Hoops Media Conference on 10-10-10
is a partial transcript from Tuesday's routine, but solid media
The Anne & Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball,
On having no seniors on the
kind of unusual, right, to have a team with no seniors? But by the same token,
we are excited because the one thing that is known is we will have this group
for the next several years. That's a good thing, to be able to build and grow
together while developing continuity with these groups."
to the theory of this being "his" first full class...
difficult for me because I'm one of those coaches who never looks at it as my
players or someone else's players. You inherit the kids you have and work your
butt off to try and make them as good as possible, and that's what we have done.
We've been able to recruit some kids who fit the style of what we like to do, so
it's exciting to see how they will respond to this level. I just like working
with kids, teaching and motivating. I love the kids I've been able to work with
here, and I just wish we could have accomplished more."
about the return of Josh Owens...
can't discuss his medical condition, as it is a personal matter. We are excited
to have him join us again on the court and I think he'll contribute to our
program. He is a capable, low-post player who is also fairly versatile. Mainly
we are just excited for him. When you think about it, here's a young man who had
some uncertainty about whether his career would even continue. So to be able to
come back, contribute and do something he is passionate about, we are excited
the progress of Josh Owens...
play as much basketball of course, but was able to condition and train as much
as he normally would. My take is that there is nothing like basketball. You can
condition and train and do as much as you want to do outside of the game, but
there is nothing like stepping on the floor and running wind sprints or taking
part in drills. I think you have to be able to experience that in order to get
adjusted. Josh being able to work out this summer was a good start for him and
being able to work with the guys now is a continuation of what he started in the
offseason. It's a process for him, but he's excited."
does the program attempt to offset the loss of Landry Fields?
I expect us to have more of a balanced offensive attack. We were so strong at
one position with Landry, who averaged 22.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. We
don't have anyone at the moment who we feel can produce those type of numbers,
so I think we will have to do it more by committee. More guys stepping up, more
guys contributing. And we feel we can find it. It's just a matter of these kids
learning our system and getting comfortable with the level of competition we
have to face."
expectations with the highly-touted incoming recruiting class
or not, I don't really mind it. I am a competitor. We have high expectations for
ourselves and I approach every season that way. My expectations are always
higher than where we might be projected to finish. We have to go out there,
continue to get better and compete. The experiences these young guys will face
in the non-conference season and Pac-10 will only help contribute to them
getting better and better. We realize that and there is enough veteran
leadership here to help them find their way."
Losing Andy Brown for the second straight season to an ACL injury...
spoke with him right before he went in for his third surgery. We had that
discussion. He said `Coach, I want to try and come back again because I believe
I can do it.' I told him it was up to him and whatever he chose, we would back
him 100 percent. Andy told me he wanted to come back, compete and be with the
guys. So he's got 100 percent of our backing and I am excited about him trying
to return for next year. It has really been one of the most unfortunate things
I've ever seen in our sport, for a young man to have three ACL injuries to the
same knee. We are anxious to see him return and are pulling for him and praying
about the expectations for junior shooting guard Jeremy Green...
expecting more leadership from Jeremy. He's produced well for us offensively but
we need more than that from him. He is our most experienced returning player and
has been very good for us. He needs to continue to grow, but more vocally than
anything. Jeremy has an idea of what it takes to be successful in the Pac-10
because he has faced it. So for him to just be a voice to our guys will be
thoughts on the point guard position...
"The point guard
position for us is something we have been working on. Aaron (Bright) was
recruited because he is a pure point. Having him get into the fold and learn our
system should allow him to contribute. Last year we did it a bit by committee. I
give Jarrett Mann a lot of credit. We asked a lot of him and for most
of the season, he was leading the Pac-10 in assists. He's a young man who was
primarily a wing and changed positions because we needed him to. So with Aaron
and Jarrett, and even Gabriel Harris, it gives us some options and more
depth than we have had."
likelihood of four freshmen starting by midseason...
haven't thought about that, to be honest. I want to get out there and see what
we have. It's great that we have these 40-minute sessions, three times a week.
But it will be better when we start on Friday and go for extended periods of
time. Now we can see how much guys can handle and find out where they stand
physically through the grind of a practice against Pac-10 caliber players. Right
now, it's a lot of teaching and fundamentals. Once we start practice, we'll have
a better feel. From what I've seen from the summer up to now, all of those
freshmen have improved physically and showed the skill necessary to compete in
area he has learned about himself so far as a head
"I've learned in teaching, both offense and
defense. I've had to make some adjustments from some things I have known and
been a part of over the years. Some coaches have told me that would happen. You
can never take 100 percent of what you've done somewhere else and bring it with
you. So I've had to tweak my system a bit on both ends of the floor, and in some
areas, I think that's been really good for us. I don't like to compromise some
things defensively, and that's why I'm most excited to work with the depth that
we will have this year."
Describing the team's three-point
course, Jeremy is a terrific shooter, like you said. Anthony Brown is
a good shooter from the perimeter as well; he can really shoot the ball from
there. We have some forwards who are capable shooters from the perimeter as
well. Andrew Zimmermann can step outside and make shots. John Gage and Stefan Nastic can shoot from the perimeter.
And Aaron Bright can make shots from the outside."