Mens' Hoops Practice Report: 10/31

In a stark contrast to the previous week's emphasis, the past two days Husky head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar has given a significant amount of time to the offensive side of the ball. On a day when most other students would be preparing costumes to commence partying, the Husky basketballers continued to bust their butts in preparation of their upcoming season.

To begin practice, the big men worked on their post moves while being overseen by coaches Bone and Schoene.

In one on one drills Anthony Washington stood out as a big man with a soft touch around the basket. Both he and Marlon Shelton showed that they can get the ball in the hoop if the ball is delivered in the right place. Jeff Day plays excellent post defense for his size. He should be able to match up defensively against most power forwards and centers in the Pac-10. Offensively, Day is tentative with his post moves, however he showed later in the practice session that he can hit shots in the flow of the offense. Romar has encouraged Day to look to shoot more, especially the elbow jumper that he can get anytime he wants. In the same drills Mike Jensen showed the ability to go to his left hand when needed.

On the other side of the court the guards and small forwards went through outside shooting drills while being watched over by coach Romar.

The Huskies have lacked a consistent outside threat for a few years now. Whether or not this year's team will have a long-range marksman is yet to be determined. Will Conroy, C.J. Massingale, and Curtis Allen have all improved on their jumpers?

The difference is noticeable, but this is still not a good jump-shooting team on paper. Bobby Jones and Doug Wrenn can both shoot from outside, but will have to prove it consistently.

Romar brought the team together for a simulated one on one fast break drill. The offensive player must run the length of the floor and try to score in under six seconds. In a follow up drill, coach Romar tested the players' conditioning. the drill was similar, but this drill emphasized protecting the ball on a fast break. Coach Romar tried to get his players to feel where the defense was coming from. Players that stood out in this drill were Anthony Washington and Bobby Jones. Washington consistently beat Shelton down the floor and showed that he had no trouble rising to dunk while on the full run. Bobby Jones stopped Doug Wrenn on the break on a few occasions including one nice block.

Later in the practice Coach Romar led some much awaited five on fives. It is obvious that under new direction the players have a new energy. Cuts are sharper, passes are crisper and effort is being shown on the boards. To date no one on the roster has been able to keep Anthony Washington off the boards. The big man who will wear number thirty will contribute in that department immediately.

Those who have been at practice know that Romar has done nothing but preach the new defensive philosophy since day one. It has shown in a big way. In an effort to use his team's quickness to its fullest advantage, the players are being taught to play passing lanes as much as possible. Ball pressure and ball denial are buzzwords with the coaching staff. As a collective the team is miles ahead of where they left off last season in terms of defense.

During five on fives the defense has looked good.

Notes: Michael Johnson was in attendance today. Ben Devoe spent all of today working with the trainer, working on the side with a medicine ball and training bike. During five on fives, Curtis Allen and Will Conroy were on the same squad for the first time this year. It will be interesting to see if they will play in tandem at all during the season. Top Stories