Romar Returns to Lead UW Men's Basketball
Nov. 4, 2002
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 --
UW vs. Central Washington (Exhibition); 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 --
UW vs. Athletes in Action (Exhibition); 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
'I think Washington is a sleeping giant. Number one, it is a great city. There's a lot here, the campus is beautiful and the academics are at a high level. You are still able to look back not too far to the Sweet 16 year and NCAA Tournament years.'
-- Lorenzo Romar, First-year Washington head coach
The second century of Washington basketball begins with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Only one senior (Marlon Shelton) is listed on the Husky roster that also includes just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers last season.
The Huskies (11-18, 5-13) finished the 2001-02 season with a flurry, winning three of their final four regular-season games to earn the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The eighth-seeded Huskies led by seven points at halftime before succumbing to No. 1 seed Oregon by an 86-64 count. Washington's non-conference season was highlighted by a runner-up performance at the Top of the World Classic in November and a home victory over NIT-bound UNLV. The conference campaign featured home victories over the top two teams in Pac-10 standings, Oregon and California.
o Lorenzo Romar is the second former UW player to coach the Huskies, joining Lynn Nance who coached from 1990-93.
o Eleven of the 14 players listed on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington, including seven from the immediate Seattle area.
o Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point average is No. 2 among Pac-10 returning players, trailing only Arizona's Jason Gardner (20.4).
o UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
Newcomer of the Year
Husky junior forward Doug Wrenn was named the 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year along with garnering all-conference acclaim. The 6-6 forward transferred from Connecticut and sat out the 2000-01 season. Wrenn was the Pac-10's third-leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and ranked 13th in rebounding (6.4 rpg). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the first Husky to be honored as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Doug Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 junior forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted the 2001 season at UW after transferring from Connecticut.
Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th-highest ever for a Husky and the best since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 11 straight games from Jan. 6-Feb. 14, averaging 26.0 points and accounting for 36 percent of UW's scoring during that span. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn tallied 30 points in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He topped all Husky scorers 21 times and posted 24 double-figure games, including 12 outings with 20 points.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A two-year starter, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's 77-64 win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen also excelled as a scorer, ranking second on the team with 12.0 points per game. He was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters, converting them at an 88.6-percent clip (101-114). He shot 3-pointers at a 41.7-percent rate (48-115).
The Huskies sustained some personnel losses from last season's squad, none bigger than 6-11 center David Dixon. He led the team with 6.4 rebounds per game, ranked third with an 8.4-point scoring average and tied the school's single-season record of 67 blocked shots. Another graduating starter was forward Grant Leep who led the Pac-10 in 3-point accuracy, converting a Husky record 53 percent of his treys. Leep was fourth on the team with 7.8 points per game and ranked third in rebounds with 4.1 per contest. Two underclassmen transferred during the off-season, including starting shooting guard Erroll Knight who was the team's fifth-leading scorer with 7.1 points per game. Knight transferred to Gonzaga while walk-on Sterling Brown is seeking another school in pursuit of a scholarship.
Washington opens the season on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with an exhibition game against Central Washington. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Admission will be charged, $18 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission. The Huskies host Athletes in Action on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Admission is free for the Athletes in Action exhibition contest. Washington has a 35-9 all-time record in exhibition games, including a pair of wins last season. UW recorded an 87-43 victory over the Brisbane Capitals from the Australian Professional League before defeating NCAA Division II power Western Washington by an 81-76 count.
Scouting Central Washington
Coach Greg Sparling's Wildcats posted a 16-10 record in 2002, placing fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a 9-9 mark. Guards Terry Thompson (Seattle, Wash./Ingraham HS) and Scotty Freymond (Elma, Wash.) were Central's second and third leading scorers last year, combining for 25.5 points in 2002. Washington owns a 12-4 lead in the all-time series that began in 1903. The Huskies won the last meeting 58-30 during 1943 in Seattle.
2002 Husky Highlights
Washington blocked a Pac-10 leading 139 shots, breaking the school single-season record of 118 established in 1993 ... David Dixon tied Chris Welp's single-season UW record with 67 blocked shots ... Grant Leep set school 3-point shooting accuracy records for a career (42.9%) and a single season (52.7%) ... Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th highest ever by a Husky and the highest since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1987 ... UW's schedule was rated the nation's second toughest in the final regular-season Sagarin rankings published March 11 by USA Today ... Doug Wrenn's four 30-point outings were the third-best single-season total by a Husky and are the most since Louie Nelson had five during the 1972-73 campaign ... Curtis Allen's 126 assists were the 7th highest single-season total ever at UW ... Allen converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26, including all 12 of his free throws against Oregon (Jan. 24) to tie the school's single-game percentage record ... Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970 ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference award since Deon Luton on Feb. 8, 1999.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack is perfect for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $32. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $18 while general admission seats are $10. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Season and individual-game tickets for all Washington home games are available now. Please contact the Husky Ticket Office for details, either by telephone (206-543-2200) or on-line at the following link:
Husky Basketball Tickets
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 757 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Letter of Intent Period
High school seniors can officially declare their plans to attend their selected college during the early letter of intent signing period. The fall early period lasts one week, from Nov. 13 through 20. Student-athletes not signed during that time must wait for the spring signing period that begins April 16. Since verbal or other agreements made prior to the official signing periods are not binding, university personnel are not permitted to talk about prospective signees until a letter of intent has been signed and received by the school. Signing announcements will be released upon arrival of letters.