Oct. 15, 2010
SEATTLE -- Washington opened the first day of men's basketball camp on Friday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion and coach Lorenzo Romar pushed his players hard in front of a small gathering.
Like every team throughout the country, the Huskies had to wait until 5:00 p.m. to officially kick off the season. Once the team took the main floor, the practice felt like any other day during the season.
The Huskies stretched as a team under the guidance of strength & conditioning coach Matt Ludwig. Captains Justin Holiday and Isaiah Thomas took center stage to lead the 11 other Huskies during warm-ups -- replacing graduated senior Quincy Pondexter who led stretching last season. The 13 Dawgs were very enthusiastic and loose early on.
Once loose, Romar and the coaching staff implemented full-court passing, defensive and lay-up drills...seemingly signifying the opening of camp. Coaches' expectations were high from the get go and if players made lapses, coaches corrected their mistakes and stopped drills to teach what they expected.
Perhaps the most interesting -- and definitely the most enthusiastically cheered drill -- was when the team practiced taking a defensive charge. The drill more closely resembled football practice the way bodies were banging into each other. Despite the physical-nature of the drill, the group smiled and laughed and seemingly enjoyed the hard-nosed practice.
Romar set the tone on the first day and clearly set the standard high. If the Huskies expect to return to the NCAA Tournament and reach new heights, the Huskies will have to work hard. If Friday was any indication, the team is more than willing to embrace that philosophy.
The Huskies headed to St. Martin's University in Lacey following practice. The team will spend two night in the city south of Tacoma before returning to campus on Sunday evening.