Lorenzo Romar speaks about Kentucky

May, 25, 2010
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Washington coach Lorenzo Romar saw Kentucky sign two recruits -- Terrence Jones and Enes Kanter -- previously committed to the Huskies, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have respect for the Wildcats program.

In an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle on Friday, Romar didn't use the opportunity to criticize John Calipari. Rather, he compared Jones to a groom at the altar with "cold feet" and reiterated that Kanter had not yet achieved a qualifying test score at the time of his commitment.

Romar also compared John Calipari's program to the one he saw during Michigan's Fab Five era:
When you look right now, this reminds me of the era of the Fab Five when the Fab Five came in, although the Fab Five, they went to the championship game two consecutive years. People about forget that. But I remember being an assistant going out on the road recruiting, and the top guys all were excited about Michigan because they saw how much notoriety they were getting. They were always on television. They were a little different. They had the baggy shorts. They were in vogue. They were the happening program at the time. It was fun.

I remember one of the guys that we were recruiting went on a visit to Michigan and got to hang out with those guys and just came back saying, 'Wow this is the greatest. These guys were down to earth,' and they saw those guys were in college a couple of years -- a guy like Chris Webber -- and they were out. And they were being recruited that way. You can come here, play a couple of years, and you can go on to the NBA and they were the flavor of the month at that time. And that reminds me of what's going on there now. You have to admit, they've been on television quite a bit. You always see them. Their coach, Calipari, is always in the news. He has an NBA background. They just had five guys go to the NBA, several after one year. So that's the appeal. Not to mention that all their games sell out and there's 24,000 people there. It sounds like I'm a recruiter for them maybe, but I'm not.

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