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20070320 Lute Olson Season Wrap-Up Press Conference Quotes(2)
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Release: 03/20/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><A name=OLE_LINK5></A><A name=OLE_LINK4></A><A name=OLE_LINK3></A><A name=OLE_LINK2></A><A name=OLE_LINK1></A><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">March 19, 2007<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Opening Statement<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In looking back at the season, there were certainly some ups and downs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The main thing is that we kept the streak of 20-win seasons alive (20, longest in the nation) and kept the streak of 23 consecutive NCAA (Tournament) appearances (also longest in the nation).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We played well enough to win 20 games and we played poorly enough to lose (11) games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was disappointing in a lot of ways, but I think there are a lot schools that would probably be excited to finish in a tie for third place in what&rsquo;s proving to be one of the toughest conferences in the country.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A lot of people are happy to get in the NCAA Tournament, so it was nice to have had that opportunity.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In terms of looking back at that game, there were a lot of opportunities when we got the score down to two and four points, but did not have the capability, as we had in our final five road games in the Pac-10, to finish the game off.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But I think it was pretty obvious in watching Purdue against <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florida</st1:place></st1:State> that (Purdue) was a pretty good basketball team.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I had an opportunity to watch the Pac-10 teams and I thought the teams played really well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As I said before the tournament, I thought the way our officials worked the games during the season was beneficial to our teams playing the in the NCAA (Tournament) because the games were called very similarly, very physical, with the way they are called in the NCAA Tournament.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Beyond that, Ivan (Radenovic) has had an invitation to play in the (National Association of Basketball Coaches) East-West (All-Star) Game, which will be held Friday evening (March 30) at 7:30 (EDT) in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Atlanta</st1:place></st1:City> during the Final Four.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s excited about having that opportunity.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Also, Chase (Budinger) has been invited to try out for the U.S. Under-19 Team that will have tryouts in July and then the team that will be selected will play in the Global Games in <st1:City w:st="on">Dallas</st1:City> and go on and play in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Serbia</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;ll be given an opportunity to make that team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think it would be a great experience for him.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Mohamed (Tangara) has had an invitation to play with the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mali</st1:place></st1:country-region> national team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We just sent our acceptance of that back this morning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;ll go back there sometime in the latter part of July and the competition will be in August.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Otherwise, the rest of the guys will be attending summer school here.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There will be some that we&rsquo;ll want to remain here for the entire summer.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One of those is <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39544"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39544">Kirk Walters</A></A>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Another is <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> because we need to continue to work on their strength, and hopefully, by that time Kirk will be cleared to work out the way we want him to work out.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When will you find out about his redshirt situation?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It will be submitted now that the season is over.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think (a decision can be expected) sometime in June.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s just a severe case of mono.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hopefully, by the time we get to the middle of May he would be ready to workout without problems.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">You&rsquo;ve had long seasons before, but this season started in mid-August.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Was it a long season for you?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Oh yes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We had 10 practices before we went to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Vancouver</st1:City></st1:place> (Sept. 1-4).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When we came back, they had individual workouts and weights until the start of practice (Oct. 13).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Basketball to begin with is very long and that made it even longer.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">What about psychologically?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The whole thing is that this has been a great group of young people to work with.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It hasn&rsquo;t been a case of problems in practice or anything else.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They have been a great group of guys...great chemistry.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;d like for it to be that way every year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As I look at it with the experience that we got with the freshmen.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It doesn&rsquo;t make any difference whether you are talking about our freshmen or anyone else&rsquo;s, that was pretty obvious with <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State></st1:place> (on March 18 vs. USC).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As great of a player as (Kevin) Durant is, as good as (Greg) Oden is, they had some of the same things that we had.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The good thing is that freshmen become sophomores and they know a whole lot more about what is expected and what they have to do in the offseason.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This group was a great group to work with.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They&rsquo;ve done a really good job in the classroom.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They&rsquo;ve been great in the community.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There hasn&rsquo;t been anything we&rsquo;ve asked them to do that they haven&rsquo;t done.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think they&rsquo;ve done a great job of representing this program.