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On his senior front line primarily Reggie Buckner and Murphy Holloway: “It’s an experienced productive front line, and we’re going to be dependent upon those guys to produce for us early, while everybody else figures it out.”
Issues from last year: “Last year, the biggest struggle we had was that I felt like we coached three different teams.” (Late additions of White and Kendrick, dismissal of Nelson)
Diversity this year: “We have more weapons. We score the ball a little easier. We’ve got different guys who can do different things. As a result of that I hope it gives us a little more margin for error than we had last year.”
Working in the news guys: “I’ve got seven guys right now, and if you asked my staff to rank them one through seven you’d get four different answers. That shows you how tight the competition is, and as a result, it’s made us better.”
On what Marshall Henderson brings to the team: “He brings the ability to make shots, to spread the floor, and he’s made shots in Division 1 games before. I’m more excited about that, honestly, than anything he did at the junior college level, which was lead his team to an undefeated national championship while being the player of the year. That was obviously a pretty good year for him.
“But he’s a guy who got 13 a game in the Mountain West Conference as a freshman at Utah. He’s been in big environments, been on national TV, been in front of 20,000 fans who were booing him. He’s been there and done that, and as a result, we hope the transition for him is a lot easier as we get into these games.
“Spacing, I think is probably the biggest thing that he brings, because you have to guard him. When you look at Murphy and look at Reg, they’re not block to block power guys with Kevin McHale post moves. They’re slashers and athletes who need angles. Last year there was limited space for them to operate.”