The Huskies finished their tour of Greece with a 2-3 record, but obviously that wasn't the point of this trip and, of course, losing to Peristeri shouldn't dent their RPI much.
The value that Lorenzo Romar stressed before and after was the bonding experience for his post-Hawes team.
And the best thing I heard from the tour was the performance of Tim Morris. You will hear Romar say a thousand times that the team didn't slow down last season because of Spencer Hawes, they slowed down because the guards couldn't dictate the tempo on either end of the court. Adding Morris and the now healthy Joel Smith into the remaining guard corps strikes me as the biggest cause for optimism about the coming season.
Here's the story that will show up in our Wednesday paper:
The Washington Huskies are coming home from their five-game tour of Greece with two wins, three losses and what coach Lorenzo Romar considers an invaluable bonding experience.
"We got to be together on and off the court," Romar said though a university news release. "Whenever you play together you gain something. It's given us coaches, going into this season, a pretty good idea of what we've got, obviously not counting the (true freshmen, who were not allowed to travel). A guy like Tim Morris just stepped up and played his tail off. … I think we can count on him going into the season."
Over the five games, junior forward Jon Brockman led the Huskies with an average of 18.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. Morris, a transfer guard, was UW's second-leading scorer with a 12.8-point average. Next was sophomore forward Quincy Pondexter who averaged 11.6 points and also was the No. 2 rebounder (5.8 rpg).
Washington opened the tour Thursday with a 93-81 win over Ment, 93-81. That was followed by an 87-82 loss at Iraklis on Friday, a 74-73 loss at Trikala on Saturday, a 103-100 win at Peristeri on Monday, and the tour-ending 93-85 loss at Daphni on Tuesday.
The Huskies are scheduled to return home Thursday night.
They will begin their 2007-08 season Nov. 5 in an exhibition against Seattle Pacific at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.