SEATTLE — Lessons are piling up for Washington redshirt freshman Andrew Andrews just four games into the season.
Andrews is 4-for-18 from the field after four games and he leads Washington (2-2) in personal fouls.
Those are common bumps for a first-year player.
Andrews fouled out against Seton Hall last Saturday, a game after picking up four fouls during the loss to Albany.
That’s the bad. The good is that Andrews is second on the team to Aziz N’Diaye in free-throw attempts and has a 10-to-6 assist-to-turnover ratio. His aggressiveness has served him well offensively, but he’s yet to harness it defensively. At least in a way that keeps him out of foul trouble.
“Me and (head coach Lorenzo) Romar talked about it a couple times where I’ve picked up a couple ticky-tacks that maybe aren’t a foul,” Andrews said. “But, just because I’m such an aggressive player that the referees may call it early. It’s just something to look out for and see how the refs call the game and see what I can and can’t do.”
Therein lies the trick for basketball newcomers. The majority of Andrews’ fouls are not because he’s reaching, gambling or slapping. They stem from body contact he’s making on driving opposition. In Connecticut, he rarely got away with any contact Saturday. On Sunday, the referees were more lenient.
Plus, he’s getting calls on the other end. The Huskies are using an on-ball, wing screen to exploit his driving ability out of the high-post offense. The Huskies used the same play three consecutive times against Ohio State and its skilled defender, Aaron Craft. Each produced a good look that even Craft took notice.
“When they started going ball-screen, that made it really tough on us,” Craft said after the game.
Andrews arrived at Washington with a high confidence level. Romar says it has not been shaken by shooting 22.2 percent early this season.
“Never any concerns about Andrew’s confidence,” Romar said. “He’s 4-for-18 today, but that will change. He’s not going to continue to shoot that poorly — that will change.”
IN THE ZONE
Washington played three possessions of 2-3 zone against Ohio State during the Huskies’ 77-66 loss in Uncasville, Conn., on Sunday. The Buckeyes easily scored on all three.
Despite that, Romar said the Huskies will play zone more often going forward.
“I think it affords us a chance to play different lineups,” Romar said. “Times in the past we’ve gone zone and weren’t any good at it, we didn’t practice it, were strictly man-to-man, but if we hadn’t gone zone, we wouldn’t have won the game.”
Romar often uses the defensive switch out of a timeout late in the game or in the midst of a run when Washington is trying to climb back into a game.
Romar said the Huskies just have not practiced it enough for it to be effective. They will work on it more this week. It could be an intriguing defense for them considering the top of the zone would be manned by 6-foot-3 Abdul Gaddy and 6-5 C.J. Wilcox, with the bottom patrolled by 6-foot-6 Scott Suggs, 6-foot-10 Jernard Jarreau and 7-foot N’Diaye.
The common detriment for teams playing zone is rebounding problems, which is already an area of concern for Washington.
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