Postgame Quotes

Nov. 29, 2010

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On Jacob Pullen’s performance…
“He knows that he has not been playing will. He came back from Kansas City understanding that he needed to get better with his practice habits and he has. He is back to being the guy we knew at the beginning of the season as far as demanding people do their jobs and him doing his. He reacted the way your senior guy who you have been through the ropes with for four years should.”

On Freddy Asprilla’s performance…
“Freddy has always played zone defense everywhere he has played. Someone has always told him to ‘stand in the middle of the zone and do not move.’ Freddy’s challenge is to learn how to defend, how we defend. He is used to conserving energy on the defensive end so he can use it on the offensive end. Now, he is learning to utilize energy on the defensive end and sustain that energy to play on the offensive end. He is a very talented offensive player and he will continue to get better for us. He is defending the post for us better than any other big on our team. When he is in the game his man rarely catches the ball in the post unlike our other bigs that just allow their guy to catch and score the ball every time.”

On what he liked from his team tonight…
“When we play the right way you can see the ability of this basketball team. We are not a very good team right now but I like that our room for growth is phenomenal. We are an immature basketball team and our coaches have to get us away from that. We have got to correct it. We have to get those kids to learn to sustain effort and discipline. We have built who we are here at Kansas State by playing a certain way and we are not going to deviate from that. That is how we play basketball and we are not going to change that just because we have guys that do not like to play with that kind of effort all the time. That is not going to happen.”

On Jacob Pullen becoming the all-time leader in 3’s made at Kansas State…
“We are right in the middle of the season so I am not into individual stuff and all that. He had not been all that good for the last 10 days or so but I could not be happier for somebody that can reach the accolades that come his way. Jacob has embraced coaching, the responsibilities of a good player, and has earned the respect of everyone on our staff. He is a stand up young man. When his career is over here I will be happier for his individual accomplishments but you know he may rewrite the record book the way he is going. I could not be happier for him, he has earned it.”

Senior Guard Jacob Pullen
On being K-States All-time 3-point leader…   
“I did not hear which record I broke, I am just happy with the win. I will deal with the records at the end of the season. I just want to focus on getting one win at a time.”

On his offensive production tonight …
“Coach (Brad) Underwood told me before the game to look to score the ball a little bit and that opened up setting everyone else up to score. He told me that I was thinking a lot about setting everyone up but that took me away from scoring the ball which is what he said I do best.”

On the improvement of Freddy Asprilla…
“He is a great back to the basket scorer. He has a great feel for the game. He just had to get used to the contact. The things that he is able to do inside now, he was not able to do at the start of the season. Now he is feeling the game out and he is able to pass and rebound the ball and back to the basket-wise he is a very capable scorer. A lot of teams are going to have to double-team him and that is going to get us open shots.”

On handling the team’s overall depth…
“It is tougher but at the same time we go through these sets with different groups every day in practice. It is all about wanting to learn and we have to have people that want to learn. We cannot have people that have attitudes and think that they know everything. We have got to have guys that come into work every day and want to get better. It is a long way to the top but it is a short fall to the bottom. We have got to get more leadership and we need more people understanding that everyone has to learn and that is when we are going to become a good team. It is early in the season, but when Big 12 play starts we should be clicking on all cylinders.”

Sophomore Guard Rodney McGruder
On Jacob Pullen’s performance …
“He had a great night, he stepped up and he took some tough shots and made them. He took some wide open shots and he made them, he had a great shooting night.”

On the improvement of Freddy Asprilla
“He is getting more comfortable in the system. He is looking to score for himself as well as create for others, basically he is just getting comfortable.”

Emporia State Quotes
Head Coach David Moe
On Kansas State’s size and speed…
“We can see that on TV and obviously playing against them it stands out. Mainly when we drive and make lay-ups and they came back, contested and blocked a lot of our shots, especially in the first half and some in the second half. That still did not stop us from sprinting back in transition or from boxing out and the things that we need to do for us to be successful. Their aggressiveness and the way that they are coached is tough for us to match up physically.”

On positives from game…
“I thought that we got better. Any time that you play a team like Kansas State, who is well coached and as aggressive as they are, and even with the mistakes that we made standout. When you do not box out and they are big and constantly crash the boards and continuously keep pressure on you defensively. But other than a couple stretches in each half did we hang our heads. I thought we did some good things both halves as well.”

Senior Guard Xavier Burnette
On guarding Jacob Pullen…
“It is a great experience. You see him on TV every night. A lot of my friends ask you what are you going to do or what it is like. You just want to go out there and compete with him and let him know that you play basketball just like he does.”

Senior Forward Adam Holthaus
On Freddy Asprilla…
“He is a big guy and a physical specimen. He is great finishing inside and hard to move out, especially when you are undersized to start out with.”

On what to take away from game…
“The experience, we had a couple of tough games and going into the regular season hopefully it will turn around and help us out in the long run and get us more physically ready to play.”