Head Coach Bob Huggins Quotes

Men's Basketball Coach Bob Huggins

On the first week on practice...
"They're trying and I think that they have bought in. Actually, I kind of think that they enjoy the way that we're playing. They've been doing fine and I don't have any complaints."

On a comfort zone at practice...
"I don't know if you ever fall into a comfort zone. It's hard, and it's hard to work for that hard and that long.  They've been fine, but we have to keep bumping it up. There is a lot of things that we can still do that is effort related. But certainty we can't do everything at once. 

On the expectations for returning players...
"I didn't really have any expectations for the players.  I don't go in with preconceived expectations for anybody. I want to play the best guys. I want to play the guys that give us the best chance to win."

On who has impressed him the most thus far...
"Probably just from a work stand point, from day one until now, Cartier (Martin).  Cartier has really worked hard. He has really tried to be a leader. He's been real good. Dave's (Hoskins) been good, but not as consistent as Cartier has been."

On Cartier Martin...
"Cartier really shoots it; he's really got a great touch.  We are trying to get him to work on creating his own shot. That's an area that he really needs to work on, but he's working hard at it."

On Lance Harris...
"The last three or four days Lance has been working hard.  Lance kind of gets in a comfort zone. We kind of have to push him out of that comfort zone sometimes. I think he has really responded the last couple of days. Now the battle is to get him going. I think,  athletically, he is probably our best guy. He's shot the ball pretty well and he's shot it pretty consistently. He can really be a good defender because of his athleticism, but we have to continue to get him out of that comfort zone and have to have him work a little harder."

On Clent Stewart's status after surgery...
"I think he pretty much went the whole deal yesterday. We're trying to get Blake (Young) and Jermaine (Maybank) a lot of reps at point.  Clent's played some point and he's played some off-guard because we have three guys there. Cartier and Dave pretty much never come out, so Clent's not getting that many reps, so we're kind of easing him in that way."

On the team's defense...
"They've been trying hard. It's a lot easier to coach defense than it is offense, because you can see the results. It is so much effort related. We haven't figured out angles yet, and angles are very important."

On the battles at practice...
"Cartier and Dave are always on the floor, they have been our most consistent guys. Jermaine and Blake are battling each other everyday. Lance and Akeem battle each everyday. And inside they just fall over each other everyday. They just bang into each other."

On his excitement on the up coming season...
"Not as anxious as other people are. I like to have a little time to get ready. We have the next couple weekends when we get to play somebody other than ourselves. That will certainly help. Then we can watch the film to break it down and show them what they need to work on."

On if things have changed since being away...
"I'm not very smart, I kind of have a tendency to do what I know. I don't think that it was much different. It is from the standpoint that, for along time, I always had somebody there that knew what was going on in my sixteen years at Cincinnati, well fifteen years at Cincinnati, because the first one the they didn't know what was going on. Four years at Akron, the first year they didn't know what was going on the other four they did. It kind of helps get people where they need to go and explain some things." 

On the team's post play...
"Darren Kent has been out for maybe a week with an ankle sprain, same ankle that he's injured before and he's a week or so away from coming back. Basically, it's been those other three guys, and we've kept Cartier with the frontcourt guys, but we may well end up playing him at four. We really want to keep him on the perimeter. He really needs to learn to play in the perimeter if he's going to have a future in this game. We are going to have to play him there a little, just so he knows what he's doing and so he knows how to guard in there."