Here is what Clemson players and coaches had to say about the upcoming 2002-03 season.
F/C Ray Henderson
"Being that we've played together, going into our fourth year, (Edward Scott) knows my game, and I know his game. The tricky pass he might throw, I can see it coming. And that's the same with (Chris) Hobbs and Thomas (Nagys). Also, I know where Ed likes the screen. If I screen for him right here, I know when and from where he's going to shoot it."
"Everybody's going to leave one day, so you have to step up. Every team has new leaders now, and that's a good thing."
PG Edward Scott
"Unfortunately, my freshman year, I broke my foot early and had to overcome that. And to be playing against skilled guys like Ed Cota and Jason Williams my freshman year, I was taught a lot of valuable lessons. It's a learning experience. I don't think you can come in and try to dominate the point guard position in this league unless you are a really special athlete like Jason Williams."
Coach Larry Shyatt
"Well, there are a lot of things that have caused (renewed) hope. One, more than any, are the five young men who are now seniors who have bled for this school and been through some tough times but never once challenged their dignity, challenged what they were doing, and now they're in leadership roles and doing it the right way. All five of them will graduate. Now what we've got to do, and it always comes back to it, is win."
"There are some teams in this league that have questions to be answered for the first time in a few years, and it will be important for a lot of us to get off to good starts ... November and December are going to be very important."
"We're a pretty good team down the middle, meaning we've got four quality interior players. Perhaps no other (ACC team) would exchange one of theirs for one of ours, but maybe a lot of them would if they could have all four (of our guys). We're a pretty good committee inside, and I think our guys are proud of that."
"Edward Scott possesses many quality traits of a great point guard. Although he's not a great talent, he's a great point guard, and that's a starting point for us. I'm sort of anxious to see what we'll be like on the wings because Christie and Babalola are probably two of three or four of our most talented players on the team, but they're only sophomores."
ACC 50th Anniversary Team member Wayne "Tree" Rollins
Saying NC State's David Thompson was the best ACC player he ever played against: "I went up to block David's shot, and he jumped again while he was in the air. I had no clue what to do after that. David could score, David could shoot it, he could take it to the hole. Obviously, dunking wasn't allowed then, but he could take it to the cup and finish."
"In the 10th grade in high school, they refurbished the playground. They put in all these new trees that were all tall and skinny. At that time, I was about 300 pounds lighter. [Laughing.] I was skinny then, and had a (huge) afro. I reminded the guys of one of those trees, so that's what they started calling me."
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