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Are they disappointed?<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Yes, they are disappointed.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There are 16 teams left and everyone else is disappointed.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Would you do anything differently?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">We met as a staff this morning. As far as planning and everything else, there isn&rsquo;t anything we&rsquo;d change.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I just finished talking with Ivan and he feels that from a player&rsquo;s perspective he wants to know what they could have done to not have this happen.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I said, ?well, that&rsquo;s the way the coaches are feeling.&rsquo;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He said there wasn&rsquo;t anything the staff could have done that they didn&rsquo;t do.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">We&rsquo;re just evaluating how we went about it and what we need to do differently.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The biggest thing is that we need to be stronger and physically more aggressive.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s not anything that we&rsquo;re going to approach any differently.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The way this league is getting now, you have to play physically.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">We&rsquo;re going to continue to work on the physical part of it, but also the mental part, too.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They have to be pushed to the nth degree in everything they do with weights in the workouts now and in the fall.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There will be a lot more emphasis on developing the one-on-one offensive and defensive skills and less time on shooting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the big guys, you still have to work on footwork, but we&rsquo;ll make better use of the blocking dummies to get them more accustomed to the physical nature of the game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">You can see from watching the games in the playoffs, it continues.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It doesn&rsquo;t matter who you watch, the games are all physical.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s the way they are being called.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s not a game of finesse really any more, it&rsquo;s a game of strength.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Much more physical than it&rsquo;s ever been...a lot more.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If you watched the games through the first two rounds, it&rsquo;s been the most physical I&rsquo;ve seen in my 34 years of coaching or 28 of the last 29 years that I&rsquo;ve had teams in the playoffs.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Talk about <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A>&rsquo;s comments about taking on a leadership role:<BR></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The thing that I like about Jawann is that he is a tough-minded kid and he is tough physically.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think he can add a lot to this team next year just by his attitude toward the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;ll do a good job with his leadership.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s going to be a case, like this year when he was able, he was always tough and hard-nosed.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I had the players go through an evaluation, and the most aggressive was Jawann by a long ways in terms of the voting of his teammates.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>And that&rsquo;s what we need.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s physical, very aggressive and he&rsquo;s accustomed to winning.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The biggest thing now with him is the challenge of making sure he continues working on keeping that weight down in the 205 area and doing the rehab things away from school that he needs to do.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s just something we have to count on from him.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s already planned for being in a situation this summer where he can work out against good people, physical players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We need Jawann&rsquo;s toughness and we need for to inspire others to be tough just like he is.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Can you talk about <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> and his impact on the program?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Mustafa played so well early in the year and then tailed off.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the first half of the season, he played as well as any point guard in the country.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You know, the (NBA) scouts see him all year long, so I&rsquo;m sure it&rsquo;s going to be a case of where the determining factor in terms of where he goes will be in the individual workouts much more so than playing in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Chicago</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">He&rsquo;s been the point guard on four NCAA Tournament teams.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One year to the Elite Eight, one year to the second round where he played really well in both games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As I&rsquo;ve said many times, I&rsquo;ve never had anybody work harder.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That doesn&rsquo;t just include the practices, because I know what he has done in terms of working on his shooting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When he first came in his shot was a tremendous problem, and he&rsquo;s worked hard at straightening that out.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I think this year was a year where they couldn&rsquo;t back off him like they had in the past.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He?s a four-year starter at the point for us.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s not an easy thing to do.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Can you speak to the futures of <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542244"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542244">Nic Wise</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186160"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186160">Fendi Onobun</A></A>?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I told Nic a few weeks ago, ?I bet he feels like Jason Terry felt as a freshman.&rsquo;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Being a freshman is not easy.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s a huge adjustment in every way that it can be.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I though he made great progress during the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s a totally different player than when he first started.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I just talked with Fendi.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He was talking about the first week of practice his freshman year where he thought that we were talking a different language, and just in terms of learning the game, how much he&rsquo;s progress that he&rsquo;s made.