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Pepperdine Prepared To Wait It Out After Starting 1-8 This Season, 1997-98 Year Could Be Dandy

Things haven’t started too well, but watch a practice at Pepperdine and you know first-year coach Lorenzo Romar, the former UCLA assistant, has got something going here.

Last season’s leading scorer, guard Gerald Brown, hurt his knee in March and is redshirting, so with Jelani Gardner and omm’A Givens, he provides the Waves (1-8) with one of the best scout teams in America.

Junior forward Bryan Hill, Pepperdine’s leading scorer this season, said the team can’t allow itself to think about how good it can be next year.

“That’s where problems come, when you start looking into the future,” Hill said. “We still have 20-something-odd games to play now. I mean, we don’t want to just throw these games away so we can get to next season. We’re trying to make it to the tournament this year and keep building on it for the years to come.”

The Waves travel to Gonzaga on Jan. 25 and play host to the Bulldogs on Jan. 31.

Said Gardner: “This team could be incredible next year. We’ve got tons of talent, and Bryan Hill is definitely a big-time player. The thing about it, we’re all pretty much older than most teams. Me and omm’A are supposed to be seniors, Gerald has a year back, he was supposed to graduate.”


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