Weber, Players Discuss Sunday's Exhibition

Nov. 4, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber and requested players spoke with the media on Tuesday to discuss its exhibition game against Washburn set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Head Coach Bruce Weber
On the last couple of weeks…
“We have had some injuries. The other day we tried to scrimmage, but we did not have enough people for that so we ended up going 4-on-4. It ended up being a good thing because the guys got a lot of running in. Some days you need to run, some days you need to teach and some days you need toughness. We are in those dog days of practice, whether you are in football or basketball. They want games, but are they ready for them? I do not think they are but you have to play them and that’s part of it. First is to get guys healthy, second is to start figuring out roles. We (coaches) know what the roles are but it is them figuring it out and taking pride in their roles. I think that will be a big step with any team and it will be a big step with us.”

On separation at the point guard position…
“I do not think there is any separation. One day one, one the next. I hope they become a really tough two-headed monster. They both have great quickness, obviously one can push the ball, and the other can shoot better. I know I said it could be a question [for us] but I hope the position becomes a strength for us. I even told them that they can play together. Nigel (Johnson) can shoot the ball pretty well and then you get those two together and then it is a whole different level of pressure for people.”

On the new video board…
“You walk in there you are in awe of it, it is unbelievable, and it is great for the fans. It adds a whole new dynamic to the arena, there is no doubt. But once you start playing, you do not notice. We have practiced in there, in the practice gym [most every day] and in ballrooms of hotels. Once you start playing you forget about all of that stuff.”

Senior Forward Thomas Gipson
On preseason practice…
“It is going real well. Transitioning to real practice, I feel like everyone is getting real comfortable. Our defense is real good right now, and we could be a lot better but with all the pieces we have right now we are doing fine. All we could do is take a step forward.”

On the young players learning…
“They have learned a lot. Coaches will continue to get on them about things and what is expected of them. They know what to do on offense and defense, and know their roles.”

On point guard battle…
“Going back and forth, day-in and day-out. That is really the only position that does not get breaks.  Pushing each other, they go hard, and it will benefit both.”

Sophomore Guard Marcus Foster
On playing the exhibition…
“I am excited to put the jersey back on and get back out there. Play against other people and not my own teammates.” 

On the summer…
“It was eventful. Played at a Nike point guard camp, and hang out with a bunch of pros. It was really just learning a lot about myself, the player I could become.”

On being a marked man…
“Just keep doing what I do. I had a good year last year but I do not want people to worry about that, just worry about this year, because I will have an even better year. If I stick to what I do and stick to my team and do whatever they need.”