“If we’re going to have a good team, we have to emphasize getting to the glass. That’s why we put up the chart at practice. We have to make them conscious of the fact we have to go get the ball for us to be a very good team. I feel good in all the departments – our depth, experience, shooting and running, but we still aren’t a big team. From a collective group, we might be able to do a better job rebounding and getting a hand on the ball. We’re going to play 94 feet. Most 94-foot teams aren’t good rebounding teams because they are so spread out. We’re trying to get as many opportunities as we can.”
EA Sports Central All-Stars:
“Nobody has beaten this team by 10 points. Texas Tech shot 37 free throws against them. You’re supposed to win when you get that many free throws. Litterial (Green) was an NBA player at one time. (Kenyan) Weakes used to light us up when he was at Florida. This is a good group. The reason they have fewer players on their roster (nine) than some of these teams is because they are getting paid and they are going to play.”
Surprises heading into the season:
“(Dionisio) Gomez has been a pleasant surprise. I’m not surprised as much as I am glad. He just needs confidence. He finishes his shots now. He’s probably the best rebounder on our team. He touches a lot of balls, he’s a good passer and he’s very mobile. He’s got all the tools. Once he decides he’s pretty good, it may make the difference. We’ve been waiting and waiting and hopefully this is the year it comes out.
“J.J. (Sullinger) is above a freshman. He does a lot of things. If all our seniors weren’t there, he would be a starter. He will play a lot.”