Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On time dedicated to free-throws...
“We told them tomorrow morning we were supposed to come in and do a stretching, light weight workout. Now we are going to split the groups and get in the gym and make some free-throws, and it is kind of ironic, the first half we shot 75 from three, but 47, I think, from the free-throw line. It could have stretched the game out there is no doubt. But, that is just one little thing. I did not think we did as good of a job as we needed to defensively. They kind of got us going in different things. You know you prepare a little bit, it is so early, they ran a couple of things we have not seen, and you know we have to adjust. ”

On shooting well from the outside…
“You know, at the beginning of the game there was a lot of back and forth. I am looking at the score, we have four 3-pointers, and they have three 3-pointers. I have said to you guys all along, we are a better 3-point shooting team. The big thing is getting good one’s, each player getting in the gym and really working, and putting time into it. Obviously you can see Wes (Iwundu) has done that, and a couple of guys this week, Kamau [Stokes] and Dean [Wade] have been in the gym a little more,  and Barry [Brown], I have told you all along has been the most consistent. But, it is also moving the ball and getting good shots, executing your offense so you get a good shot, so you can step up and make it with confidence. A lot of good things happened, obviously Wes got his career high. You know if he makes some more free-throws, he steals six rebounds, three assists and one turnover. Those are pretty good numbers. I do not want to take him for granted, Barry has been very consistent, but I am just really happy for Dean on his birthday. He led us on to play hard, he had eight rebounds. He did a lot of good other things. I have kind of told all the guys, you know if you are not playing the best offensively, let it come, let things come to you. Concentrate on things you can control. You can always play hard, you can always rebound and help your team mates out. I hope he got the message, and we can move forward. We need consistency, we need everybody playing well.”

On Wesley Iwundu’s confidence…
“I do not think there is any doubt, he just has to continue to push himself and challenge himself. I think too much, you know he is a good kid, he is kind of cool and that is great off the court, everyone loves him and he loves to dance and all that stuff but on the court you have to be a killer and I hope he is at that point where he can do it on both ends of the court. Barry was struggling with number 2 [Jermaine Marrow] so we switched Wes on him and he got after him. He can do so many things on the court, his size, his length, his passing ability, and now if he adds the shooting to it, it makes a tough player to defend and deal with.”

On offensive play of team…
“I think if we get stops, we get pushes and you know I think that is where we have some strength. We did not even mention Xavier [Sneed], you know he gets 15 and six, misses a day of practice to go to a funeral with his family. He has been pretty good, he gives you that and then Carlbe [Earvin II] has been pretty good coming off of the bench. I think the push is good, you know if we move the basketball and get good shots then we will be a better shooting team. Now, it is when if those things are going can we get the cutting action, the screening, making the next play that will be the next step. That goes for anyone, whether it is the NBA in the playoffs, can you score in the half court against good teams on the road?  We will learn more about that as we go forward in the next couple of weeks.”

Senior guard Wesley Iwundu 
On the struggles of missing free throws but not three pointers…
“It was definitely an awkward situation to be on fire from behind the arch and miss free throws but it is a good sight to see that we are making threes. We need to get back in the gym and work on our free throws for the next game.” 

On confidence during the game…
“Once you fall behind, your confidence just goes out the roof and you have no choice but to shoot more. It is good to see us getting threes. We have to keep working at it so we can keep it up throughout the whole year.”

On what to expect for this upcoming season from the team…
“With this team we have a lot to offer and we can score in many different ways. Coach [Weber] says we are very versatile in scoring and we have a lot of options. It is tough to scout for different teams and I think if we keep this up through the year we will be tough to play. We always need to be competitive versus other teams.”

On being a leader for the team…
“I do consider myself a leader. I have been through the good and bad this past four years, so I just want to stay on the good right now and keep being the older guy. I want to be mature and keep putting everyone in a good position to be successful this year and have a good year.”

Freshman forward Xavier Sneed
On how excited are you to face big 12 teams…
“I am very excited and I just have to keep playing consistent, but it is pretty much my big deal to just keep bringing energy off the bench.“

Hampton Head coach Edward Joyner, Jr.
On early three-point shooting by both teams….
“It was good ball movement and good offense from both teams. I would not say that the defenses were bad, but I think both teams created situations where we thought we could score and we made the shots. The trouble I was hoping that would not happen to us against a team like Kansas State, who is big and physical and with how young we are could, we sustain that for another twenty minutes and we did for about ten, but I think the physicality of the game got to us a little bit.”

On K-State breaking away in the second half…
“The physicality of the game. They were able to sustain longer minutes of play than we were. They made shots, number 25 [Wesley Iwundu] especially, but they all made shots. I thought they wore on us over time. Again, we are a team with only one senior, one junior, and one graduate transfer while the rest are freshmen and sophomores. We are going to learn from this and get to the next game. But my hat is off to them, they did what they needed to do.

On takeaways moving forward……
“We can take away a lot of positives. The biggest thing is how hard we are going to have to play. If we can match this level of intensity night-in and night-out, then we will have a chance when we get to our league.”