Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On what he liked most about the game...

“(I) just like watching young kids that have never played a game of college (basketball) before in front of fans. They have obviously played in front of fans at their junior colleges or high schools, but they have never played a game in front of our fans. Early in the game our offense wasn’t running smooth, and defensively we made some mistakes. They just continued to battle, relax, and just continue to go through that natural maturation process.”

 

On Michael Beasley...

“That’s who we recruited. There is a reason that we worked as hard as we did in recruiting him. Offensively he is a very efficient basketball player.  He understands how to play; he obviously has great hands. You probably won’t believe me, but he didn’t shoot it well today compared to the way he usually shoots the ball. The thing I am most happy about is his desire to learn how to play defensively the way we want to play. That’s what excites me about coaching him because he is not into his numbers; he’s not into anything but winning.”

 

On the way he wants to see his defense perform...

“The way we want to play defensively is it takes five guys playing with tremendous energy and all being on the same page. We want to extend ourselves defensively, which then means that you have to do a very good job of playing off the ball.”

 

On where his team stands...

“I’m happy (from) where we have come since the first day we practiced to where we are at right now as a basketball team. That’s still nowhere near where it needs to be for us to be able to contend in the Big 12. I’m happy where we are at, but also as a basketball coach you look at your team, and you also look for room for improvement, and our room for improvement right now is tremendous. We have a lot of room to improve at many areas. So that keeps me excited; it keeps the players excited because when we sit down and watch film they see when we do things right and when we do things wrong, what happens.”

 

On which area needs the most improvement...

“(It’s) rebounding the ball.  The second half, we played with more urgency rebounding the ball. Part of the reason (was because) we were better defensively, and offensively we were better.  We took better shots; therefore, (it) gave us better opportunities because the floor balanced to rebound the basketball at the offensive end, but to rebound you have to go get the ball. We did a better job of that in the second half.  Guys like Luis Coln and Ron Anderson didn’t pile up big numbers rebounding, but they got in there and batted balls, and kept them alive, and forced people to box them out, which then opened door for guys like Mike (Beasley) and a couple other guys to get in there and get offensive rebounds.”

 

Senior Guard Blake Young

On the game...

“It felt great to be back out there actually playing against somebody else besides my teammates. It’s always exciting to be playing in front of the fans. It gets your energy level up to a real high point.”

 

On the first half...

“We started out kind of sluggish. We picked it up, and then everybody after that was on the same page. We just tried to take them out of what they wanted to run and went from there.”

 

On Michael Beasley’s game...

“Mike Beasley is a great player, and we expect that from him.”