A few quick notes ..
Aziz N’Diaye didn’t play as expected. He still needs to pass a post concussion test. But Romar expects him to play on Saturday against Georgia State. His presence was missed.
Washington only outrebounded SPU 41-36 and the Falcons had 14 offensive rebounds.
“I hope you all see why we need Aziz, he’s a big deal in many ways,” Romar said.
But as Romar also pointed out, perimeter players like Terrence Ross, who led the team with eight rebounds, Tony Wroten (6) and even CJ Wilcox (4) rebounds will have to help them.
Neither Romar or his players were satisfied with their defensive performance. Early on, Washington was solid and played with a lot of energy. But if you noticed, the number of freshman on the floor was directly proportionate to the number of missed boxouts, slow rotations and poor decisions, which is to be expected.
Of the seven freshman that played, Tony Wroten obviously looked the most comfortable scoring 10 points, grabbing six boards, dishing out four assists – including three dazzling passes – and four turnovers.
“Assist to turnover ratio,” Romar said of Wroten. “He was even tonight. He has to be better.”
Wroten wasn’t sure he was going to play until right up a few hours before the game.
Desmond Simmons, a redshirt freshman, also looked solid. He’s got crazy energy and a pretty good noses for the basketball on rebounds. Martin Bruening did a nice job finishing inside on a couple of passes from Wroten and Gaddy. But he also got pushed around inside and was a little tentative defensively.
Shawn Kemp Jr. gave the Huskies solid minutes and is big body. Romar was very pleased with how he played.
Jennard Jarreau looked a little overwhelmed and only played about 11 minutes. He failed to box out on a free throw leading to an offensive board for SPU. And he got manhandled a few times inside, and yet he still blocked three shots. Hikeem Stewart only saw 7 minutes, Andrew Andrews played five minutes – tough to get a read on them.
CJ Wilcox scored 19 points on 16 shot attempts – 12 of them from three-point range. Is that going to be an nightly occurence? Probably not. It just depends on how the defense is playing. Romar will never tell him to stop shooting. From what I can remember, all of his shots were open and in rhythm. There was maybe one or two off the dribble that might be slightly questionable. But shooters gotta shoot.
Terrence Ross seemed to be the most efficient player on the floor, scoring 15 points, grabbing eight rebounds, dishing out three assists with a block and a steal and just one turnover in 27 minutes.
Romar played four freshmen on the floor at once a few times. But that won’t be a common occurrence right now. By February he will be more comfortable doing it.