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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/15/2006
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/16/2006
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

 

Radio Quotes-

“Chase (Budinger) came out and played the way he needs to play all the time. He reminds me a lot of Sean Elliot in the way he executes on offense. He’ll take the open shot but if there is someone else open, he will find them. I told him before the game that we need him to be the top scorer on this team. He can’t worry about the juniors or seniors getting the ball all the time, and he needs to step up and score. He continues to do that for us and tonight he shot well and we need him to be that aggressive all the time.”

 

“Mustafa (Shakur) did a great job tonight. He did have some problems at the beginning, but he fixed that in the second half and shot really well. I liked how he made it difficult for their point guard to score points. NAU has some really good three point shooters. They all know how to play and how to shoot, but Mustafa did a great job of defending them.”

 

Jordan Hill did a great job off the bench; he has great range. We need to get him as much time as we can especially since Kirk (Walters) is out with Mononucleosis. That’s going to be an extended period of time without him, so we will need Hill to step up.”

 

Press Conference Quotes ?-

 “It is really great to be back home with the crowd. They did a great job of supporting the team. It was fabulous form my standpoint to come out and see all the students.  I think that is so important to us and we worked really hard to get them in those seats. It only took us 21 years to get them and we don’t want something to happen that would cause us to lose (the student seats).”

 

“NAU had some really good shooters and they did a great job of looking up court and getting a good look at the basket. As you can see with (Stephen) Sir, I think he was leading the country in three-point shooting in the country last year. He reminds me of Steve Kerr in terms of how quickly he can get the shot off and the range that he has. He’s very good, but they have a lot of guys that if you’re not on them, they will shoot the ball as well.”

 

“Mustafa did a great job of making it difficult for their point guard to get the ball into a good operational zone. In the second half I thought he played outstanding. He was only two rebounds away form a triple-double.”

 

“You can see why we are excited about Jordan Hill’s potential. He is very quick and makes it tough for other players to get to the basket and take shots. The good thing with him is that he wants to learn and to be a player and work hard.”

 

“Chase was the player that he needs to be each time out. He has a great ability to put the ball in the basket and he sees the floor really well. He was much more aggressive tonight than he has been before.”

 

“I thought the second half we played well; I wasn’t pleased with the first-half. We wanted them to have to battle through screens and the second half I thought we did a much better job of helping when people got trapped and covering all the areas.”

 

“(Mustafa) works so hard and has done such a good job for us all year long. Sometimes I think Mustafa puts too much pressure on himself. In the first half he was trying to do too much, and in the second half he did a good job making great passes and shots. Sometimes he just tries to do things that end up getting in his way, but in the second half I thought he played near perfect.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Freshman F Chase Buddinger

 

“The coaches told me to play a little bit more aggressively today.  Tonight, I just took the open shots.”

 

“I felt good, even after that first shot.  It felt solid and that lasted throughout the game.  From there, my teammates kept finding me and getting me open for more shots.”

 

Senior G Mustafa Shakur

 

“NAU was what we expected, a well-coached team that plays hard.”

 

On Chase Buddinger’s performance:

“He was unbelievable.  It just makes my job and everybody else’s job easy.”

 

“[In the second half], we wanted to pick it up defensively and come out with more energy.”

 

On freshman F Jordan Hill:

“He’d see time regardless [of whether or not Kirk Walters was out], because his athleticism is off the charts.  Having older guys around him he can learn from them and only get better.”

 

Sophomore F Marcus Williams

 

On Chase Buddinger’s performance:

“He played great.  When you’re feeling it, you’re feeling it.  It’s just great to see a young guy have a solid game like he did tonight.”

 

Senior F Ivan Radenovic

 

On freshman F Jordan Hill:

“He’s a good defender, a shot blocker, and he catches the ball well under the basket.  He learns quickly, which makes it easier for us with him.”

 

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