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Romar, Thomas quotes from media day

Here are highlights from the Huskies' segment of Pac-10 media day, today in Los Angeles:

Lorenzo Romar“Well this time is finally here. Seems like it took a long time from our last game until now, but we are ready to get going.”

On being picked first in the media poll: “This hasn’t happened to us since we have been here. We still have 18 Pac-10 games to play and a lot of non-conference games to play. I like our team, but I don’t know if we are ready to win a Pac-10 right now. We havea lot of work to do.”

On the play of sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy: “Abdul has really worked on his shooting. He has worked on his weight a lot. He is quicker, faster and more experienced than he was last year. People may think, so what, he was 17 until January of last year. So what, he is out there playing and he should be able to get things done. But the reality is that he was only 17 years old. He learned a lot, he was only 17 and we will see a much improved Abdul Gaddy this year.”

On where the scoring will come from: “Obviously, Isaiah, in his !rst two years he has scored more points than any other player in the program in their first two seasons. So he obviously is capable of scoring. Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored in double figures in the last two years. I think we have other players that are capable of stepping up. Quincy Pondexter stepped up last year after Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon had departed. So we are hopeful someone else will be able to help Isaiah and Matthew with the scoring and I am pretty confident people will.”

On three players that emerged at the end of last year: “I think that there were three players that made a big impact at the end of the season. One was the emergence of Justin Holliday. He gave us a great spark with defense and he had a lot of the intangibles. Matthew Bryan- Amaning became much more of a defensive presence. And then Isaiah, I think he really matured as a player. He took on the challenge to take on another team’s really good scorer and I think that just carried over to the rest of our team. Because we experienced success that way, I don’t think we will try to do it any other way.”

Junior guard Isaiah Thomas of TacomaOn what he did in the summer: “I worked out with the likes of Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy and I want to follow them to where they are. I spent a lot of the summer working with Jason Terry on my jump shot. And working on becoming quicker, faster, a better defender and my decision making. I learned how and when to take the mid-range shot and when to take it to the hoop.”

On playing as a team: “We just have to put our egos aside and not worry about who is scoring the most points and just win ball games. We have to do whatever it will take to win ballgames and we did that at the end of last year. Once we get the hang of that, we will be really good.”

On working out with Jason Terry: “Actually his father coached me when I was in fourth grade. We have built a great relationship and he helped me a lot with my shot. We were in the gym at 6 a.m. and we worked on making my jump shot consistent.”