Huskies Insider Blog

UW unsure if Suggs will play this weekend

>Lorenzo Romar said Scott Suggs suffered a concussion Tuesday night and is "day to day." Romar said Suggs is doing better, but they need to check him after the travel (Washington flies out today and will have a shootaround at the Mohegan Sun on Friday). If Suggs does not play Saturday against Seton Hall here in Connecticut, which would obviously be a major issue for Washington, Romar said Andrew Andrews will start.

> Romar also made his first comments on recruit Darin Johnson who signed his national letter of intent Wednesday to play for Washington starting in 2013. Johnson is a lanky guard/wing (stop me if you've heard that about a UW recruit before). He's 6-4, 195 pounds and out of Sacramento. Johnson is a three-star prospect according to Rivals. Romar said he is "fired up" about Johnson's commitment. "Physically, he's ready to go right now. Aggressive, strong, slasher going to the basket."

> Romar also said, "We anticipate, this will not be the last letter that is signed." Said he's not sure how many LOIs in addition to Johnson.

> Romar said he could talk about the "one" letter they've received so far, obviously meaning they don't have Nigel Williams-Goss' paperwork yet. William-Goss is a four-star point guard from Findlay Prep who verbally committed to Washington and is expected to sign during this early signing period (Nov. 14- 21).

> Romar says he's never seen play continue that long with a player down like Suggs was. I'd agree with him. They went all the way up the floor and Suggs was clearly very hurt in the middle of the floor. I was stunned there was no stoppage in play until after a charge was called at the other end.

> Romar says playing without Suggs was a big loss, but they should have played better at home. "What we were able to control, we didn't control." He also said Suggs being out, along with the temporary loss of Desmond Simmons in the first half when Simmons was cut over his right eye, put guys in odd positions, which, at times, left them confused about the proper spots to go to on offense.

> Washington again is dealing with an early-season loss to an opponent it clearly has more talent than. Romar said the team bounced back "great" this morning in practice. "Are we accepting what happened? Absolutely not. But that game does not, will not, define our season."

> Romar says he may have confused his guys when trying to get them to shift how they defended ball screens throughout the game. By the end, they were supposed to hedge then recover. But they continually stayed too long with the ball and the opposition's screening big men received multiple open dives to the basket.

> Romar says they continue to talk to C.J. Wilcox about getting to the FT line. He has zero attempts in two games.

> Romar: "To me, (Abdul) started breaking out when we started practicing for the foreign tour." Gaddy is tied with Wilcox for the team scoring lead at 16.5 points per game.

> Romar said he thinks shot selection will improve.

> Romar said Andrews is one of the rare freshmen who are unfazed by big circumstances.