Locker Room Report: Wolfpack Players

<B>RALEIGH, NC-- </B>NC State players met the media following the New Orleans game and here's a sampler of what they had to say.

Guard Engin Atsur
We knew coming out that we needed to play well. I think the key was that we played well together.

Talk about the job you did shooting the ball.
I felt good shooting, but it wasn't about me. My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball. All of us were looking for each other. Everyone was open because we were passing the ball and finding the open man.

The team looked good against the zone. How do you feel about the zone offense?
It was pretty good, but it could be better. There's always room for improvement.

Can you guys shoot like that every night?
It was a good night, but it might not be like that every night. We're confident, and we've got good shooters. Everyone can shoot on this team.

Forward Ilian Evtimov
In the second half they had a run, and we had to stop it. We had to get a basket and we've got to go inside to get a bucket. Jordan Collins did a great job tonight. He was a big presence on the boards, and he was big with his moves. He made himself available, and we gave him the ball. When that happened we got some opportunities from the three-point line.

If Jordan was to have a big year what would that mean to the team?
I think that gives us a whole new dimension. Not only can we score from the outside, but it gives us a true inside game. It's something we haven't had in the last couple of years, and Jordan showed tonight he can do that.

How are you doing physically?
I'm doing well. I'm getting better everyday, and tonight was a big step for me. I'm excited about tomorrow, and I'm going to get some rest tonight so I can go to work.

Guard Julius Hodge
I think we've got real good shooters. Engin Atsur, Tony Bethel, myself of course, Levi Watkins... everybody knocking it in. This year we have a good team. We're not only good outside, but also good inside. We're going to continue getting it inside so guys like Jordan Collins can continue to play well for us.

With everything clicking in the first half, how do you feel about the outcome?
I envisioned us being 1-0 after tonight, and we did that. In years past, we would get the win but it would be sloppy. It would look like the offense wasn't working, but tonight we really ran our sets well and were very successful.

Thoughts on Jordan Collins:
With Jordan playing the way he is we're going to continue giving it to him. Our offense is predicated on getting it inside and allowing our big men to also be players.

You guys looked good tonight on offense. What do you think?
This is definitely the most comfortable the team has been in the offense since I've been here. Guys are really buying into the offensive package that coach Sendek is laying out for us.

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