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Archives: March 2011

March
23rd

WSU AD ends Casto suspension

Washington State University has just released this statement from athletic director Bill Moos regarding DeAngelo Casto, who coach Ken Bone had suspended yesterday.

“There has been a great deal of discussion regarding DeAngelo and his situation over the past 24 hours. In reviewing new information that has been brought to my attention, I am removing DeAngelo’s suspension effective immediately and he will be available to participate in tonight’s NIT Quarterfinal game. There are unique circumstances involving this matter and I feel the appropriate avenue to take is to allow the legal system to run its course before we

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March
22nd

Romar spends an hour looking ahead to next year

Here are the highlights of coach Lorenzo Romar’s end-of-season press conference today, which was focused heavily on the future. I decided the Q&A format would work best for this wide-ranging information, but many of the answers listed below are edited for length or clarity.

Q: Where will Matthew Bryan-Amaning’s lost size and points come from?
Romar: In this program, players have done a good job of stepping up in someone else’s absence. Next year, we’ll have bigger wings, bigger guards. Abdul Gaddy is back, he’s 6-3; Tony Wroten is 6-5. Those are bigger guard. You already have Scott Suggs,

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March
22nd

WSU suspects Casto for NIT quarterfinal (at least)

This just in from Washington State:

Washington State University Head Basketball Coach Ken Bone announced Tuesday that DeAngelo Casto has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules and will miss tomorrow night’s National Invitational Tournament quarterfinal game.

“I am disappointed in DeAngelo as he let himself and his teammates down,” said Bone. “Neither myself nor the team will have further comment as our sole focus is the game against Northwestern and the opportunity to reach the NIT semifinals in New York.”

WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos added, “It is important that our student-athletes realize that they are

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March
22nd

Romar expects no roster defections or surgeries

Coach Lorenzo Romar just concluded his end-of-year press conference, although it really looked forward more than back. I’ll be back with more later, but among the quick highlights, he said:

* Isaiah Thomas “owes it to himself” to investigate NBA options, but seems to expect he’ll return.

* assuming Thomas returns, he is likely will more more to a scoring guard role next season than all the ball handling he did this season.

* size and ability of Terrence Ross should allow him to go with four-guard offense some next season.

* says even without Matthew Bryan-Amaning, says team should

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March
20th

2011-12 Huskies project as smaller, talented

With Matthew-Bryan Amaning, Justin Holiday and Venoy Overton having played their final games as Huskies, the 2011-12 team projects as strong at guards and wings, but with 7-foot Aziz N’Diaye and Darnell Gant as the only experienced frontcourt players.

Of course, any projection of how good that team might be depends on whether leading scorer/assists provider Isaiah Thomas returns or makes himself available to the NBA. He gave a variety of answers on the topic after North Carolina ended UW’s season Sunday, but it seems more likely than not that he will be back. (Here’s my take on the

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March
20th

Three UW seniors look back … and ahead

Today’s 86-83 loss to North Carolina ended not only the UW season, but the UW careers of seniors Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday and Venoy Overton.

Here’s some of what they had to say before taking off their Husky jerseys for the last time:

MBA:
“It’s been a quick four years. Everything I remember from freshman year and not making the tournament, and then three outstanding years after that. Obviously we’re not satisfied just being able to play with North Carolina. We know that we did everything we did to try to win the game. Obviously we’re upset about this

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March
20th

Huskies’ quick thoughts on season-ending loss

Here’s a quick sample of what some of the Huskies had to say after their 86-83 season-ending loss to North Carolina today in Charlotte.

LORENZO ROMAR (Opening statement) “Very hard fought game. Carolina is a great basketball team. Our guys fought and did so many things right to win this ball game.”

LORENZO ROMAR (On asking for a replay on final shot attempt) “I did ask for a replay and they said that they had checked.”

LORENZO ROMAR (On Henson) “We can see why he s is a defensive player of the year. He has length and it makes difficult

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March
20th

Officials stand by final clock decision

Replays indicated that Venoy Overton’s final-possession heave (see post below) went out of bounds with more than a second remaining, however, the Huskies were awarded the ball with only five-10ths of a second showing. Coach Lorenzo Romar said he asked for the officials to review the video, but they said they had and they were confident that 0.5 was correct.

After the game, Doug Shows, officials crew chief, released this statement:

“There’s always a lag time between the time the play occurs and the whistle is blown and the clock stops. By rule, the clock stops when the whistle blows.

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