Huskies Compete at Great Alaska Shootout
Nov. 23, 2004
27th Annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout
Wed.-Sat, Nov. 24-27 / Sullivan Arena (8,700); Anchorage, Ak.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25 --
#22 UW vs. Utah; 7:00 p.m. PST (6 p.m. AST) -- ESPN2 TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26 --
Winner vs. Oklahoma/High Point Winner; 9:00 p.m. PST (8 AST)-- ESPN2 TV
Loser vs. Oklahoma/High Point Loser; 3:00 p.m. PST (2 AST)-- No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27 --
Final Round Game vs. Opponent TBD; Time TBA
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The schedule for 22nd-ranked Washington (1-0) heats up this week with three games on consecutive days in the cold climate of Anchorage, Alaska. The Huskies open the Great Alaska Shootout with a Thanksgiving evening encounter against Utah (1-0). They meet, Thursday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time (6 p.m. Alaska Time) in UAA's Sullivan Arena. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. The winner meets the victor of the Oklahoma-High Point game, Friday at 9 p.m. PST (8 p.m. AST) on ESPN2 while the first-round losers clash at 3 p.m. PST (2 p.m. AST). The other side of the bracket features No. 18 Alabama against host Alaska-Anchorage and Furman versus Minnesota. The Shootout championship game is slated for Saturday at 7 p.m. PST (6 p.m. AST) and will air on ESPN2.
Thursday's game against Utah will be televised live on ESPN2. If UW wins that game, Friday's semifinal will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. PST. The championship game will be broadcast Saturday at 7 p.m. PST. Bob Carpenter and Jimmy Dykes call the action.
North to Alaska
The trip north marks the Washington's third visit to Alaska in the last five seasons. UW finished fifth in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage during November of 1999 and was second at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks to start off the 2001-02 campaign. The Huskies are making their fourth appearance in the Shootout. They placed third in 1982, sixth in 1986 and fifth in 1999.
Washington won its season opener with an 89-71 victory over Seattle Pacific on Nov. 19. The Huskies won their only exhibition game, a 92-52 decision over NAIA member Westmont College on Nov. 9.
All five Washington starters return from last season's NCAA Tournament team and Pac-10 runner-up. The Huskies' top seven scorers are back, including five players who averaged double-figure points. UW boasts one of the nation's best backcourts, led by Wooden Award candidate Nate Robinson. The athletic 5-9 junior, who led the team with a 13.2-point scoring average, applied for the 2004 NBA Draft. He excelled at the pre-draft camp, but withdrew his application after deciding to return to UW. Also back are junior all-district honoree Brandon Roy and senior point guard Will Conroy. Roy averaged 12.9 points and led the Huskies with 5.3 rebounds per game last year. Conroy distributed 142 assists in 2004, the second-highest single-season total in school history. Sensational sixth-man Tre Simmons led the team with 48 treys. The frontcourt features a trio of players who each contribute in a significant way. Junior Bobby Jones is arguably the best defender in the Pac-10. Junior Mike Jensen is a strong inside force who stepped out to hit a team-high 41 percent from 3-point range. Senior Hakeem Rollins led the Huskies with 38 blocked shots. That nucleus is enhanced by the addition of transfer Jamaal Williams, a strong inside presence who averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 at New Mexico. The roster's lone freshman is athletic swingman Joel Smith who will vie for time in the playing rotation.
Washington had only six scholarship players available for the Nov. 19 home opener as four players were suspended and two others, Ryan Appleby and Zach Johnson, are red-shirting. Will Conroy, Bobby Jones, Tre Simmons and Jamaal Williams were held out of the Nov. 19 game after being declared ineligible for a secondary NCAA rules infraction. Simmons will miss UW's second game, Nov. 25 against Utah. Those four participated in an organized basketball competition in violation of the NCAA rule prohibiting Division I student-athletes from playing in outside competition during the academic year. They participated in one game during May in a league at a SeaTac area gym. Simmons participated in two games. The Washington coaching staff became aware of their players' participation in the unauthorized competition and immediately reported the incident to the UW compliance office. UW investigated the matter and self-reported the violation to the NCAA. The NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff accepted UW's report and self-imposed penalties.
