Lorenzo Romar Notes:
Adrian Oliver will start Wednesday against Idaho, according to Lorenzo Romar. He made the switch partly as a
reward for his effort against Eastern Washington, but also for chemistry in trying to find that right 'fit'.
'He's getting to the foul line, so he's being aggressive. He's rebounding on both ends of the floor.' Romar
noted that he's got a positive assist/turnover ratio and that he's also knocking down some threes.
By putting Ryan Appleby on the bench, it may end up being a win-win in the sense that Appleby won Pac-10
Newcomer of the year coming off the bench in 2005-2006 and sparking the Huskies with instant offense in the
form of three-pointers. 'Ryan has proven himself. It's more now of what Adrian brings to the table and what
we're looking for'. He added that you could think of Ryan the same way people thought of Jamaal Williams last
year and Brandon Roy two years ago. 'They were like starters, they just didn't have their name called out at
the start of the game'.
Asked about the Vandals, and Romar said that they are very quick and aggressive. 'They are quick to the
ball'. The Huskies' next two opponents - Southern Utah and Gonzaga - have both beaten UI by an average of 21
points per game.
Asked about Joel Smith, and Romar said that he had no new information on Smith's stress fracture on his foot.
Smith suffered the injury last Wednesday during practice. It's expected the junior from Lompoc, Calif. could
miss another 4-7 weeks.
Asked about Harvey Perry, and Romar said that the redshirt frosh from Las Vegas is behind a little bit behind
in 'what we're looking for', but stressed that it isn't physical. Perry sat out all of the 2005-2006 season
with a back injury, but appears to have fully recovered. He has played very sparingly throughout the first
five games of the 2006-2007 season.
Asked about UCLA being ranked No. 1 this week in the newest AP Poll, and Romar thinks it's great for the
conference. 'One thing you can count on from them is great defense. The way they defend is not going to go
Spencer Hawes Notes:
Asked about some of the 'big names' from this year's frosh class that he keeps in touch with, and he said
that he keeps in touch via text with Kevin Durant (Texas), Tywon Lawson (North Carolina), Chase Budinger
(Arizona) and Brandan Wright (North Carolina).
Said that the speed of the game is still the thing that he's trying the hardest to adjust to. 'On defense
they try to speed you up a lot and everything moves so much quicker'.
Said his knee, which was scoped just prior to the season to remove a loose particle, is fine. 'I'm pretty
much back to full condition.'
He also said that he's about 20 pounds up from what his normal playing weight at Seattle Prep would have been
last year and that he's always been used to going up against stronger guys and trying to find a way around
it. 'But the added weight has helped'.
Asked about any issues so far as far as offense, and he said that it'll be an adjustment when the
double-teams come more. 'The double-teams here seem to be a lot more effective than in high schools, and the
holes close up a lot quicker.'
Asked about how difficult it is for him as a new player to keep focus on who they are playing when games like
Gonzaga, LSU and UCLA are on the horizon, and he said that while he's overlooking anyone, he can't help but
think about those games and getting ready for them.
Also asked about his game-watching habits, and he said that he definitely watches games more now as a student
and as film study than for entertainment.
Overall he said that he'd give himself a C+ so far, saying that he's not that happy about his free throw
shooting and also not happy about his lack of patience on the offensive end. 'But sometimes I'm guilty of
overcomplicating things on offense, so I've been working more on a go-to move that I can stick with'.
Adrian Oliver Notes:
Said that he can't think too much about the news that he's starting now. 'I just have to play to win. I just
have to go out there and play hard and focus.' It was his 'tough, hard-nosed defense on EWU's Rodney Stuckey
that earned praise from Romar. 'If you don't play defense here, you don't play.'
Said the first couple of games he was a little hesitant because he didn't want to turn the ball over, but
ironically enough that's exactly what happens when you play hesitant. 'When I play hard I don't think about
it, so the turnovers don't come as much.'
Asked about his rebounding ability, and he said that's what he was known for in high school, where he
averaged 12 rebounds a game as a junior and senior. 'I know I'm going to have a good game when I'm going hard
after the boards. It's something I try and do every night.'
Asked about the thought of three true frosh and two sophs starting the rest of the season, and Oliver said he
thought it would happen this way. 'I thought eventually it would come to that. Coach Romar is going to put
the best guys out there on the court.'
Phil Nelson Notes:
Nelson said things are going well for him, he just needs to focus hard on defense and learn the system and
things will fall into place. Added that he's a little surprised that he's struggling offensively (8-22 from
the field and 2-14 from three), but 'it's going to happen'. He said that adapting to the arena at BoA is part
of it, but speed hasn't been a problem. 'The shots I'm getting are the same ones I've been getting all my
life. They just aren't falling right now."
Quincy Pondexter Notes:
Asked how well the four freshmen are fitting in, and Pondexter said that they all have their roles and they
are playing them well. 'We're young, so we just need more experience. We'll be better'. Added that he's
talked with Phil Nelson about his shooting woes of late and Phil's staying positive. 'That's what happens
He said that the biggest transition he's had so far through five games is that every player on the court is
capable of making a play at any time, so you can't have any letdowns at all...ever.
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