (102).

The defense improved throughout the season, but the Huskies allowed opponents to shoot a conference-high 46.5 percent from the field.
Rebounding improved last season, but the Huskies still were slightly outboarded by the opposition.
The facts and information for this article came from the UW Hoops prospectus from the UW MEDIA RELATIONS department.

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