The Utah Series
> Utah owns a slim 5-4 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1952.
> The Runin' Utes won the last three meetings, including a 71-62 victory Dec. 5, 1989 in Seattle during the most recent encounter.
> First-year Utah coach Ray Giacoletti has a 1-1 record against the Huskies, playing at UW in each of the last two years as the head coach at Eastern Washington. Giacoletti served as an assistant coach on Bob Bender's Washington staff from 1994-97.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar lost in his only previous meeting as a head coach against Utah. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Utes during the 1999-2000 season.
The Last Meeting
Utah 71, UW 62 (Dec. 5, 1989; Seattle)
Josh Grant made 11 field goals, five of them three-pointers, and finished with 30 points for Utah which prevailed 71-62 over Washington. Grant tallied 19 first-half points, helping the Utes build an eight-point halftime lead. The Huskies evened the score when Steve Hall hit on a 3-point shot with 12:40 to go in the contest, but Utah went on a 14-0 run to pull ahead for good. Eldridge Recasner led the Huskies with 18 points and Dion Brown chipped in 14 points. The Utes finished 18-for-22 from the free throw line while the Huskies attempted just 10 shots from the charity stripe.
Coming off an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, Washington was ranked in the preseason polls for the first time in six years, opening at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The rose to No. 23 in this week's ESPN rankings. The only Pac-10 team ranked higher than UW is Arizona which holds down the No. 18 AP spot and No. 17 in the coaches' poll. This year marks the Huskies' first mention in the preseason rankings since November of 1998 when they were coming off a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. This is only the second time UW appeared in the preseason national rankings since 1985. The Huskies opened the 1998-99 campaign ranked No. 14 in both the coaches' and Associated Press polls. They remained ranked for four weeks before dropping out of the polls after being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 8, 1998. That was UW's last appearance in the polls until now. That four-week run also marked UW's only national ranking since Jan. 5, 1985. Kansas topped the preseason AP poll with 25 first-place votes. Wake Forest was second, followed by Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Illinois. Defending national champion Connecticut was No. 8 in the AP rankings. Three opponents on the UW schedule are ranked; No. 17 North Carolina State, No. 18 Arizona and No. 24 Gonzaga. The Huskies also have a potential matchup with No. 19 Alabama in the Great Alaska Shootout. Three other UW opponents, Stanford, Utah and Oregon, also received votes along with prospective foe Oklahoma.
Romar on the Rankings
'I hear coaches ranked No. 1 say that what counts is where you are ranked at the end of the season. I agree with that part, but a lot of times coaches that say that are ranked every year,' third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar explained. 'We have not been ranked since we've been here, so that would be a compliment to our program at this point. It shows that things are moving in the right direction.'
Alaska Shootout Field
Along with Washington, the Great Alaska Shootout field includes 2004 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Alabama and first-round foe Utah. Alabama advanced to the elite eight last spring. A potential second-round opponent for the Huskies is 2004 NIT participant Oklahoma. Current UW assistant Jim Shaw joined the Huskies this summer after serving on Kelvin Sampson's Sooner staff the previous five seasons. Also competing in the Alaska Shootout tournament are host Alaska-Anchorage, Furman, High Point and Minnesota. The Huskies last trip to Anchorage came in November of 1999. They defeated Alaska-Anchorage 86-70 in the opening round before losing 82-65 to Georgia Tech and 81-65 to Xavier.
UW's Last Game
#22 UW 89, Seattle Pacific 71 (Nov. 19, 2004; Seattle)
Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson combined for 45 points to help Washington defeat Seattle Pacific 89-71 in the season opener at Bank of America Arena. Roy finished with 23 points while Robinson scored 22. Two other Huskies scored in double-digits, freshman Joel Smith had 15 points in his collegiate debut and Mike Jensen posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. An NCAA Division I school, Seattle Pacific (0-1) kept the score close in the early going, but by halftime the Huskies held a commanding 38-23 lead. In the second half, UW's lead never dropped below 14 points and reached 26 points on two occasions. Taking advantage of 27 SPU personal fouls, the Huskies went 29-for-36 at the free throw line including 27-of-29 accuracy in the second half. The Falcons were 15-for-19 from the line. Washington (1-0) attempted just one 3-pointer in the second half after sinking 2-of-10 in the first half. The Huskies dominated inside, out-rebounding the Falcons 42-28 and outscoring them 44-26 in the paint. Jordan Lee led SPU (0-1) with 22 points including 6-of-7 from behind the three-point line. Jason Chivers added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Falcons. Washington played without the services of four core players; Will Conroy, Bobby Jones, Tre Simmons, and Jamaal Williams. They were serving a suspension for playing in an outside league during the academic year. Their absence left UW with six available scholarship players.
