When the Huskies reported to camp, basketball coach Lorenzo Romar said he had an idea of three likely starters.
Today, he named a fourth: Point guard Abdul Gaddy of Tacoma will join Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday and Matthew Bryan-Amaning on the floor Saturday when UW makes its 2010-11 debut with a home exhibition game against St. Martin’s University.
“I never doubted that at all,” Gaddy said before practice Tuesday. “… I kind of expected it of myself. I feel like I’m playing a lot better. I stepped up my game a lot and I’m ready to go out and play.” Gaddy, a sophomore from Bellarmine Prep, started 29 games last season. However, an expected challenge from senior Venoy Overton hasn’t materialized because of a hamstring injury that will keep Overton out of full practices until next week.
“I know Abdul has played really well,” Romar said. “He’s been playing pretty consistently. He’s an improved player from last year. Whenever Venoy is in the game he’s going to create havoc for the opposition. Whenever Abdul is in there he’s going to make sure we run offense, make sure we get good shots, take care of the basketball, things of that nature.”
Romar said the fifth starter will be determined by what style of team he wants for the opening minutes.
“I think where we’re at now is: Do we go big or do we go small – to begin the game, because throughout the game we’ll do both,” he said. “… We play a team with a huge front line, we’ll probably be bigger. If we play a quick, smaller team that has a very versatile lineup with four or five ball handlers on the floor, we’ll probably go small.”