Basketball coach Lorenzo Romar said today that any team discipline against junior forward Artem Wallace for his role in a Seattle hit-and-run case will take place behind the scenes.
Romar said that means Wallace will not be kept out of any "regular season games," leaving open the possibility that Wallace could be held out of the Huskies' season-opening exhibition game.
Wallace had been investigated by Seattle Police regarding his involvement in a hit-and-run incident in West Seattle's Alki neighborhood last May.
Police eventually decided to pursue hit-and-run and negligent driving charges only against the driver of the vehicle in which Wallace was a passenger.
However, that left open the possibility for internal disciplinary measures by the team.
Last season, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound center started seven of 31 games and averaged 2.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 11.3 minutes. He seemed to come on especially toward the end of the year, when he became a powerful compliment to Jon Brockman along the Huskies' front line and started showing more offensive skill around the basket.
Romar has long touted Wallace's upside potential, and he projects as a key part of the solution in filling the hole left by Spencer Hawes' departure to the NBA.
Meanwhile, Romar also said that it is not yet known if incoming freshman point guard Venoy Overton of Franklin High School will qualify academically for the coming season. The other three recruits -- forwards Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Darnell Gant and Justin Holiday -- seem safely onboard. And Isaiah Thomas of Tacoma maintains that he will join the Huskies in 2008.