DM: Well,everybody here can tell that we are improved this year. Everybody worked a lot harder this offseason This preseason Coach Crean says it's been the best in the six years he's been here and it was definitely better than last year. Everybody's working a lot harder. Everybody's a lot better. We have a brighter outlook on this year. Everybody's more confident, more focused. "> DM: Well,everybody here can tell that we are improved this year. Everybody worked a lot harder this offseason This preseason Coach Crean says it's been the best in the six years he's been here and it was definitely better than last year. Everybody's working a lot harder. Everybody's a lot better. We have a brighter outlook on this year. Everybody's more confident, more focused. ">

DOS up close with Dameon Mason

DOS: This is your second year. Tell me how it's different now that you are a "veteran." <p>DM: Well,everybody here can tell that we are improved this year. Everybody worked a lot harder this offseason This preseason Coach Crean says it's been the best in the six years he's been here and it was definitely better than last year. Everybody's working a lot harder. Everybody's a lot better. We have a brighter outlook on this year. Everybody's more confident, more focused.

DOS:   You improved dramatically throughout your freshman year.  What did you work on in the off season?

 

DM:     I tried to fine tune every part of my game … getting better at everything.  I definitely had to work on handling the ball better, keeping my head up, worked on my passing, especially defense, and I had to work on my shooting, so pretty much every aspect of the game.  Just reading defensive more, offensive learning the plays a lot more, knowing where to be at what times, just pretty much like I said, everything.

 

DOS:   Last year, what was the biggest moment, was it the Louisville game looking back?

 

DM:     That was a huge moment.  Yeh, it was great to be a part of that.  But you know it's a new season now.  Looking forward to this one.  I would love to be in that situation again, but hopefully we don't have to.

 

DOS:   As a returning sophomore, give us your opinion of the new guys coming in.  You've practiced against them ... Ryan Amoroso.  What do you think of him?

 

DM:     He's heavily talented.  He's going to be a big impact on the team this year.  He has a lot of skills.  Also, there are a lot of things he has to work on as we all do but he's going to make an impact, so will Ousmane Barro.  They're going to be two inside players to watch as the season goes on.

 

DOS:   Did you know of Ooze when you were in Chicago?

 

DM:     Yes, he played on my AAU team in Chicago for a couple of teams.  I was going into my senior year of high school and I think he was going into his junior year in high school, so I definitely knew who he was.

 

Ooze is very athletic.  He runs the floor very well.  He's an excellent rebounder.  You know he's long.  He has excellent leap.  He can get to the basket, off the dribble he has you know good moves in the post.  There are a lot of things we have to fine tune about him, too.  Like you said he hasn't played in two or three years, but I don't think that's going to be a major effect.  I think as the season moves along and practice, he'll definitely get into the flow and he's going to be, you know, I'm really definitely looking forward to big things from him this year.  We need it.

 

DOS:   Tom Crean comes from that Michigan State coaching line … using the Izzo philosophy – create mismatches in open court.  You can play the two.  You can play the three (SF).  Do you prefer one position over the other?

 

DM:     No, it doesn't really matter.  I mean they are pretty much the same position.  You know I might be up against a bigger guy, but they are pretty much the same position, but, you know, you just have to have the skill to play.  They're pretty much the same.


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