Tag:Lorenzo Romar
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:09 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 1:14 am

Washington faces must-win Saturday vs. Duke

By Jeff Borzello

NEW YORK – If one looked at Washington’s schedule at the beginning of the year, Saturday’s game at Duke wouldn’t be classified as a “must-win.”

After all, it’s Duke, in December, at the Garden. A game the Huskies would like to win, sure, but not a victory they probably needed to have.

Following the Washington’s loss on Tuesday to Marquette in the final seconds, though, this weekend’s tilt against the Blue Devils became much more important.

“It’s a big opportunity for us,” forward Darnell Gant said.

In reality, it’s more than that.

Washington is now 4-3, with losses to Saint Louis, Nevada and Marquette. The Huskies’ best win is over Georgia State at home. If Washington doesn’t beat Duke on Saturday, its only chance left for a remotely good non-conference win is against UC-Santa Barbara.

Yes, Washington’s best non-league win could be over UC-Santa Barbara – not a guaranteed victory – if it doesn’t knock off the Blue Devils this weekend.

“We’re aware of that,” head coach Lorenzo Romar said. “We have to concentrate on playing our best. We don’t tack on, ‘Oh by the way, we have to win this – extra.’”

With the Pac-12 in the midst of an extremely down year, the chances of Washington getting a marquee victory for its March resume are getting slimmer by the day. Right now, there’s not a top-25 team in the conference, with Stanford possibly looking like the best club.

Come Selection Sunday, which league victory is going to stand out to the committee? Oregon State? A reeling UCLA team? California has looked good, but even the Golden Bears haven’t beaten anyone of note yet. Arizona will get better as the season goes on, but when will the Wildcats become a highlight win?

It’s almost at the point where, if Washington doesn’t beat Duke on Saturday, the Huskies might need to win the Pac-12 title.

“I feel like we have to win every game now,” sophomore guard Terrence Ross said. “If we come out with a victory [over Duke], it could really help us in the future.”

For his part, Romar isn’t putting any extra pressure on his troops heading into Saturday.

“Tonight we didn’t finish, but we played pretty well. If we do that, we’ll win our fair share,” he said. “We won’t put it on them, like, if we don’t get it, this is it. We’ll play our best and see where the chips fall.”

Right now the chips aren’t falling in an overly optimistic fashion for the Huskies. With that said, last year didn’t feature an overwhelming non-conference season from Washington – and the Huskies still made the tournament. Of course, that team won the Pac-10 tournament and might not have made the Field of 68 as an at-large team had they lost to Arizona in the title game.

Moreover, that Pac-10 had Arizona as a No. 5 seed and UCLA as a No. 7 seed. At this point, there’s no team in the league that’s even a definite at-large candidate.

It’s tough to brand any mid-December game as a “must-win,” but would Saturday’s contest fall into that category?

As Ross answered: “Definitely.”

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:35 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 2:05 pm

Lorenzo Romar ... to the Timberwolves?

By Matt Norlander

Who knows how the minds of NBA general managers operate, really?

And David Kahn, the Minnesota GM? He's the most enigmatic of the bunch.

That's why the news of the Minnesota Timberwolves looking into Washington coach Lorenzo Romar as their next coach -- broken late Wednesday night by Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports -- was as slapstick as it was self-explanatory. It's Kahn. Nothing should surprise you.

Now, this barely qualifies as news, in my opinion, because we've got the mere possibility that Romar may be considered a candidate for the job. No interviews yet. In fact, Minnesota hasn't even officially fired Kurt Rambis as coach; that's expected to happen after the draft.

Another vital piece to this speculation: Romar said he hasn't been contacted by the organization and, of course, is perfectly happy where he is.
"They have not talked to me about the job there. So many times in our profession there's speculation on certain situations. Now why there would be speculation on me, I don't know. I feel presumptuous to go on and say I'm still here at the University of Washington and I'm comfortable here because that's assuming there's any interest. There could not be any interest. That's why I don't know how to answer that because no one has contacted me and said we want you to be a candidate for the job. It would be a little arrogant of me to say I have a comment."
Romar's a very frank, upfront guy. He's an alumnus of UW and still maintains that having the head-coaching gig there is his ultimate job. But in the interview with the Seattle Times' Percy Allen, Romar stops short of saying he'd not leave Washington this year. Makes sense, not only in keeping step with the beat he's keeping on his drum, but being mum can often get you more money and a renegotiated deal.

