Postgame Quotes

Jan. 3, 2011

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Savannah State at Kansas State
K-State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On Jacob Pullen’s return …
“It was good.  I could tell by the way he has been practicing since he got back from Christmas break that he is pretty zoned in. He took good shots and he passed the basketball well. If he was a freshman coming off of this, it would probably be a difficult transition. He understands because he has been around and he gets it. He has been practicing with us and watching us play. He realizes how much easier the game is played when you let things happen a little bit. He was trying to shoulder too much of the load, and tonight he kept the game simple. That is what upperclassman, team captains do for you.”

On how Curtis Kelly will handle coming back …
“I guess we are going to find out. Curt and Jake (Pullen) are two different people with two different personalities. I have been around Jake for four years and this is my third year around Curt (Kelly), and they handle things differently.”

On the play of the front court…
“We had two guys go 1–for-10 on one-foot shots, but I guess I am excited just like I was about Wally (Judge) a couple games ago that he got 18 shots even though he did not make very many. That tells me that we are continuing to throw the ball in the post and that we continue to post with authority and create the angles to get entry passes, and it is something that we have to continue to keep doing. That is who we have to be. I am happy with the way our guys are playing right now.”

On the play of Jamar Samuels and Wally Judge…
“Jamar (Samuels) missed two gimmies in the second half. They are both playing with unbelievable enthusiasm right now. They are both trying to play within the concepts of what we are trying to do. That is the most difficult thing with good players because good players are just used to doing their own thing. When you have a bunch of good players, you have to get them to understand the idea of playing within a team concept, and it takes time. It is not as easy as people make it out to because guys will break it off and go do their own thing because it is what they have always done. These guys continue to work and understand that to win games and to play well it has got to be a collective effort.”

Guard Jacob Pullen
On his performance…
“I got a lot of shots up. I got a lot of shots before the game. During my little time off, I just stayed in the gym. Frank (Martin) said last season I looked more fluid in my shot and that I need to get back to it. My only answer for that was to stay in the gym. That is what our coaches had us do, and it is not just me but our whole team is getting a lot of shots up. I feel like everyone has more confidence in their shot whether it is free throws or jump shots.”

On nerves before game…
“No, this is basketball. This is the one place I feel comfortable at all the time no matter what is going on in life. Basketball is always my comfort zone. It relaxes me, and it makes me feel like it is the place where I should be at.”

On what he has to prove…
“I have something to prove for the whole Big 12. I feel like a lot of people do not believe I should have been a pre-season All-American or an All-American. That is motivation, and I love when people do that. I love when people doubt me, and it has been the story of my life. I was never supposed to be good enough to do anything. I appreciate that, and I have something to prove for the rest of the season.”

Forward Wally Judge
On his rebounding…
“Frank (Martin) made me mad. He said I had to grab rebounds, but a lot of them were long and I could not really get to them and that is a major effort part. So after he said something to me, I took it as a personal vendetta to go out there and grab every rebound.”