Kansas State Player Quotes

Senior Forward Darren Kent

On the teams second half shooting...

“In the second half, we talked about ball screens and how they were going to double Denis (Clemente) and Jacob (Pullen) and that if we slipped, the shot was going to be there. I think I set a screen and they doubled him so it left me an open shot on the baseline and I knocked it down.”

 

On the team adapting to Frank’s (Martin) attitude...

“We like to get up in team’s faces and press them. I think we have developed and settled into a team that Frank likes. He (Martin) coaches 100 percent at every practice and wants the best out of these players. Everyone has bought into what he is preaching and it’s going well for us.”

 

Junior Guard Buchi Awaji

On adjusting to Coach Martin’s coaching style...

“My teammates helped me throughout the process. Coach Martin is a high intensity coach and I didn’t play with a coach like that in junior college so it was something new to me. He’s on me every day, every possession, because he cares about me.”

 

Sophomore Guard Jacob Pullen

On motivation to avenge earlier season loss to Nebraska...

“We are a different team then we were at that time. We were in our third week of our losing streak. We hadn’t really found ourselves, we were low in confidence. We didn’t believe in ourselves; when they pressed us, we threw the ball away. Since we started a win streak, we’ve been playing more as a team.”

 

On the importance of next game...

“We feel like every game we play now is our life. It’s live or die. We need to get every loose ball, every rebound, everything that we can get, we have to get. It’s not like we’re playing just to play, we’re fighting. It feels like we’re actually fighting teams just to get into the NCAA tournament. After the loss to Missouri, we were fighting every day to control our destiny.”