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 hit hard by the flu bug. Through the first three practices, he had several sessions that had only seven able-bodies available.
"We were able to practice on Saturday," said Romar, in his eighth season as the Huskies' head man. "But we haven't been able to have a full practice because of a breakout of the flu. Half the team has had the flu so we haven't been able to really get after it."
Darnell Gant was the first to go down, first reporting symptoms on Saturday early morning and soon to follow were others. Those who were sick were told to stay home so not to spread the flu, but by that time it was too late.
On Tuesday, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Tyreese Breshers were each sporting masks to help prevent the spread of germs. MBA was even conducting interviews with hesitant media members, causing the Associated Press' Greg Bell to comment it was the first interview he had ever conducted with someone in a surgical mask.
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.
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 -- and the same goes for 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, Matt Fletcher and Zane Potter and said if he could find a group like that again, he would be elated.