Tickets are rapidly disappearing for Washington home games. All of the ducats designated for season ticket sales have been sold. The Nov. 19 home opener against Seattle Pacific nearly sold out and 9,851 attended the game in 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena. At least 10 of the 14 remaining home games are already sold out. The only games with tickets left are against San Diego State, Sacred Heart, Houston and California. There are less than 900 tickets for each of those five games and less than 100 in some cases. Fans can order tickets online at www.gohuskies.com or purchase in person through the Husky Ticket Office. The telephone number to order tickets is 206-543-2200.
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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 777 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They registered an 11-3 home record last season.
The 2004 Huskies posted a 19-12 record, were the Pac-10 runners-up and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament. The Huskies rebounded from an 0-5 conference start to finish with a 12-6 Pac-10 record. UW vauled from last place to second over the final month and a half of the season. A 75-62 triumph over No. 1 Stanford on Mar. 6 clinched UW's first second-place finish since 1986. UW won 12 of its final 13 Pac-10 regular-season games, its best streak ever in conference play. Washington turned its season around in miraculous fashion, claiming an NCAA Tournament bid by winning 14 of its last 18 games. The remarkable run was ended by a 102-100 loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Washington had five double-figure scorers in seven of the final eight games last season. UW featured a balanced offense in 2004 with five players averaging double-figure points. All five return this season. Previously, the last time five Huskies finished a season in double figures was the 1975 campaign. Seven different players led UW in scoring during a game and five turned in a 20-point performance.
Washington averaged 82.0 points per game last season, the highest scoring output since the 1972 Huskies finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW ranked second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and was listed No. 6 among NCAA Division I teams at 82.0 points per game. UW's 100-point outburst against UAB (Mar. 19) was its highest total in a postseason game. The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau three times for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. It equaled a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975. The 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) marked UW's highest point total in 311 games, dating to a 130-67 win over Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. It was UW's first 100-point effort in 159 games, dating to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau 11 times last season, a figure they reached only once in 2003. That is the most 90-point plus performances for a Washington team since the 1972 squad registered 12.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson garnered first-team All-Pac-10 accolades in 2004. He should be in line for even more honors in 2005. Robinson is a Wooden Award nominee and received All-America acclaim in several preseason publications. He led UW and ranked 13th among Pac-10 players in 2004 with 13.2 points per game. Robinson topped the team and was third among the conference leaders in steals (53) and free throw accuracy (85.3%). Robinson amassed a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 home win over No. 9 Arizona on Jan. 29. That effort helped him receive the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award. The 5-9 guard tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. Robinson led all scorers with 27 points in the 2004 NCAA Tournament game against UAB. In his first season, Robinson was named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after leading the Huskies with a 13.0-point scoring average. He joined the basketball team after competing as a freshman in 2002 on the Husky football team. Robinson played in all 13 football games, including the Sun Bowl, and started the final six at cornerback.
Robinson applied to be eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft, but withdrew on June 17 to preserve his collegiate eligibility. Before withdrawing, he attended the pre-draft camp in Chicago from June 8-10 where he was evaluated by NBA scouts and general managers from whom he received feedback. At the pre-draft camp, Robinson had a 22-point performance on the first day. It was the highest single-game output by any of the 59 participants during the three-day playing sessions.
The pivotal point in Washington's 2004 season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Last year marked Washington's biggest turnaround in an NCAA Tournament season. The Huskies had a 5-8 record before winning 14 of their final 18 games. UW opened Pac-10 play 0-5 before winning 12 of its final 13 conference games, vaulting from last place to second. Only twice before did a UW team that earned an NCAA berth have a losing record at any point in the season. The 1984 and 1986 UW teams started the season with 1-2 records before maintaining winning ledgers the rest of the way.
Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Three Pac-10 schools may start Seattle natives at the point this season, including Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach HS) at USC along with the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Husky sophomore Ryan Appleby (Stanwood) who will red-shirt after transferring from Florida, Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie) and Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine).
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Three former prep teammates are listed on the Washington roster; seniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with junior Brandon Roy. Last year UW had four former Garfield players, including Anthony Washington who transferred to Portland State prior to the 2004-05 season. That quartet of former Bulldogs combined to score 1,204 of UW's 2,543 points, an average of 38.8 points per game. They accounted for 47 percent of the Huskies' total offensive output. A Garfield grad led or tied the team in scoring during 19 games last season. Roy (12.9) and Conroy (12.7) were UW's No. 2 and No. 3 scorers. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a quarterback on the Husky football team.
The road had been unkind to Washington ... until last season. The Huskies registered a 6-7 overall record away from home, with a 5-4 conference ledger that marked their first winning Pac-10 road record since 1986 (6-3). The Huskies posted only one Pac-10 road win in each of the previous three seasons: at Oregon (2001), at Oregon State (2002) and at USC (2003). They had a 3-29 record in their previous 32 conference road contests before finishing last season with victories in five of their last six away contests. Last year's two wins at the Arizona schools marked UW's first sweep of a road trip since 1998 and the first sweep at Arizona and ASU since 1984. The 89-84 win at No. 17 Arizona stopped a streak of 24 straight UW road losses against ranked teams. The Arizona trip capped a trying 10-day span from Feb. 20-29 during which the Huskies traveled over 7,500 miles. That journey included a trip to 13th-ranked North Carolina State which rallied to edge UW 77-72 on Feb. 22 in Raleigh. UW matched its longest Pac-10 road winning streak with wins at Oregon State, Washington State and USC. UW had five previous three-game road winning streaks since Pac-10 play began in 1979.
Sophomore Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004. The 6-6 swingman received the March 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a sweep in the state of Arizona. The last time the Huskies had a road sweep in Arizona was during January of 1984, six months before Roy was born. He led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg), figures that both rank No. 15 among Pac-10 players. Roy ranked second on UW in both assists (102) and steals (37). He amassed a career-high 30 points in 29 minutes at UCLA (Feb. 7), eclipsing his previous high of 22 points registered against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the prep class of 2002, but was not declared eligible by the NCAA until Jan. 16, 2003. He played 13 games with two starts in 2003, averaging 6.1 points per game. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft. He is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster.
UW 92, Westmont 52, exhibition (Nov. 9, 2004; Seattle)
Washington outscored Westmont College 49-23 in the second half of its exhibition game Tuesday en route to a 92-52 victory in front of approximately 3,300 spectators at Bank of America Arena. Junior Brandon Roy led all scorers with 22 points on 10-12 shooting from the floor. Taking a 43-29 lead into halftime, the Huskies came out hot in the second half, holding Westmont to just three points over the first 13:18 of the half while scoring 25 points of their own. Leading the charge was Roy who poured in 10 points during the Husky run. On the night, the Huskies outshot the Warriors 72-40 and finished the night shooting 51.4 percent from the floor as well as hitting on 7-15 from behind the three-point stripe. Westmont, an NAIA school from Santa Barbara, Calif., made 52.5 percent of its field goals in the game. UW's high-pressure defense proved to be frustrating for the Warriors who committed 30 turnovers, 12 due to Husky steals. Capitalizing on the miscues, Washington scoring 40 points off turnovers. Three other Huskies joined Roy in scoring double-digit points. Nate Robinson scored 15, Mike Jensen scored 11, and freshman Joel Smith scored 10 points in his first game as a Husky. With 9:13 left in the first half, the score was tied at 22-22, but the Huskies finished the half on a 21-7 run, which carried over into the second half. Pacing the Warriors in scoring and rebounding was Nick Debban who scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds on the night. Senior Will Conroy dished out seven assists to lead the Huskies while Robinson and Roy led Washington in rebounds with six. A solid contribution also came from sophomore Brandon Burmeister who added seven points with four rebounds and three assists.
