Postgame Quotes

Nov. 7, 2010

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Washburn at Kansas State

Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin Quotes

On the improvements from the opening game to today…

“I thought defensively, we were a heck of a lot better today than we were the first time out. I am telling you, our guys were nervous that first time out. I could see it in their faces. Not nervous in a bad way, they were just full on energy. But I thought we did a better job today.”

 

On the play of Rodney McGruder…

“Against Newman, he was the most nervous of them all. He shot an airball for a 3-pointer. He had an open shot and he completely missed the rim. Rodney is just a great, great young man. He works his tail off and he cares as much as anyone in that locker room. You can coach him and he accepts it. But that is a challenge to him: to learn and to get better. He has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, he was so-so in the first half but in the second half, I said ‘Rodney, I know you can make 3-pointers. I watch you make them every single day in practice. You had 41 in a high school game and half of them were from beyond the arc. I know you can do that’. But what wins is being able to prevent your matchup from doing that and Rodney has taken unbelievable pride in that. The best minutes of his career, defensively, were in the second half today. ”

 

On the difference between Dominique Sutton and Rodney McGruder…

“He is just a different player. Rodney is deceptively athletic. You do not realize how athletic he is by just watching him. But Rodney is pretty athletic but he is just a different player than Dominique (Sutton). With Dom, we had to run a lot of post-ups, which is what we tried to do last year compared to the year before. But like I told our guys, I was not happy with some of the things that we did to get Dom an opportunity to succeed. But they are just different players.”

 

On K-State’s second-best perimeter scoring option…

“There is a little rumor going around out there that outside of Jacob (Pullen), we do not have anyone else that can score the basketball. But we lost Michael Beasley and we still averaged 81 points a game the following year. We are going to score the ball. We are not into a single player scoring; we are into the team scoring.”

 

On what his team needs to improve on…

“I told our guys in the locker room, I was extremely happy with the growth we showed today in our transition-defense and our set-defense. In the first half, we got to the line and we could not make free throws again. We had three-foot shots and we could not make them. But in the second half, I thought we did a better job of that. Obviously, when Rodney (McGruder) jumps up and makes some 3-pointers and Nino (Williams) makes a couple, it kind of opens up things for you offensively. That is what we have to do to open up the middle for our big guys. But I am not a big stats guy. I do not look at stats and say ‘That is the problem with our team.’ What I do is, I look at one stat that bothers me and I go back and watch the film and see if that is just something specific to that game or if it is something that we have to address. Today, we gave up 17 offensive rebounds. I thought we rebounded well in the second half, I did not think we rebounded the ball worth a lick for the first 10 minutes of the game. But after that point on, I thought our rebounding got a lot better.”

 

Senior Guard Jacob Pullen

On progress from first exhibition…

“Defensively I thought we did a great job getting to the ball, getting into passing lanes and making Washburn uncomfortable at some points in the game. I think our big guys did a great job blocking shots and really contesting shots so that we could start our break.”

 

On Rodney McGruder’s play…

“We are legit. When Rodney is making shots like that, you cannot double inside and you cannot double on ball screens. It really spreads the floor. We are going to be a post team, we are going to get the ball inside to Freddy (Asprilla), Jordan(Henriquez-Roberts), Curtis(Kelly), Wally (Judge) and Jamar (Samuels). We have a lot of options down there. When Rodney is shooting the ball like that and Martavious’ (Irving) confidence is coming along, Nick (Russell) and Will (Spradling) it makes it hard to double.”

 

Sophomore Guard Rodney McGruder

On his play …

“I felt good. Before the game Jake told me just have confidence and just let it go. So I felt good out there.”

 

On his role on team…

“This summer Jake told me that I need to step up this year and help the team defensively and offensively. I do believe that it can be my role.”

 

Sophomore Center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts

On preparing for regular season games…

“We have been working hard at practice, preparing well for every exhibition game, working on execution and fixing the little mistakes that we made.”

 

Washburn Quotes

Head Coach Bob Chipman

On if this game was a step forward…

“I think it was. I do not know how I can be happy with a 90-44 game. The first 20 minutes I thought we matched their intensity and played as hard as they did which is almost impossible. Frank (Martin) and his staff did a great job of playing hard. I thought we battled on the board as well. They are longer which makes it difficult to make shots. We struggled all night getting the ball in the basket. The effort first 20 minutes though was good, the second half they turned it up a notch and we turned it down a notch. They are really good and Frank does a good job. When we drive their help side was unbelievable he (Frank) is probably the best in America at getting his kids to step up and take one for a teammate and then their big guys collapse and block shots. I thought we were getting good shots but K-State would allow us to finish any of them, so you have to credit them.”

 

On a comparison between Kansas and K-State…

“They are both off the charts. I think I have a pretty good team and have been playing hard but both teams made it look like we were not even practicing. I think both of them are in for great years. McGruder got my attention if he can keep shooting it like that and inside with Asparilla (Freddy) adds more offense then you have a good combination. K-State is really a load and I thought we played better tonight but the score did not indicate that. You cannot compare KU and K-State all I can say is that it is going to be fun for the state of Kansas.”

 

On K-State’s 3-point ability…

“I was watching our guys close out on him (Rodney McGruder) pretty good but he was still knocking them down. I did not look at his stats but he shot it great just like the rest of them. They are all just playing K-State basketball the way Frank wants it played. As a former players I am so proud of what I see from all the guys out there. They are selfless and want K-State to win by playing hard. I want McGruder to keep hitting shots clear through the Big 12 and if he does I can say that I got him started.”

 

Forward De’Andre Washington

On the second half…

“Tough shots just were not going down for us. We tried to get the defense moving by passing the ball but the shots just were not falling. They went on a tough run on us.”

 

Guard Virgil Philistin

On the most impressive thing about K-State…

“Their rebounding. They are warriors on the glass. I will give them that.”

 

On how they compare to Kansas…

“They are bigger than Kansas. Their bigs are good inside to get more looks for Pullen (Jacob) and their other guards.”

 

On if they knew Rodney McGruder could shoot how he did…

“I did not think he shoot like that. I told him during the game that he was hitting today. On the scouting report we thought he would take it to the bucket more.”