Romar may not want to leave, but if others want him, he and his agent can surely see the situation ferment where he gets a new contract and even more money. He won't get more time, though; that's for sure. Romar signed a 10-year deal last year and settled on new terms.

The most interesting aspect to this, outside of the thought of Romar coaching Ricky Rubio, is that if Romar is in his heart interested in the job, then the coaching carousel will spin again, continuing one of the longest offseason of coaching changes in the sport's history. And Washington's a desired Pac-12 job. We'd see, minimum, another three dominoes fall heading into the critical July recruiting period.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:45 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 2:24 am

Venoy Overton story is quite a bombshell

By Matt Norlander

We have never seen a story like this in college basketball, right? A player arrested for being a pimp? Not essentially being a pimp: purely and definitively being a pimp. Carrying the cane of female distribution and disrespect while under scholarship. Doing it while the cloud of controversy over his senior year followed him to the point where his misdeeds and creepy behavior encroached into the public domain.

He has not been charged yet, but it's not looking good.

Just to reset, for the sake of clarity and emphasis, Overton was busted because his girlfriend got sniffed out by local authorities, who suspected foul play. This was learned, willing, repeated behavior from Overton and his female business partner he had posing as his girlfriend, reportedly.

Overton is due in court Friday for what should be the first of many appearances. If he's found guilty, he faces up to five years in the clink and a fine of $10,000.

If college basketball wasn't so damn irrelevant between May and September, this might actually have a ripple effect or cause a conversation that stretches beyond Seattle. Maybe it will. Probably not, though. Overton didn't matter much to his team, let alone to his conference or college basketball as a whole. Outlier or not, this is almost as bad as college athletics can get away from the arena. It's halting.

The saddest part about Overton's case is that, ultimately, I can't say I'm tossed-to-the-floor shocked about this. That's speaks to Overton's character and history, not my cynicism, which I try to keep in check as often as possible. Had Washington State law not state a 16-year-old was considered a legal, consenting adult, it's possible Overton could've been charged and facing trial over statutory rape and furnishing alcohol to minors. (Sexual charges were never pressed.)

It was only after Overton's case went public that Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar suspended the senior for the Pac-10 tournament. It was discipline that stemmed from off-the-court actions earlier in the season, clearly. Many speculated in quiet quarters that Overton was going to be suspended earlier in the season. Plenty held the belief he didn't deserve to be on the team anymore. But Romar was patient -- some will call it spineless; not sure if that's fair, as you never know how much a coach knows, or wants to know, or allows himself to know -- and let Overton come back and play in the NCAA tournament, where he didn't do Washington much good in its third-round game against North Carolina.

Here's what Romar said in a statement that I'm fairly surprised wasn't 10 or 15 words shorter.

"I have been informed of the arrest of Venoy Overton and I am extremely disappointed. My staff and I spent an extraordinary amount of time and energy attempting to mentor Venoy prior to his recent graduation, so this news is especially troubling."

I'd go with alarming, if we're free to pick adjectives here. Washington and Romar will escape most criticism because this happened after the season (but was it happening during, that is the question, and will we learn those details should a trial come to pass?) with a player who will be seen as a rogue missile. Overton will likely get his comeuppance in the coming days, weeks and months. Romar and Washington will distance themselves immediately and dodge a lot of criticism over keeping a player with character flaws that go beyond the typical slews of issues so many college basketball players carry with them today.

Photo: AP
Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:09 am

Video: Lorenzo Romar snares a fish with one hand

By Matt Norlander

The Space Needle, the grunge-rock revolution, the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix, the city that hosted the greatest season of "Real World" and Pike Place Market. These are the things Seattle's most well-known for.

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar was in Pike Place Market yesterday, where he showed off his impressive reaction and gripping skills, snagging a flying fish like it was nothing. Like he'd been doing this for a decade.

That's baller.

(H/T, Beyond the Arc)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 8:54 pm

Coach suspends Venoy Overton for Pac-10 tourney

Posted by Matt Norlander

A few hours after a judge officially charged Washington senior guard Venoy Overton with providing alcohol to a minor Tuesday afternoon, head coach Lorenzo Romar decided to suspend his starter for the entirety of the Pac-10 tournament.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times tweeted the news of Romar's decision. Brewer is also reporting Romar will reinstate Overton, should they make the NCAA tournament.

