Nov. 2, 2010
Newman at Kansas State On Wally Judge… On Shane Southwell… On team identity… On practice… Kansas State Player Quotes Guard Jacob Pullen On Shane Southwell… Forward Wally Judge Forward Victor Ojeleye Newman Quotes His thoughts on the game… On Kansas State’s performance… On what his team can take away from the game… On newcomer Freddy Asprilla…
Kansas State Quotes
Kansas State Head Coach quotes
On overall performance…
"We are talented but we have a lot of work to do. Our upperclassman have to be better leaders. It is hard to lead when you are not doing your job. Our upperclassman have been inconsistent with that in practice, but they are good guys and they will keep trying and will be ok."
"We are still trying to find our identity as a team. Unlike other highly ranked teams we have returned a lot of talent but not a lot of experience and now we are trying to find the right groups that match, the groups with the right chemistry, the people who know what they are supposed to do. As a team and as a leader those are things that you work on at practice, and with us we have had two weeks of beating up on each other. Reading scouting reports is new to a lot of these guys. We did not start out great with the enthusiasm that we had last year but those are things that we can work on at practice. I do not see anything that is a red alert that will make me worry; I see things that we can work on in practice."
"Shane (Southwell) is a talent. He is a young guy that is impressive because he has so much potential. He can really defend and has great vision on the offensive end of the court and he is becoming more confident in his jump shot as well. Shane can really help us in the future."
On his feelings on playing the first game…
"It feels great to be in a new season. I think as a team we still have to find the things that will help us succeed this year, which is what these exhibition games are for. I just tried to do the things that would help us win tonight, I thank my teammates for helping me prepare."
On being in the starting lineup…
"It is a dream come true, but aside from that it is more about the team. I know that everyone has something to bring to the table. Coach went with a group tonight that he thought could bring some energy to the court to start the game. Every day in practice everyone goes hard trying to bring out the best in everyone."
Head Coach Mark Potter Quotes
Newman at Kansas State
On Wally Judge…"Wally keeps getting better, he simplified the game. He is not trying to do things that are impossible. He does the easy things and makes simple basketball plays. I think you are seeing someone who is proactive and is doing some good things for us.
On Shane Southwell…"Shane is very talented offensively. The thing he does best is pass the basketball and I got upset because he had the chance to make a great extra pass and he did not. Defensively him and the other freshman with Freddy included they are just not on the same page with what we need them to be at this point in the season for us to be a sound defensive team. Right now there is too much gambling, too much reaching and too many bad rotations which is a little disappointing because we spend so much time on it in practice. That is the one part we need to get better at."
On team identity…"We are trying to find our identity. People try to figure out how to handle their roles and responsibilities which is a part of growth. It is not a lot different than a teenager. The guys use to be little kids are now teenagers and we need them to keep growing. That is a process that does not happen overnight. You do not take a guy that was a secondary player and expect him to play like a veteran player in his first time out because that takes time.
On practice…"We are big and strong and deep in the frontline. It helps if we can make a free throw and a one foot shot it makes us a little better but the one positive from what we did today was we got to the foul line. If you have paid attention to what we are about since I have arrived that is a big part of who we are is getting to the foul line. We have been a labeled a guard team because of Jacob (Pullen) and Denis (Clemente) but you do not lead the country in free throw attempts unless you get to the rim. We pressured the rim and at least we did that right tonight."
Kansas State Player Quotes
Guard Jacob Pullen
On Shane Southwell…
Forward Wally Judge
Forward Victor Ojeleye
His thoughts on the game…"Obviously Coach Martin played a lot of guys tonight, as did we. We did some things early to get some buckets, but after that their pressure got to us and there was no question about it, we could not enter the basketball to the wing. That was the huge difference for us from being able to score points in the first half as compared to the second half. Kansas State is very well taught when it comes to defense, getting out on the line and stopping entrance passes. We worked on it but it still was not good enough. Other than that, rebounding was a huge difference, they outrebounded us 34 to 59. They had 22 offensive rebounds and that is a major difference on what goes on out there. But overall I did not think we were horrible defensively. We made some horrible mistakes at times but I did not think we were horrible overall. Overall I was proud of my guys and what a great opportunity tonight was for us."
On Kansas State’s performance…"I know offensively they will get it flowing. They still scored 83 points. Obviously, teams that can rebound with them, they may not be able to score as many points on the glass, but they will get that going. Defensively, I thought they were pretty darn good. As I said, we had a hard time entering the basketball. Defensively they are as good as they come."
On what his team can take away from the game…"Even though we knew they were going to overplay the passing lanes and get up in us, we were really unable to prepare for that level of athleticism. With that being said, when I watch the film, I am going to see that we did not set up our men very well. I do not think we screened very well, and physically speaking, I do not care if you are 35 or 45 pounds less then the next guy, if you do not do the fundamental things correctly you are not going to get open. As much credit as I am going to give K-State, because they had a lot to do with that, I thought we still backed off a little bit. We were not as tough as we needed to be and those are the things we will take away from tonight. If you want to be a good basketball team you have to be tough. Kansas State made us tougher by making us hang around tonight. You also find out which guys can play in front of a lot of people, not that I did not know that some of our guys could play. We have a couple of gamers and overall I was really proud of our guys."
On newcomer Freddy Asprilla…"My goodness he is big and long and he seems really comfortable in that setting. Defensively when he is in the paint, it is very hard to get anything done. We felt like at times if it was him, or a couple of the other guys, we might be able to set some ball screens on them. But there was so much pressure on the ball and we were hoping that he would be a little bit late, but he was just in really good position. I was completely impressed with him. We did not know much about him, other then what we had read, but he is going to be a handful for a lot of people."