Kansas State Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

 

On the team’s defense...

 

“I think it’s been consistently good for a while. Early on we tried to play some zone and forgot to go guard the shooters, and they had two guys step up and make shots. You can’t forget to guard the shooters in a zone, but that’s more on me because we rarely play zone that early in the game. We had to figure out a way where at least defensively we didn’t exhaust our guards because we were shorthanded at the guard spot. I thought we played halfway decent defense until about nine minutes left in the game before we started fouling again. That’s a habit that we have to break as a team, because in order to defend, we have to be sharp every minute we are on the floor. We can’t play the score, can’t play the opponent, we’ve got to make sure we stay sharp.”

 

On Jamar Samuels...

 

“Jamar is going through some of the same growth spurts that all freshmen go through as far as understanding the things that need to be done. One advantage that he has from being in practice last year is that he has a better understanding from day one. He makes up for a lot of mistakes that he makes through his effort and enthusiasm. As he continues to grow where he doesn’t make the little mistakes that he’s making, he’ll just keep blossoming. Offensively, I thought he played a lot better in the second half than the first half because he worked the interior of the zone and he didn’t just stand. He found the openings and put guys in angle situations that created passing lanes, which is what you have to do against the zone.”

 

On the team’s three-point shooting...

 

“We played against a zone, and when you play against a tight zone, a zone that is determined to take away our interior, you are going to have to make some jump shots. We made some early, we missed a bunch of good ones in the middle and then we made some again late. I’d like it to be a little more consistent, a little less streaky than it was, but I thought we took good shots.”

 

On Fred Brown...

 

“Fred’s grown so much on the defensive side of the ball. Shooting the ball is not an issue for him, playing offensive basketball is not an issue for him. He has an unbelievable ability to find shots when he is in the game. There are some guys that you can run offense for all game and they can’t get a shot off. You don’t need to run offense for Fred because he’s going to find the shots and he has this inner toughness about him that he’s not scared to go make a play. Where he had to really grow as a player is on the defensive side. When you’re a two-three zone team or a soft man-to-man team, your learning curve isn’t as steep as it is when you play the way we play. Fred has grown in his understanding and the way he approaches (defense) and the way he competes on that side of the floor.”