Forward Perris Blackwell, a transfer from San Francisco, will make his UW debut by starting Wednesday night’s home exhibition against Central Washington.
Usually Lorenzo Romar chooses the starting lineup for his annual preseason exhibition game as rewards for being the team’s top rebounders in practices.
This time he’s going with his five best, most-complete players.
The coach announced this afternoon that Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox, Nigel Williams-Goss, Jernard Jarreau and Perris Blackwell will start Wednesday at 7 p.m. when the Huskies begin Romar’s 12th season with an exhibition against Division-II Central Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena.
I expect that to be Washington’s starting lineup for the season opener, too, Sunday at 7 p.m. at home against Seattle University.
"I think that group is pretty versatile," Romar said. "They pretty much all guard (defensively). That group is also versatile offensively. That group can do both; they can do things on the offensive end and the defensive end."
Andrews and Williams-Goss, the McDonald’s All-American freshman from the Portland area by way of Findlay Prep in Las Vegas whom I profiled here http://www.gohuskies.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209294980&DB_OEM_ID=30200, are point guards. Wilcox is a slashing, outside-shooting guard.
Jarreau, a 6-10 sophomore who grew seven inches in high school and thus still has guard-like handling skills, will often operate at the foul line in UW’s high-post, halfcourt offense.
Blackwell, now eligible after sitting out a year transferring from San Francisco, has wowed coaches and teammates with an array of inside scoring moves that the Huskies have lacked for years.
This is no ho-hum exhibition for Blackwell.
"Oh, I’m excited," he said of his first game since March 2012.
The lineup has forward Desmond Simmons again as the Huskies’ energy and intangibles man off the bench.
"He provides a lot of energy. He’s a junkyard dog, we know that. Can’t have enough of those guys," Romar said.
The coach said, as he did throughout last season when Simmons often was his sixth man, that the steadying junior is not necessarily destined for that role all year. Romar then reminded that Dennis Rodman “is one of the greatest power forward to ever play the game,” and that he usually did not start for the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls or San Antonio Spurs.
The Huskies are coming off a scrimmage at the University of Portland on Saturday in which Romar used various player and strategic combinations that we may not see all season.
The coach said the team has various bumps and bruises but nothing that is likely to keep anyone out tomorrow night.
As a reminder, I have the first of our exclusive, season-long game chats from courtside tomorrow night at about 6:45 p.m. Pacific time on http://www.gohuskies.com.