Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On Wagner...

“Wagner is a pretty good basketball team. They are senior-led. Their point guard is really good. We have taken advantage of the last two weeks to re-break everything down and re-teach. Like I’ve said the whole time, our guys have been great. They’ve come in to work and they want to win. That’s what they care about. We’ve lined up and we’ve defended well the past two games.”

 

On how important experience is...

“I hate to sound redundant, but it’s the bottom line, and I try to be honest. Seniors handle the college experience a little better than 17- and 18-year-old kids. Everything that is thrown at you in college, you don’t have your parents screaming at you when you don’t do what you are supposed to do. You’ve got free time. You’ve got to learn how to manage your time. You’ve got to go to class, tutors, this, that and everything that comes in along with practicing basketball, along with watching film. High school kids, 90 percent of them never watch scouting report tape, so they don’t understand, and seniors do. Unfortunately, our seniors, the whole preseason, other than Blake (Young), weren’t with us. The last two weeks, without any school, without any responsibilities other than running basketball practice and having meetings and film sessions, our young guys have been a little bit at ease.”

 

On Bill Walker...

“He’s a good player. Bill wants to win. He’s not into numbers. If Bill was interested in trying to score, he would do that every game. That’s not who he is. Bill wants to win. If the team wins, he’s happy.”

 

On Clent Stewart...

“I’m old fashioned in the sense that I think, in order to be able to compete in a game, you have to be able to compete in practice. Clent (Stewart) spend five weeks where all he could do was be in the pool. He couldn’t even shoot a jump shot because his hamstring pull was so bad. Now we’re starting to see exactly what I knew we had, which was a four-year starter, a senior leader. They call him steady because that’s who he is. He has this calmness about him, and I think he’s excited. He’s excited that he has good players on his basketball team, and he’s excited about the possibilities of our team. He’s excited about the growth of our team.”