Isaiah Thomas quietly moved past Jon Brockman for the UW basketball team's scoring lead on Thursday. (Here's my story from our Saturday paper.)
Thomas -- who is averaging 20.5 points since Pacific-10 Conference play began -- is now averaging 16.2 points for the season, while Brockman is averaging 15.8.
After practice today on the Oregon State campus, both players said they didn't even know about the change in the scoring column, which Brockman had topped all season and all of last season.
However, Thomas' recent play raises yet another interesting question: Is he making the most impact of any freshman of the Romar era? The chief competition would be center Spencer Hawes, who holds the current UW freshman record of 461 points (14.9 average) in his one-and-done 2006-07 season. (Brockman averaged 8.4 points and 6.5 rebounds as a freshman in 2004-05.)
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Lorenzo Romar: "(Thomas is) making a case for it. … He might be because he's not been injured or sick. If Spencer had been healthy the entire time, it might have been a different story. But Spencer played four, five, six games where he was either sick of hobbled by something. That being the case, Isiah's been pretty healthy, so he's having a pretty good impact."
Brockman: "That's a tough one. It's tough because they're two competely different players. Spencer did a great job of coming in and just being a presence down low. He did a lot of things, passing, a lot of things. Isaiah has done a great job of coming in and leading the team – taking the ball in his hands and saying 'All right, I'm going to be in control' and get the ball in the right spots. I don't think I could say."
Thomas: "That's exciting to hear."
Otherwise, there was only minor injury news from today's meeting with coaches and players after practice at Gill Coliseum.
Romar said guard Elston Turner is possible for the 7 p.m. Saturday game with the Beavers. Darnell Gant suffered something like a stinger last night in Oregon, but is expected to start Saturday. And Brockman said he continues to feel his own sprained ankle and doubts that it will ever make it back to 100 percent during the grind of this season.