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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/4/2006
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Release: 11/04/2006
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

Radio Quotes-

“Like I have said, we needed to get some outside competition to see where we are at. Overall we did a good job of running the fast break and getting the ball down the floor. (Team Georgia) is really big and they killed us on the boards during the second half, but that was due to us putting four guards on the floor at the same time.”

 

“I thought Fendi Onobun did a very good job. He has great strength and good hands. When he comes in to the game and rebounds the way he does, people should not reach in to get the ball and if they do they should have to pay the price. He had some problems with this today.”

 

“The freshmen showed improvement today. I was very impressed with Jordan Hill’s quickness. He gives us a shot that we would not normally have underneath the basket. He’s not quite solid in his position yet, but he goes up hard on the glass.”

 

“(Chase Budinger) has great body contact with his defender. He has the ability to take charge and to use his other hand when needed. We need to have more (points) on the boards from him though; he took a lot of shots from the perimeter.”

 

“Mustafa (Shakur) works so hard, and the more you work the better you get. He could have had a triple double today; he was that consistent in all aspects of his game.”

 

“Jawann (McClellan) played well. He had more turnovers than I like to see, but he hasn’t played consistently for a couple of years, so he needs time to adjust and get back into it.”

 

“We have to do a better job moving the ball. Mustafa is always there and gets the ball around quickly, but we have to have the same quickness from everyone.”

 

“J.P. (Prince) did a very good job screening; he has the ability to be a great player.”

 

Press Conference Quotes ?-

“The first thing I said was that we needed to see our guys against other players. The Defense needs some work, we gave away a lot of second chance points, but then I think some of that had to do with the fact we were playing four guards at one time in the second half.”

 

“We missed a lot of early shots, but as the game progressed, we knocked a lot more down.”

 

“One thing I saw was Fendi (Onobun’s) ability to get up on the glass. He needs to bee more aggressive when he brings the ball down (off a rebound) because people should not be willing to reach in like they did with him toady. He had his elbows in, not out where they should be, that’s why people stole from him.”

 

 

“One of the things we wanted to do was to get enough minutes to better evaluate how (the team) plays.”

 

“I was not pleased with Nick Wise the first half because he was not taking shots from his point guard position. The second half he was much more aggressive at getting the ball and taking better shots.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior Guard Mustafa Shakur

 

“We tried to execute offensively the way we’ve been practicing all week.  We wanted to come out and [improve] upon last week’s performance.”

 

On the four-guard lineup Arizona used in part of the second half:

“It’s like heaven for a point guard because everybody on the court can shoot.”

 

“Offensively, I’m trying to pick up from where I left off last year against Wisconsin.  If I’m open, I’m going to try to shoot.”

 

Freshman Guard Nic Wise

 

“[Shakur] has been the main reason I’ve been playing well.  He’s really taken me under his wing.”


“When Coach [Olson] gave me more playing time, I had to take advantage of the opportunity.  Even though he sees us in practice everyday, it’s nice to do something in a game situation.”

 

Freshman Forward Chase Budinger

 

“My shot feels good, but it’s not going down.  It’s frustrating.  If you’re having off days, you have to go to the basket, and that’s what I tried to do.”

 

Junior Guard Jawann McClelland

 

“I thought the game went well.  When we got ahead, our freshmen stepped up and showed that they’re the future of the program.  Everyone played well.”

 

On his stellar shooting performance:

“It’s the first game, and hopefully it keeps going.  Hopefully I can keep the touch throughout the season.”

 

On Chase Budinger’s performance:

“He’s one of those players who always finds the right spot on the court.  He used his athleticism today to attack the hole.”
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