Coach Lorenzo Romar said today that he believes his current team has more potential than he saw in last season's Sweet 16 team at this time last year.
More than that, he seems to feel that he's finally assembled the kind of team that can play what he wants Husky basketball to be.
Here's the way he put it today:
"This is kind of our third generation team. First generation: Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson and that era. Second generation: Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon and all those guys, Quincy Pondexter. Now this is going into a third era, generation, whatever you want to call it. And it’s taken us this long to get our team kind of the way we want to have it.
"Now, I think we have shooters, we have size, we have quickness, we have playmakers, we have athletes that can go out and defend. We have a group of veterans. So across the board it’s starting to shape more like what we wanted it to be shaped like."
Romar said that in the context of a press conference to discuss last week's signing of 6-5 guard Terrence Ross. And Romar made clear that Ross -- along with big guards C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs -- is part of what makes this team look more like the West Virginia and UConn teams that had eliminated his Huskies in earlier NCAA tournaments.
"One of the thing that is important to us is to become a better outside-shooting team," he said. "And Terrence Ross definitely provides that. But again, not limited to just standing around shooting threes. He’s active. He goes to the boards, you’ve got to box him out. I think he’ll be a tremendous defensive player. You look at a C.J. or a Scott Suggs – guys who have size that can shoot the ball – you add Terrence Ross, now you’re starting to put together a team that resembles some of the teams that we’ve played in that you’re a lot more difficult to guard in that you can’t concentrate just on one guy."