Two days away from the exhibition opener Thursday against Western Washington, coach Lorenzo Romar seems to be closing in on an initial starting lineup.
Romar sometimes uses the exhibition game lineup as a reward -- using his best defensive players or rebounders, for example. This season, however, he's interested in getting his actual starters some time together.
This first lineup could be altered a bit by the potential absence of Jon Brockman, who suffered an apparently minor back injury when he fell in practice.
However, he said he expects to start Brockman, Quincy Pondexter, Isaiah Thomas and Justin Dentmon. The other starter could be Darnell Gant or Mathew Bryan-Amaning, perhaps depending on Brockman's availability.
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Romar went out of his way to praise Gant, almost a forgotten man after redshirting last season; and also sophomore Justin Holiday.