Did You Know?
The state of Washington had three schools participate in the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time ever. The Huskies from Seattle were joined by Gonzaga (Spokane) and Eastern Washington (Cheney) in the 2004 field. The only division I school in the state that wasn't in last year's tournament was Washington State (Pullman). Only twice before had two teams from the state competed in the Tournament during the same year: 1999 (Gonzaga, UW) and 1953 (Seattle University, UW).
Junior forward Bobby Jones ranked second among Huskies in rebounds with 4.9 per game, a figure that ranked 19th among Pac-10 players. He ranked fourth among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 57.0 percent. Jones was third among UW players with 37 steals. He amassed a career-high 22 points, on 10-for-13 shooting, at North Carolina State (Feb. 22). Jones tallied 10 or more points in 21 games last season after reaching double figures just five times in 2003. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the final 15 games in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that total to 11.2 points in 2004.
Senior point guard Will Conroy has distributed 296 career assists. He enters the season ranked No. 5 among all-time Husky playmakers and needs 170 more to tie Chester Dorsey's (1974-77) school record of 466. Conroy is the sixth Husky to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons. He registered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.58 assists per game in 2004. He finished third on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game. He is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster.
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons led all Washington scorers seven times, tying Brandon Roy for the team lead. Simmons ranked eighth among Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, hitting 40 percent (48-119) of his attempts beyond the arc. He amassed 14 treys in the final five games, including five during a Pac-10 Tournament semifinal win over Arizona. Simmons broke open a one-point game in the second half of the 75-62 win over No. 1 Stanford with three straight 3-pointers. Simmons hit at least one 3-pointer in nine of the last 11 games and had 14 multiple-trey outings last year. He poured in a career-high 22 points at Arizona (Feb. 26), including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Nate Robinson has been selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2005 John R. Wooden All-America Team, Wooden Award chairman Duke Llewellyn announced. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. A 5-foot-9 guard, Robinson is the first UW player on the Wooden Award preseason watch list since Todd MacCulloch in 1999. In mid-January, the Wooden Award committee will release the mid-season top 30 list, an announcement that will be televised on CBS Sports. On March 29, 2005 the 10-player Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced on CBS.
Lorenzo Romar is in his third year as head coach at Washington after directing a spectacular turnaround during his second season. UW posted a 19-12 record in 2004 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999. Romar guided the Huskies to their first second-place regular-season finish since 1986 and their first Pac-10 Tournament championship game appearance since 1987. After opening the conference campaign with an 0-5 record, UW reeled off 12 wins in its final 13 Pac-10 outings. Capping the run was a 75-62 triumph over No. 1 and previously undefeated Stanford in the final regular-season game. Romar's Huskies won all three meetings with highly ranked Arizona. The remarkable run was ended by a 102-100 loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2003, Romar guided the Huskies to a 10-17 record, including victories over NCAA Tournament-bound Stanford and Oregon. He was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in UW's 103-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. In his ninth season overall, Romar has compiled a 123-117 record as a head coach, including a 30-29 mark in two years at Washington. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. He led Pepperdine to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. His first Saint Louis squad upset top-ranked Cincinnati en route to the Conference USA tournament title and automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. Romar is the second UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance (1989-93).
Romar the Giant Killer
Washington has a 2-26 all-time record against top-ranked opponents and Lorenzo Romar played a part in both victories. He coached UW to a 75-62 over No. 1 Stanford, Mar. 6 in Seattle. On Feb. 22, 1979 the Huskies upset No. 1 UCLA 69-68 in Seattle. Romar was a Husky player then. He registered 10 points and six assists off the bench in 25 minutes against the Bruins. In his first season at Saint Louis, Romar's Billikens toppled No. 1 Cincinnati in the 2000 Conference USA Tournament.
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of third-year assistant coaches Ken Bone and Cameron Dollar along with first-year assistant Jim Shaw. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the previous 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the previous three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. A native of Chimacum, Wash., Shaw joins the Husky staff after five years on Kelvin Sampson's Oklahoma staff that included a 2002 Final Four appearance.