Nov. 1, 2009
Head Coach Sean Miller
"Well you know, first of all, the strongest feeling I have today is the incredible atmosphere McKale presents. We didn't do anything to attract that kind of crowd, yet they were there."
"The Red-Blue game is always going to be a big weekend for us. It's the best opportunity for the team to get their feet wet in front of a great, electric crowd."
On the crowd:
"It really shows the specialness of McKale."
"We're getting better. You can see individual plays being made and with some of our younger players, you can really see some talent there. We're making progress, especially defensively."
On switching up the teams:
"It wasn't so much as switching teams or mash-ups as it was giving the players rest. I don't want any one guy out there for more than two hours without rest."
"Nic Wise is our team's most experienced player. It [his injury] allowed some of our younger players to improve more.
On Brendon Lavender:
"To me, he's our team's best shooter."
"MoMo (Jones) has great confidence, a great body and he can make shots. The thing I admire most about him is his great confidence."
"We have a long way to go. Our goal is not to make this year's team the best there is, but more to build up our program. That consistent, daily program process is going to bring out the best in us."
Junior Forward Jamelle Horne
On the comfort level of the team
"For the first game, some of us were more comfortable than others. The young guys did a good job of trying to get me open. Overall, I was pretty impressed with everything that happened today, but we still have a long way to go."
On being the "go-to" guy
"I need to be extremely boisterous, I need to be the vocal leader on the court this year. I need to be the guy to get the guys in and out of the huddle."
On transitions from basket to basket
"The most important thing that our coaches are stressing is to get the ball out of the basket and run. It's huge in the Miller system. We just need to get the ball up the floor even if there is a risk for a turnover. There is a huge emphasis on attacking the defense."
On preparing for the next game
"We'll find on Wednesday how prepared we are. We will be right back at it again tomorrow with film; the film will help us to see what we need to work on. It's hard to play against the same faces for three months - seeing fresh faces you just kind of want to eat them up. For the most part, its just small things we need to change."
Sophomore Guard Garland Judkins
On the level of comfort of the team with the coaches
"It's a totally different feeling out there. The coaches have extreme confidence in everything that we can be and what we are doing. (Coach Miller) has done a great job in leading us."
On playing against Kyle Fogg
"We were all pretty competitive, we were all trying to win. We're a really deep team, we have a lot of young guys, but we have potential to be a pretty scrappy team."
After not playing for a year
"After not playing for - its been a little over a year since I've played in front of a crowd. It was good to be back out there, it's a little different than playing at the rec."
Sophomore Center Alex Jacobson
On Footwork improvements
"Over the summer I worked on my outside shot and back to basket."
Thoughts on Derrick Williams
"Derrick is a lot quicker than I am, I'm slower laterally than he is. He's also more athletic - a lot more athletic than I am. He has a lot of quickness. I think he was aggressive, he did a good job."
On his contribution to the team
"I think I will become a role player, especially on side screens and helping out the younger guys."
On the three post players
"This year we have three post players whereas last year we only had Jordan Hill. We all have a different game - Kyryl (Natyazhko) and Derrick (Williams) can shoot outside, and we all bang inside."