On Deon Thompson:
"I think he needs to improve on everything, as almost all of our players do. But he needs to focus on the rebounding aspect of it. He's had two games where he's had zero rebounds, and you can't have one of your post players doing that. He has the ability to put the ball in the basket, but he can't judge his worth on how well he's doing that, because we don't have to have him to score. We've got some other guys that can do that more easily most times. Am I satisfied with him? No. Am I pleased with him? No. Am I happy with him? Yes, because he's trying. I truly believe that he's going to get better and better as the season rolls along. His work habits are so much better than they've been in the past."
On dealing with this road stretch:
"I think we've responded pretty well. Five in a row on the road, three of them true road games. I think it's always extremely impressive to get those – I don't care where the team is ranked. You win on the road in somebody's own building, it's extremely important. For us, we felt like we needed those kinds of challenges to get us ready for the ACC and hopefully some good things after that, but I keep going back to the same things. We've got to continue to work defensively and everybody talks about how fast we play and all of those pretty things we do at times, but I've never seen a bad defensive team in the Final Four. "
On playing true road games instead of at neutral sites:
"I like the adversity that you face. It's not going to be smooth. Rutgers is going to be a Rutgers crowd – so much more interactive than it would be at Madison Square Garden or at the Meadowlands. I think it's part of the growing process [and] part of the learning process. I love playing on someone else's true homecourt."
On Wayne Ellington:
"Last year, almost every shot he took I thought was a good shot because I thought it was going in. But it didn't go in. Well, it's going in more now. Wayne has an ability to score. He missed a big shot at the end of the Georgetown game, and I told him that he was going to make a bunch of them and I really believe that. But I think the experience factor is important to him, [and] the strength factor where he worked hard in the weight room. I think that's been important to him because it allows him to be more balanced. You get bumped a lot that's not called and you've still got to be able to make shots and you've got to be able to maneuver your body and I think the strength part is much more there."
On Greg Little:
"Guys, I've had him one day and it was 35 minutes. I have no idea and I won't know for three weeks, so don't ask me that question for three weeks. When I say, ‘Five-twelve-skip-the-one-T,' he thinks we're running a double reverse. So he has no idea, I have no idea. He can't come close to catching up for at least three weeks."
What Coach Williams wanted him to focus on in the offseason:
"Pretty much defensively, staying in front of the quicker guards. That's probably the main [thing]. And decision-making. Sometimes I make silly mistakes with turnovers here and there that I shouldn't be making. Those are pretty much the two main things that he wanted me to work on. There were a couple of other things – working on getting to the glass, offensive rebounding, [and] working inside a little bit because I was going to be playing inside some this year."
On finally understanding what Coach Williams wants in him:
"I think it has a lot to do with me playing better. His confidence level in me is a lot higher, and my confidence level in myself is higher, as well. Just being here a couple of years and sitting behind Reyshawn [Terry] and watching him play, I learned a couple of tricks here and there and learned how to play in the system and be effective. He still yells at me, but it's not as much as it was in the past. I guess because I'm being smarter."
On how quickly Coach Williams lets him know about a bad shot:
"I hear it pretty quickly. I put a lot of pressure on myself, so I would know if it was a bad shot after I took it. He would let me know, too. Last year, he would let me know right away. This year, he's giving me a little more freedom and letting me play through it a little more, play through my mistakes a little more.