Evaluating Romar’s 2013 season
The Washington Huskies finished this season with an 18-16 record. For a shaky season, you have to give them credit for finishing just over .500. Losing three talented seniors will be difficult for this young UW team, but that just means there will be opportunities for the underclassmen to step it up.
It’s going to be exciting watching the young guys grow, but there’s a lot of room for improvement for next season.
Only three seniors are departing
At least we don’t have to worry about the whole starting lineup leaving us! The Huskies still don’t know if C.J. Wilcox will return for his senior season, but if he does, he would be a great leader for the team next year.
Hoping that Wilcox comes back for his senior year, the projected lineup could look like this:
- G – Andrew Andrews - Sophomore
- G – C.J. Wilcox - Senior
- G – Hikeem Stewart - Junior
- F – Shawn Kemp Jr.- Junior
- F- Desmond Simmons - Junior
Andrew Andrews has done a great job producing points off the bench, as he closed out his last two games scoring double digits against Oregon and BYU.
If Wilcox stays, it’s fair to say that he would be the projected leading scorer on this squad. If he doesn’t, Romar can always put in five-star recruit, Nigel Williams-Goss if he earns a spot on the lineup.
Nigel Williams-Goss is a point guard from Happy Valley, Ore. and is ranked 15th in ESPN’s top 100 recruits for 2013.
Romar wants to stay no matter what
Despite the disappointment of missing the NCAA Tournament the last two years, Lorenzo Romar wants to stay at Washington as long as he can. Last month, it was rumored that UCLA was eyeing Romar as a head coaching candidate. The Los Angeles native and former assistant coach for UCLA ended up staying in Washington simply because he loves it here.
Coach Romar and his family have made their home here in Seattle. Not only does he want his players to do well on the court, but in the classroom as well. He wants his last job to be the head coach at University of Washington.
Crummy conference play
The Huskies had a hot 4-0 start when conference games began. Two weeks later, they lost four straight with a fast falling .500 record against the conference. On the bright side, we didn’t end the season with an under .500 record or finish last in the conference.
But we had a promising run once conference play began. Every player who is returning next season needs to do everything he can to fill in Gaddy’s, Suggs’ and N’Diaye’s shoes.
Recruiting top players to stay high in the conference
Although it’s a little too early in the season, Romar will have to try to convince as many top recruits as possible to come to Washington. We already have plenty of guards, including newest signee, Nigel Williams-Goss. However, this year the Pac-12 was a lot tougher than people thought and it’s only going to get more competitive.
UCLA, Oregon, Colorado, California and Arizona all have top 100 recruits that have signed with them, but Arizona has locked up the most with four.
Arizona finished second in the conference this season and lost their Sweet 16 game against Ohio State, 73-70.