Outside of the discussion of coaching vacancies, there was plenty else to talk about with Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar on Monday. Two quick things: Martin Breunig will transfer (this is no surprise) and C.J. Wilcox is yet to make a decision about declaring for the NBA draft (also no surprise.). More news, notes and quotes on the jump:
> Romar said he has talked to Wilcox about going to the NBA. Wilcox has submitted his paperwork to the NBA Undergraduate Committee and will be waiting on its feedback. The committee, made up of “NBA team executives”, projects where a player will be taken in the draft. Only first-round draft picks receive guaranteed contracts. In some cases, like with Isaiah Thomas and Nate Robinson, the player doesn’t care what the committee says. Wilcox will rely heavily on the committee’s feedback, Romar said. He has until April 16 to pull his name back from the draft and retain eligibility. “I don’t think he’s leaning toward anything,” Romar said.
> Romar said the Huskies will not “have a depth issue” next year, the way they did the past two years. Part of the reason for that is because he expects to add a “couple” recruits in addition to the two who have already signed their LOIs, point guard Nigel Williams-Goss and wing Darin Johnson. Washington is assumed to still be in the mix for uber-recruit Aaron Gordon. Gordon will announce his decision April 3 at the McDonald’s All-American game.
> Romar listed three players who he thinks can take large jumps next season: Andrew Andrews, Jernard Jarreau and Shawn Kemp Jr. He said Andrews is poised to be a “scoring” point guard and thinks he complements incoming freshman point guard Williams-Goss. On Andrews, Romar said, “You give him one specific job, he can tear it up.” Romar said Jarreau needs to get stronger and Kemp can score easily in the post.
> Romar said the lack of offense this year was as much attributable to the lack of pressure defense as anything. He said, “I don’t know if we had the personnel to get up into people” like they had in the past. Washington was 304th in the country in steal percentage, according to Kenpom.com. He also continued to say Washington had good shots out of the high-post offense, which is here to stay. He also said they need to get out in transition more. According to Kenpom.com, Washington finished with its slowest adjusted tempo since Romar has been here and it has gone down progressively since ’09: 73.9, 73.1, 71.1, 69.9 and 65.7. That’s in lockstep with teams forcing turnovers.
> Romar said transfer Perris Blackwell can play alongside Kemp and has very good scoring touch in the post.