Morgan Big 12 Teleconference

With his team off to a 5-0 start to the non-conference season and waiting for a Saturday visit to Des Moines to face Drake, Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan met with the Big 12 media Tuesday afternoon for his regularly scheduled teleconference.

On Curtis Stinson's play:

"He's an excellent player and does a lot to help our team. He plays great defense. He rebounds the ball and is our second-leading rebounder. He's a very good playmaker and good at finding people. He's very tough. He's good in all aspects of the game.

"I thought he was a very good player when I recruited him and he might even be a little better than I thought. I thought he would contribute a lot."

On Stinson doing it against better competition:

"I think he will. He's a real good player. I don't know if he's going to get 17 points every game, but he's going to be very effective. The things that he's good at, he's going to accomplish. He'll get to the basket, get some open shots and will get the ball to people in position to do some damage. I think he'll have a good year in the conference."

On Jackson Vroman's impact:

"He's played well. He missed a lot early and was not allowed to practice for the first two and a half weeks, then started practicing with the second team the whole time. Since he's been reinstated and playing, he's done a good job. He's our leading rebounder, leading scorer and is very athletic. I think he's absolutely one of the best big guys in the Big 12."

On experiences of Vroman having positive effect:

"In terms of maturing him and his understanding, I think they have."

On Marcus Jefferson versatility and importance to team:

"His role is to do a little bit of everything, which he does. He gives us leadership and leads by example. He rebounds the ball, plays defense and can score, so he gives you every facet of the game. It's a luxury to have a player like Marcus, who can play in the frontcourt, and two, three or four if he has to. It's very helpful."

On depth of this team:

"We have seven guys that we could start if we have to. Unfortunately I can only start five. What we try to impress upon our kids is that it's what you contribute during the game and who finishes the game that counts, not really who starts it."

On playing on the road this weekend:

"I'm looking forward to it, just in terms of seeing how we react and play in a hostile environment. We haven't seen that yet, and obviously Drake will be a hostile environment. It will be good to see how we react and those things. So we're looking forward to it from that point of view. But if you gave me a choice between a home game and an away game, I'd take the home game."

On building chemistry on road trips to Virginia, San Diego State:

"A trip like that should draw our team a lot closer together, because then you're basically together 24 hours a day during the course of the whole trip. That'll be a good experience for our kids, because some of them have never been to the Washington D.C. area, or to California. It will be good in terms of their growth and education."

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