“Some people say we don’t have a center. In our system we don’t need a center. When you have a center, you have to wait for him to come down the floor. I’m not going to wait for a center. Our guys aren’t going to wait for a center.”
On the newcomers – Michael Jones, J.J. Sullinger and Berry Jordan:
“Jones has picked up 23 pounds since he’s been here. He’s gotten better. He could be like a three this year. He can shoot the ball and run the floor pretty good. He’s going to be a good player.
“J.J. isn’t like a freshman. His mannerisms aren’t like a freshman. His dad’s a coach; he’s just got a basketball mentality. He’s got speed and he can finish. His jumpshot is like a Magic Johnson shot. He shoots way up. He’s a bigger (Corey) Beck.
“Jordan is raw talent. I’m excited about watching Berry in front of a lot of fans. He can jump out of the gym. With fans watching him, he may jump even higher. He doesn’t know the talent he has.”
On the team’s go-to player:
“I was asked who was our go-to guy. All our guys are go-to players. It’s everyone on the floor. That’s the worst thing about having a go-to guy. If he doesn’t live up to expectations, the team is let down. Our go-to guys are the five guys on the floor.”
On UA’s guards:
“With (Brandon) Dean, (Teddy) Gipson and (Jannero) Pargo, we have three legitimate big-time guards. I wouldn’t trade them for anybody. And then we also have T.J. (Cleveland) and (Charles) Tatum. All T.J. does is find a way to win.
“If each player steps up, we won’t miss Joe (Johnson). We can be a good ball team. It’s important for our team to get off to a good start.”