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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/9/2005
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Release: 11/10/2005
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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

“This was a good opportunity to see a lot of players on the court and what they can do. There were 12 guys with about 11 minutes of playing time and three with over 20 (minutes).”

 

“We did well tonight considering we had to deal with a full court press the full first half. We did well denying the ball and getting our shots down.  However, there are some pretty glaring errors that we will have to look at on tape tomorrow.”

 

“(Marcus) Williams played well at both ends and I was happy with (Mustafa) Shakur’s ability to move the ball tonight.”

 

“I said at the beginning of practice that Daniel Dillon was the most improved from the end of last season. Defensively, he is or best player but he still needs to be more active with his hands when the shooter goes up for a shot. He did really well getting back down the court on defense tonight.”

 

“This was a good chance to see the guys in action and that’s what you want out of an exhibition game. Everyone played and had a lot of breaks, but with the full court press, everyone also got a good workout.”

 

“It’ll get to the point where it is going to be difficult to play more than 10 players a game. But with the depth of this team, it will be hard for anyone to go five or six minutes without a break.”

 

“The team puts a lot of effort forth during practice. As you can see we have a lot of depth and we are in excellent shape from defending the full court press every day.”

 

On the play of J.P. Prince:

 

“J.P is a pass first guy. At 6-foot-6, he can surely find the guys to pass to so he needs to work on penetrating the ball in the 15-foot area. J.P has a great ability to play the game, the sky is the limit for him.”

 

“We played Mustafa and J.P together towards the end of the game. They played really well together and he has potential at the second guard position.”

 

“This is a really good group f guys; very coach able. The chemistry of the team is great and everyone was pulling for each other from the bench. The guys actually got on me about not letting (David) Bagga in earlier than I did.”

 

“The new student section is great. It’s great for them to be able to stand up the whole time, supporting their team without anyone yelling at them. They have great pride in Arizona basketball and I think they have an effect on the turnout of the game, they will be a great advantage to us this season.”

 

 

Player Quotes

 

Arizona Senior G Hassan Adams

 

“I’m just out there having fun and trying to get into a [shooting] rhythm.  My confidence has skyrocketed because my team and my coaches believe in me.  That’s all I need.”

 

“[Marcus Williams] can play.  I just try to help keep his confidence up.  I just want to make sure that he and the rest of the freshmen are relaxed and confident out there.”

 

“I love [our new student section], and it’s exactly what we need.  Our fans and students are great, and it’s great to set up a nice fan base from the students.  I know when I go to the football games our student section is always live. We need that boost from them out there.”

 

Arizona Junior G Mustafa Shakur

 

“I had a lot of fun tonight.  The rest of the usual starters and I didn’t play a lot, but it was good opportunity to evaluate the bench and freshmen guys.”

 

“The fans had a lot of energy tonight.  Hearing them yelling and getting under the other team’s skin just makes it more fun for us.”

 

Arizona Senior G Chris Rodgers

 

“Our coaching staff has done a nice job with our new defensive and offensive systems, and that showed tonight.”

 

“Our new offense is essentially more ball movement and back screening to free up the posts.  I thought our guys did a good job of moving the ball and finding the open guys tonight.”

 

“I got some open looks, which is a credit to my teammates.  I just got open and they found me.”

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