Overton is facing a maximum of one year in jail if he's found guilty of furnishing alcohol to a minor.
His suspension comes two months after a 16-year-old girl alleged she was sexually assaulted by a then-unnamed Huskies player. Washington decided to keep the guilty party in question anonymous as the case played out.

Overton is averaging 6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.

The Pac-10 tournament begins Wednesday in Los Angeles. Washington's first game is Thursday against Washington State.

Photo: AP
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:16 pm

Lorenzo Romar's remarks re: UW rape accusations

Posted by Matt Norlander

The alleged rape that took place between a University of Washington men's basketball player and a 16-year-old girl over the weekend is one of the most uncomfortable stories in college basketball in some time.

Give credit to Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar for addressing the situation as best he could. This afternoon during his regularly scheduled meeting with the media, Romar spoke of what he knows and what he is allowed to say.

Romar declined to go into many details. He repeated the allegation is being taken seriously, but "there is not nearly enough information at this point to determine what is going to be done here."

"Right now, we just have to give it a little more time to decide what is going to come of this," he said.

Absolutely. Right now the Huskies no doubt know who the accused member of the team is, and they'll do their best to keep that information in-house. Romar certainly seems like a coach equipped to handle a swiftly rocky situation like this, even if there are no "manuals" for such scenarios.
"It's something that is ongoing and hopefully you talk with your team and you have a relationship with your team enough when something happens you're prepared somewhat to deal with it," Romar said. "We haven't covered everything. There are some situations that arise in sports and family situations that you just hadn't happened to you before, for the first time and you have to deal with that."
Washington did not make any players available to speak to the media, though it will be interesting to see what happens for the team's weekend road trip this weekend, which includes a Thursday night game against Stanford and then a Saturday tilt against Cal.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 4:53 pm

Pac-10 schedule agrees with Terrence Ross

Posted by Eric Angevine

Once upon a time, Lorenzo Romar almost realized a dream.

It was this past summer, when Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross, high school teammates from Portland, Oregon, seemed to be sticking together and coming to play for him at the University of Washington.

Then Jones, a slightly more highly ranked prospect, changed his mind and committed to John Calipari at Kentucky. Enes Kanter had made the same switch that season, and the Wildcats seemed to get the better of Romar at every turn. Now, in retrospect, we can see how crucial the Jones commit was - with Kanter ruled permanently ineligible, the freshman has had to pick up a great deal of frontcourt slack. He became an instant impact player at UK.

Back to Terrence Ross. He hasn't been so visible, but it's not for lack of talent. He's smaller than Jones, and doesn't muscle the ball inside very often. In fact, his desire to shoot the jumpshot -- no matter how good he is at it -- is holding him back a bit.

Ross is an unabashed shooter. He acts like a basketball in his hands is on fire. The sooner he unloads it, the better he feels. Next time he takes a pass, count how many seconds it takes to heave it up. You might not get to one one-thousand.

-Bob Sherwin, Sportspress Northwest

In the non-conference season, Ross had a hard time cracking the 20 minutes per game mark. He's a shooter in a lineup full of shooters, including C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs. You'd think he'd never see the light of day, actually.

But an interesting thing has happened since Washington entered Pac-10 play. Suddenly, TRoss is a real presence for the Huskies, who are 4-0 in conference play. In the league opener against USC, Ross came off the bench to score 18 on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. He took a step backward with 7 points in 9 minutes in a win over UCLA, then roared back with a career-high 25 vs. Oregon and a decent 14 when Oregon State came to Seattle.

One reason we're seeing more of Ross is the absence of Abdul Gaddy (and a staph infection that's kept Wilcox out of action). Losing one's starters is not the preferred way to find minutes for a freshman, but it has to be comforting for Romar to see that the kid is up to the task. Romar will likely continue to start super-defender Venoy Overton for a while, but the athleticism of Ross may make him one of the first players off the bench as long as he continues to rise to the occasion. His head coach says he's not surprised that it took Ross a while to settle in as he learned how to do more than just shoot.

"When you're thinking, offense goes," Romar said in a UW press release. "There's no coincidence that we're seeing Terrence Ross' athleticism more (now). When you can go out and play without thinking, you have that ability and athleticism that comes out. ... He had to learn to play right."

U-dub begins a two-game road trip through Stanford and Cal on Thursday, so if Ross can keep his brain turned off -- in a good way -- he'll continue to make a name for himself in the Pacific Northwest.
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