This is just a God damn embarrassment. And it starts at the top.
What happened to you, Lorenzo Romar? You used to have convictions. You used to be as much of a coach as you are a mentor. Your teams were built around DEFENSE! Your depth guys, as well as your studs, would blossom and grow during their time here! They’d improve from year to year, and from the start of the season to the end.
You’ve sold your soul, Lorenzo Romar. And, for what? Some Blue Chippers? Some 5-star, 1-and-done recruits? You’re going to lose your job over a bunch of players who don’t give two shits about college basketball or the University of Washington?
I get that you can’t compete at a national level if you’re not recruiting at a national level, but you can’t do this half-way and expect to have success! You can’t sign one guy here, two guys there, and surround them with fucking scrubs and expect to win at this level! You need balance! You need talent up and down your lineup! Markelle Fultz can’t fucking do it all! I don’t care if he ends up being the #1 draft pick; I don’t care if he ends up in the Hall of Fame one day! He can’t drag this bloated corpse of a team into the NCAA Tournament, because every single teammate is fucking worthless.
David Crisp: Crap.
Noah Dickerson: Crap.
Matisse Thybulle: Crap.
Sam Timmins: Crap.
Malik Dime: Crap Who Can Block Shots.
Dominic Green: Crap.
I mean, you tell me. You tell me where the help is coming from. Not a damn one of these guys can play defense! Not a damn one of these guys can consistently shoot from the perimeter! Not a damn one of these guys can take over when Fultz has the occasional off-night (and, let’s face it, the more other teams realize that and clamp down even harder on Fultz, the more off-nights he’s going to have with this team).
We’ve been in this rut since Isaiah Thomas left, and it’s never been the same. You’ll recall we brought in Tony Wroten, and thus began our love affair with the one-and-done-ers. Instead of being a coach, being a leader, Lorenzo Romar has just handed the keys to these Freshmen and let them do whatever the fuck they want. Playing defense? That’s not going to get you into The League! Fuck that, just work on your offense and get drafted in the first round!
Lorenzo Romar’s legacy is going to be: got a lot of guys into the NBA, at the expense of the University of Washington. Which, you know, good for the kids, I guess. It’s not like they get paid to play in college anyway, so they might as well get theirs. But, it sucks as a college basketball fan and particularly a fan of the University of Washington.
One of the worst, least-fun Husky basketball teams I’ve ever seen was in 2006-2007, the year after Brandon Roy and the rest of the first-wave of great Romar players left for the NBA. That was the Spencer Hawes year. Hawes did okay for himself, ended up getting drafted in the first round, but the Huskies missed the NCAA Tournament after making it the previous three years. The year after that, the Huskies bottomed out, and it wasn’t until the 2008-2009 season – and the second-wave of great Romar players, led by I.T. – when we finally recovered. Once that wave petered out, we’ve been chasing nothing BUT the Spencer Hawes’ of the world, and we haven’t sniffed a legit post-season berth ever since.
I thought we’d learned our lesson, but I guess not. Hawes is my least-favorite Husky basketball player, tied with every other one-and-done asshole who’s given us false hope only to drag us down into obscurity once again. Fultz is just another in a long line of nobodies. Sure, he’ll make a name for himself in the NBA probably, but he ain’t mean shit to me.
As for Romar, what can you say? I’d really like to see what the 2017-2018 Huskies look like with our incoming class next year, but will it ever happen? And, if it does, is Romar coach-enough to whip these numb-nuts into shape?
I doubt it. I don’t think he has the fire anymore. I don’t think he has the will to enforce any kind of defensive ideology. I think he’s just out there, collecting a paycheck, letting these kids do whatever the fuck they want.
And, I think it’s fucking sad. Early-days Romar wouldn’t have settled for this bullshit we’re watching now. Early-days Romar actually gave a fuck.