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I told Fendi it&rsquo;s all there physically.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He just needs to be much more intense on every ball possession.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has a great body, tremendous hands and great lift.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s worked hard on his shooting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A year ago, he couldn&rsquo;t even drop it right-handed.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Now you can&rsquo;t play him just left or he&rsquo;ll go right on you.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So many of those things you haven&rsquo;t had the opportunity to see in game situations, but we see everyday in practice and so does he.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">If he couldn&rsquo;t play physically, I&rsquo;d tell him.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He just needs to be more intense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has to sprint the court both ways.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has to be on the boards every time the ball is up in the air.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We had a good talk.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The biggest thing is getting them into a position where he can operate in either spot (small forward vs. power forward).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When I look at a guy to become a three-man, like Richard Jefferson, who played inside all the time in high school, I was never worried about it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Richard had the physical ability and quickness to play on the outside.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He just needed to learn the ball-handling skills and all that.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fendi is the same way.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has the quickness to defend people on the perimeter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He needs to intensify what he is doing out there in terms of taking on a challenge.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has as quick a set of feet as Richard has, and Richard has done pretty well with that.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sean Elliott was an inside player playing in the middle of a 2-3 zone when he came here.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So we&rsquo;ve seen that with a lot of guys.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fendi could play either position.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I talked with him about the (Carl) Landry kid from Purdue.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>What makes Landry so good? It&rsquo;s the intensity with which he plays the game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">What are your thoughts on the NBA&rsquo;s 19-year age limit?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I said at the time that went it that it was going to be the worst thing that ever happened.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The high school guys that want to go, you should open the door and send them, if that&rsquo;s what they want to do.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But I think if you look at what happens now, they come out for one year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s wonderful if you have them for one year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Maybe they are a little bit better prepared for what&rsquo;s going to face them, but I would much rather have had it stay the way it was.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Frankly, it has to be tow years or none at all.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Right now, with those freshmen that were involved this year, you can bet that everyone of them was being chased by agents and runners.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It takes a really stable kid and a stable family to deal with that.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Unfortunately, that&rsquo;s not what you are going to find in a lot of cases where a kid is looking at one and done.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I said at the time it was a terrible rule and it&rsquo;s proven to be.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If you asked coaches around the country now would they rather have it the way it is with one year, or none if it&rsquo;s not going to be two.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The great, great majority, and I&rsquo;m saying 80 or 90 percent, would tell you either let them go right out of high school or require two years.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">What can we expect to see from <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> next year?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Chase has been quoted as saying that he wants to be the best college player in the country next year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think that&rsquo;s a realistic possibility.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When I talked to him the other day when we got back about the letter we were holding regarding the USA Basketball Under 19 team tryouts, one of the first questions he asked me was whether he would be able to work on his strength while he was doing this.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s important for all 19-year-old to understand how important physical development is.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>From the beginning of the year until now with Chase, there has been a lot of progress.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As much as he would have liked?<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No, but I don&rsquo;t think he realized coming in what the difference was going to be.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He became much more aggressive as the year went on.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But there were times when he had one really good game and not a very good game or a great first half and not a great second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against Purdue, he had no rebounds in the first half and six in the second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I don&rsquo;t think he suddenly developed rebounding skills at halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If you want to be the best player in the country, there is no time to coast.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The injuries this year really depleted you...<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Yes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jordan (Hill) really should have been a back-up to Kirk.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Is he better right now than he would have been?<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Yes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jawann&rsquo;s situation the last two years has hurt us, but there is nothing you can do about it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You can look at it that it gave Chase a whole lot more minutes this year than he might otherwise have had.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It would have affected Chase or Jordan.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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