(1090 The Fan) – With the Washington Husky men’s basketball team mired in a three-game losing streak and facing two huge home games this week against the Arizona schools, some are wondering why coach Lorenzo Romar isn’t starting his five best players.

Redshirt freshman guard Andrew Andrews played well in the Huskies recent road trip to his home state of Oregon.  The man from Benson Tech in Portland was called in early against the Ducks when senior point guard Abdul Gaddy was clearly struggling with his passing and shot.

Asked at this week’s media session whether Andrews might start against Arizona, coach Romar replied, “Why would I do that now?”  Pointing out Andrews is already playing 27 minutes per game, and sometimes on the floor with Gaddy, Romar said Andrews might be a starter later this season.

There plenty of reasons for Washington’s recent struggles after a 4-and-oh Pac12 start.  Desmond Simmons is defending and rebounding well, but can’t throw the ball into Puget Sound lately. Scott Suggs has been inconsistent with his outside shot.

In our visit this week on 1090TheFan’s Steve Sandmeyer show, Andrews said he has tried to remain calm and poised when given the opportunity to run Washington’s offense.  At the same time he has showed the energy and bulldog mentality which appears to be sorely lacking for the Huskies this season.

There have been times Andrews has reverted into his prep basketball scorer’s mentality and forced some wild shots. At the same time he can be a catalyst for a stagnant Washington offense.

With UW in desperate need of a signature victory over 8th ranked Arizona, I think it’s time to give Andrews a shot in the starting 5.  Washington hosts the Wildcats at 6 o’clock tonight on ESPN television.

-Bill Swartz, 1090 The Fan


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