Men's basketball: Roy can't wait to hit hardwood
Sure, it's just an exhibition game against a team that sounds like it's named after a judge from American Idol. But Brandon Roy sounds as...
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Sure, it's just an exhibition game against a team that sounds like it's named after a judge from American Idol.
But Brandon Roy sounds as excited as if he's prepping for an NCAA tournament game.
"I've got so much I want to show," says Roy, a senior who will become the leader of this Huskies team after accepting complementary roles the past few seasons. "I can't wait to show fans that I can bring it up, put it through my legs and get to the basket or come down and pull up for jumpers. I just have to make sure I don't try to go too crazy the first five minutes. I have to stay relaxed."
Seeing just exactly how new-look the Huskies really look will suffice for the drama tonight as Simon Fraser isn't expected to provide a lot of competition. Simon Fraser is located in Burnaby, B.C., and is off to a 3-3 start in games against Canadian teams. They are a member of the Canada West conference, which is roughly equivalent to Division II in the United States.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies will start players based on their rebounding totals in practice. One possible lineup could feature Roy, Bobby Jones and Justin Dentmon in the backcourt and Jon Brockman and either Jamaal Williams or Artem Wallace up front.
The game will be the first for UW without guards Nate Robinson, Will Conroy and Tre Simmons, who led the Huskies into prominence the past two seasons, including a 29-6 record and Sweet 16 appearance last season. The 29 wins tied a school record.
Romar has said he envisions UW being better inside to make up for the lack of experience on the perimeter. Some of the veterans also will begin adjusting to new roles. Roy could play a lot at point guard, Jones will move from power forward to the perimeter, and Williams has added an outside shot.
Simon Fraser @ UW, 6 p.m.
"We still think we are going to be an exciting team," Roy said. "We might not be as a quick, but we will play as fast."
The key newcomer to watch could be freshman center Joe Wolfinger, the only one of the five freshmen on the team who is still a serious redshirt candidate. Wolfinger can play in the game without losing his redshirt status, and coaches will use the game to help form their ultimate decision, probably next week, on whether he plays this season.
Tonight's game also will be played with some new experimental rules; the changes also will be used in the Black Coaches Association Classic next week at Hec Ed. Among the changes, the three-point line will be 20 feet, 9 inches instead of 19 feet, 9 inches and the lane widened from 12 feet to 14.
The rules are only for use in exhibition games and certified tournaments.
Romar said he thinks the longer three-point line will have minimal impact. "If you are a good three-point shooter, I don't think a foot makes a difference," Romar said.
As for the lane, Romar said, "It builds in some space for sure. It's an advantage for more versatile post players."
The Huskies women also will open their exhibition season today, hosting Baden Sports at 2 p.m. at Hec Ed.
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