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JTIII Talks to Us

(Hoya Fans are already calling me fat and lazy for joking about the food and parking. Wowzers. Tough world out there. Frankly, this is the first time in my life I've been called fat, and after my marathon hole-to-hole coverage of the D.C. United mini-golf event, I'm not too sure about lazy either. I will say this; when I write about cheese, people are a lot less acerbic.)

Anyhow, we all just talked to JTIII for a good while as his team shot around. Here were some of the highlights, and this is based on my running typed transcript, and not the actual tape, but if any words are off, the differences are very very slight. Hoya fans, feel free to take this as more evidence of my laziness and fatness.

On the addition of Ewing the Younger to the lineup: "I've said to many people that I think Patrick won games for us [last year] not being able to be on the floor, just with his energy and his enthusiasm....He's another piece to our puzzle."

On Ewing wearing No. 33: "Well, I told him that if he wanted to wear 33 he had to call Alonzo and ask Alonzo. Alonzo said it was ok, so we let him wear 33."

On Jonathan Wallace's added responsibilities: "Jon's gonna have to do a lot of things that he hasn't done...for us to have success this year....We're gonna need him to be a lot more aggressive and assertive, whether it be running the team, whether it be trying to score, whether it be overall play."

On the freshmen: "Freshmen are freshmen. You know, we have an extremely talented group....Like a lot of freshmen, they all walk in the door thinking they're going to be the next Patrick Ewing or Allen Iverson, but they worked extremely hard....One day, maybe sooner than later, they're going to be the focal point of what we do."

On which freshmen will play this year: "Let me go through at least a week of practice before I answer that."

On the fans: "The ticket people told me that this year we have the second-highest amount of student tickets sold ever, the second-highest amount of season tickets ever....It's extremely important, and we're extremely appreciative."

On his team's mental state: "I think this group is extremely hungry. I think this group has an understanding that what other people expect, what other people think is irrelevant."

On some of his players' ambitious talk of being among the nation's best: "They're young; they've got a lot to learn...They also realize that there's a lot of work that goes into it, a lot of commitment, a lot of things have to happen right. And I think they also realize we do have a lot of holes, a lot of questions that do need to be answered. But if everything falls into place, can we possibly be one of those teams? Yeah, I think so."

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 5:34 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Good stuff Dan!

Posted by: Randy | October 14, 2006 1:31 AM | Report abuse

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