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Archives: March 2011

March
31st

Romar still likes potential of new-look Huskies

Speaking in a conference call tonight from the Final Four in Houston, coach Lorenzo Romar said his team lost a lot on the court and in terms of leadership with Isaiah Thomas’ decision to go to the NBA.

However, Romar said that just as the injury to Abdul Gaddy created opportunities for others, this departure will create voids for other players to fill next season.

More Romar comments:

* Thomas will probably be drafted. He also says had Thomas decided to return it likely would have been more for the college experience rather than to improve himself for the NBA

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March
31st

Overton charge could be dismissed in a year

The Associated Press reports: University of Washington basketball player Venoy Overton has been given a continuance on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The action Thursday in Seattle Municipal Court means the charge will be dismissed if he avoids another criminal charge for a year and completes 24 hours of community service.

The 22-year-old was charged March 8, accused of giving alcohol on Jan. 8 to two 16-year-old girls he met online.

Coach Lorenzo Romar suspended Overton for the Pac-10 Conference tournament, but allowed him to return for the NCAA tournament. The senior guard’s college basketball career ended

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March
31st

Isaiah Thomas says his UW career is over

UW scoring and assists leader Isaiah Thomas has confirmed that he is leaving UW for the NBA. (His formal statement and the announcement from the school are in the post below.) In a conference all this afternoon, Thomas said this decision is firm and that he will not resume his college career regardless of his projected draft status.

He says he wants to be remembered as a Husky who worked hard and whose teams won.

March
31st

Isaiah Thomas leaving UW for NBA draft

Junior guard Isaiah Thomas will make himself available for the NBA Draft, he said today. (Highlights from his conference call are in the post above.)

Thomas, who averaged 16.8 points and 6.1 assists per game for the Huskies last season, issued this statement to gohuskies.com:

“Although it was a tough decision, I have decided to forego my senior season and enter my name into this year’s NBA draft. At this time I will not hire an agent. Over the past 3 years I’ve enjoyed every single minute of my Washington Husky career. I am very thankful to have played for a great coach like Coach Romar and our entire coaching staff. I have just over two quarters left to earn my degree, and I fully plan on finishing school. Also, I would like to take the time to thank all of my teammates and Husky fans for their support and the unforgettable memories. Go Dawgs!”

Coach Lorenzo Romar, who is in Houston for the Final Four, issued this statement to the website:

Isaiah Thomas has had an unbelievable impact on our program during his time with us. We will definitely miss him, but we are behind him in his quest to fulfill a lifelong dream to play in the NBA.”
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March
30th

Draft analyst: Jake “helped himself considerably”

Jake Locker and the UW coaching staff seemed thrilled with the quaterback’s work at Pro Day today in Dempsey Indoor. However, the opinions that really count come from NFL scouts, coaches and front offices.

Those were well represented also. Among them were the familiar faces of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, and former UW coach Keith Gilbertson, who is now a senior offensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns. The Tennessee Titans, who are in need of a quarterback, sent several representatives.

“I think he helped himself considerably,” said Rob Rang, senior draft analysis at NFLDraftScout.com. “The thing is …

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March
30th

Locker, Sarkisian pleased with QB’s 38-of-40

Just received a call from Don Ruiz, who is covering the UW pro day that features quarterback Jake Locker. It’s over, and he’s begun adding some details to this report and will add more later.

Some 200 scouts and media were there primarily to see Locker go through his paces. Also participating were linebackers Mason Foster, Victor Aiyewa and Brandon Huppert, offensive linemen Cody Habben and Ryan Tolar, defensive backs Nate Williams and Vonzell McDowell, and backs/receivers D’Andre Goodwin, Austin Sylvester and Dorson Boyce.

Among those spotted were Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and former UW head coach turned Browns assistant

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March
28th

UW’s Thomas, Sherrer receive postseason honors

UW men’s basketball players Isaiah Thomas of Tacoma and Brendan Sherrer received post-season honors today: Thomas picking up honorable mention for the Associated Press’ All-America men’s basketball team, and Sherrer being named to the Pac-10 all-academic team.

Here are the releases from the school:

Washington junior Isaiah Thomas is an honorable mention Associated Press All-American after averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 assists per game for the Huskies during their 2010-11 campaign.

Thomas (Tacoma, Wash.) led the Pac-10 in assists, ranked fourth in scoring, 8th in steals (1.3 spg) and 8th in three-point makes per game (1.7). His 213 assists

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