The Washington coach worked last summer with Georgia’s star. Will it matter Friday when Washington faces Georgia?
CHARLOTTE — Washington doesnt need much game tape on Georgias leading scorer and rebounder Trey Thompkins.
Thompkins played for Washington coach Lorenzo Romar last summer on the USA select team. Once Georgia popped up on the television screen Selection Sunday, Thompkins popped into Romars head.
I remember him because I had not seen Trey play a lot, Romar said, but was able to watch him play every day and loved his attitude, loved his mobility, his versatility.
Thompkins reciprocated, saying he loved every second of it last summer when he worked with Romar.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning knows it will very much be up to him to slow Thompkins Friday. Hell also have help to do so.
Holiday will draw the athletic Travis Leslie. He works primarily off Georgias beloved flex screen, which brings him chances to score in the post. Leslies bounce also allows him to pull in 7.2 rebounds per game.
He can over the top and try to curl or come on the backside and maybe get a lob or post on the block, Holiday said. After that, he might be coming off a double.
(I need to) make sure I stay between him and the ball. Like we do to keep a guy from catching it. Thats the main thing. Make sure I keep him from catching it, especially close to the basket because hes so explosive.
Thats the same powder-based term Georgia coach Mark Fox used to describe Washington’s offense, keeping the kudos-to-all mantra that comes the day before tournament games. Keep in mind this is the same day Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina coach Roy Williams described their fear of overmatched opponents.
Fox largely dismissed his time at Washington. He was a graduate assistant then an assistant from 1991-93 under Lynn Nance. Washington was not good then and Fox explained the commitment to basketball at the university has changed.
Theres probably a far greater importance and emphasis on basketball at UW than there was when I was there, Fox said. When I was there, you know, we didnt win a lot of games.
Washington hopes to add another loss to his resume Friday night.