Hoops Team Hit By Flu Bug

Oct. 20, 2009

Lorenzo Romar Press Conference (paid subscription required)

SEATTLE - Evidently basketball fever wasn't the only thing spreading through Bank of America Arena last Friday.

Coach Lorenzo Romar addressed the media on Tuesday and reported to those in attendance that his 12-man team has been decimated by the flu bug. Through the first three practices, he had several sessions that had only seven able-bodies available.

Darnell Gant was the first to go down, first reporting symptoms on Saturday early morning and soon to follow were many others. Those who were sick were told to stay home so not to spread the flu, but by that time it was too late.

The coaching staff was already mulling the idea of having walk on tryouts, but the illness that hit the team sped up the process. The team will be holding open tryouts on Thursday at 6:00 pm in Bank of America Arena. Only currently enrolled students are eligible and they must have passed a physical in the last six months. Contact Trevor Wade (206-446-8629) for more information.

Other Notes:• When asked by the media whether he was surprised with the athleticism displayed by his team in the dunk contest, Lorenzo Romar said no. He said when he saw Nate Robinson in the NBA dunk contests that he got to see him attempt many of the dunks before -- so same goes with his current group.

• Asked how many walk ons he would allow on the team, he did not put a cap on the number. He harkened back to the days when he had Brandon Burmeister, Alex Johnson, Alex Fletcher and Zane Potter and said if he could find a group like that again, he would be elated.

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