The Wildcat basketball coach stated he had never witnessed such a tragic circumstance in a basketball game - and he took it upon himself to make sure the Wildcat players would not be involved in similar circumstances.
"We have to be constantly vigil about letting them know to play the game the right away," Smith emphasized. "They need to play with good sportsmanship, value the game and play with integrity. That's something we stress all the time."
The players, in retrospect, shared in the same shock that many of us fans experienced when we first witnessed the events.
"I was shocked to see something like that happen," Sparks said. "Everywhere you go lately, everyone is talking about it."
Senior All-American, Chuck Hayes echoed his fellow captain.
"Wow, I couldn't believe it," Hayes said. "When I first heard I was wondering if Tay (Tayshaun Prince) was involved. Obviously he is smart enough not to get involved.
"It's crazy," the power forward continued. "I feel bad for the game, period."