Kansas State Head Coach Frank Martin Quotes

On Luis Colon’s play...

“I couldn’t be happier for a kid that’s worked as hard as he has. He played all last year with a torn ligament. That’s hard to do. It’s hard to play basketball if you can’t put your arms over your head. He struggled with that last year. He’s worked so hard over his three years and his confidence continues to grow. As he goes out and finds success in games that allows him to settle down. He wants to be such a good representative of our program. He wants to be a contributor in any way he can. Seeing him find success is gratifying. Like I told him, he has to keep building on that.”

 

On how Luis Colon will perform in conference play...

“By finding success in these games, it’s going to allow him to relax and continue to gain confidence and give him a chance. He’d have good practices, but he’d put so much pressure on himself that he would go out in games and tense up. Ever since the Oakland game, he’s starting to just relax and things have gone his way and you can see it in how he’s continued to grow as a player.”

 

On Dominque Sutton’s defensive play...

“Dominque was phenomenal. He might have had his best practice ever at K-State yesterday. We told him that’s your matchup, and you have to be good for us there, and yet, we need you to be more aggressive offensively.’ He did that today. He had six assists, and that tells me he was involved offensively. That’s a hard challenge for young kids to understand sometimes, that they have to be so involved on both ends of the floor. Young kids in today’s generation think that if they’re a good offensive player, then they don’t have to guard, and if they’re a good defender, then they can just stand around on the offensive end. He played both ends today and rebounded the basketball.”

 

On the players stepping it up...

“As experienced as we are compared to last year’s team, we still have a bunch of sophomores out there and we’re very young in age. If five possessions go differently for us over the last three games, we’d be the story of college basketball right now. Beat Kentucky, beat Iowa on a neutral site, go into Oregon and win, being 8-0, five possessions that’s all it would have taken. A missed free throw here, a missed lay-up there, but it didn’t happen. That’s part of the growth process. You have to walk the path, you have to understand the reasons why you succeed and the reasons that you don’t. I think our guys embraced that. We don’t dwell. Obviously in basketball, the RPI, the non-conference road wins, all those things are huge for what happens in March. We can’t worry about March. We have to worry about now, worry about the next practice, the next game. Just because we played well today, we can’t go into practice tomorrow and change the approach. We have to make sure we do it the same way and continue to build. The only thing that matters is the next day.”