Opening statement - "Tony Bennett and his staff do a heck of a job. They do a really good job. Washington State is a very good basketball team and we had to play a really good game in order to come out on top and be champions. We turned the ball over too many times in the first half but besides that our guys put forth the type of effort that would allow you to win a big game when it is on the line like it was today. I could go on and on about the heroes from today. Jon Brockman scores (seven) points and grabs 18 rebounds, and battled Aron Baynes. Venoy Overton is just becoming a giant pest defensively. He's like a shot-blocker who blocks three shots, but changes four or five. He might get three steals, but he throws the rhythm off others because they don't know where he's at. Justin Dentmon hit big shots. Quincy Pondexter has emerged to be a winner. It's really good to see that. It really speaks of perserverence. Hanging in there.
On winning a championship – "When you win a championship, it's very good for a lot of reasons. But there's no better reason, for me, then to watch our guys win a championship and to have that experience for the rest of their lives to remember. Our returning guys will know what it takes to win a championship. They'll know what it feels like. There are many collegiate players who have gone on who have no won a conference championship. Our guys can say that they've done that. I'm really, out of all this, that's what I'm most happy about."
On getting them through this game – "(Scissors he pulled out in the locker room). They knew We all have different learning methods. Some are more visionary learners. To all of a sudden, maybe have a mental image of cutting down the nets, maybe it would have given thrm a little incentive to go out there and tighten the chin strap a little harder."
On how he's gotten through it – "I don't know I haven't been sleeping a lot. One of those times where I'm staring at the ceiling. You can look at the worst-case scenario and the best-case scenario; I thought about the best-case scenario and us to be in a position to do that. It's not just going through it, but to have the whole pie, that's just part of it. They rushed the court, we cut down the nets, that's how you do it."
On dethroning UCLA - "For me not really, it's more we're the champs as opposed to someone else is not. It'd be hard to just keep winning the league every year in the Pac-10, maybe in some other leagues but this league is too strong year in and year out to for one team to continue to win it for a 15-year period. Sooner or later someone else will win and it happened to be us this year. I'm more proud the fact that we won it than someone else didn't."
On if Jon Brockman will win POY - "I don't think it will be easy at all. I don't know what he will get in terms of Player of the Year. Herb Sendek might have said, ‘if there's an award for outstanding player versus most valuable player maybe it's two different awards.' Coach Wooden always talked about maybe Kareem might have been the most outstanding but Bill Walton might have been the most valuable. If we are talking about most valuable Jon Brockman is the most valuable."
On cutting down the nets - "That was an unbelievable feeling. You see it on TV every year and you want to be in that position, when I got up there it was about 100 times better than when I saw it on TV."
On his introduction - "That was special, it was a special moment walking out there. It was something I seen happen every year, seen all my buddies and take off for their last home game. You don't really imagine yourself in those shoes though, you think you'll be here for awhile and it'll last a lot longer and you have a lot of time, but it sneaks up on you and all of a sudden you're standing up there. That was special."
On if it hit him - As soon as stopped to think I got pretty choked up so I just tried to focus on the championship, win that championship and win that game and take it as another game and not get to caught up in the emotion and everything."
On defense being the center point of the team - "That's been our theme, and it'll be our theme until we're done playing. Defensive stops get us into our offense and get the crowd into it and get us excited. When we're locking up on defense and real active and all over the place with real energy is when we are at our best."
On his success - "I'm proud to say I've come a long way and overcame adversity very well. My coach was always feeding me with character, you have to have good character, if you don't have character you wont get over the hump that you want to."
On meeting Brockman - "I met him on my visit, he had came and played open gym, we chopped it up then. He was telling me about the program, he was already thinking about coming. Then I committed and he committed and we had bond right then and there, it just carried on we when got here."
On what Prep school helped with - "Prep school helped me be more patient with my school work, it helped me be more mature with my school. As far as the basketball court it was like AAU, fast pace, it helped me be stronger and more mature on the court."
On what the championship means - "Memories, I was like man this is going to be my last game. It's crazy to think this is my last game ever. It is what it is. I just have to enjoy it."
On winning a title – "It's been like a movie script the last couple of weeks. It's just a great story that we're living out right now."
On what the locker room is like - "It's an amazing feeling. It's a culmination of a lot of hard work our team has put in and a lot of things our team has been through. For a lot of our guys it's like a monkey off its back, it feels so great."
On how sweet the championship feels - "To be one of those players that people expected a lot of early and not living to a lot of those expectations early but keep working towards a team goal and to accomplish that goal means more than any championship I could have won by myself, any award I could have got by myself, more than anything I could have got by myself. It's a team game and I love being apart of this team."
On the celebration on the court - "My dad, me and him have a great relationship. He is my toughest critic as I am with myself and my biggest fan. He's been with me and talked to me every day faithfully about working hard and keeping my head up. It was a great feeling to go out there and hug my dad."
On if the season could have been scripted any better - "It's been a like movie script the last couple weeks, every game has had a title of what kind of big game it was. It's a great story we're living out right now."
On being on fire - "It started last night at 10 o'clock, I was trying to have fun and relax with my friends but right at 10 o'clock I just got really focused and couldn't stop thinking about the game and how anxious I was for it. It played out in my mind how I wanted it to last night."
On Taylor Rochestie – "He was a little frustrated, but he's a tough player so I knew he was going to bounce back and help his team out the best he can. But I knew if we limited a lot of his touches then they were going to be in trouble."
On the championship scene – "I always dreamed of the crowd running on the court and being in an atmosphere like that. It's just unbelievable. I got overwhelmed and I'm just happy to be a Husky right now."
On Washington State - "They really came out to play. They just won three in a row against good opponents. They knew they don't want us to overlook them. They knew they had a chance to beat us but we just had that last push."
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