Quotes from Coach Rob Evans at Men's Basketball Media Day
Oct. 12, 2005
On expectations...'We have a relatively new basketball team. We lost three starters in Jason Braxton, Steve Moore and Ike Diogu. We have some new faces. It's going to be a different basketball team. It will be a little bit more diversified; a little bit more balance going. Hopefully we'll be a better defensive basketball team. I think we'll push the ball a little bit more. Run a little bit more. We don't have any body in the pivot area that can replace Ike Diogu. We hope, with the three guys we have in the position, we can collectively get the same amount of points and rebounds. The perimeter people should be really good. Bryson Krueger came back playing really well. Kevin Kruger came back bigger and stronger and really shooting the ball well. The point guard position will be really good with Tyrone Jackson and Antwi Atuahene. Both of those guys are really talented. We are looking forward to getting these guys out and getting started and seeing how much better we can get.'
On players stepping up...'I expect most of the players here to play a major role. Bruno Claudino is a guy who I think has a great chance to be very good. 6'8 from Southern Idaho. Really runs the floor well. Can score inside, can score from the perimeter. Rebounds the ball well. I really like him. He's got some experience. Antwi Atuahene is a really solid point guard. He sees the floor really well. He'll get some easy baskets for guys when they're running. He knows how to run a basketball team. I think Sylvester Seay has a chance to be really special. He is very athletic. He can stroke the ball and rebound well. He is a big key for us. He plays small forward for us. He has a lot of talent. It's a matter of just tapping into it. I think we have the pieces, they just need experience. Hopefully in our practices and our early season we can get some experience so we'll be ready for conference play.'
On team balance...'I think this team will be a very good defensive ball club. A little bit like the teams I had early on in my career at Mississippi. A little more balanced offensively. A little more athletic to where they can create some turnovers. Not so much one-dimensional. Not always going in to one guy. Night in and night out, different guys scoring. I want this team to be the best defensive team I've coach at Arizona State. We are really going to push hard for that. We around going to score. We just need to stop people.'
On being one dimensional last year...'We have guys that we can go to and score. Serge Angounou, we can run him inside and get us a crucial basket if we need to have it. Hopefully we are going to be a lot more balanced basketball team. I think that's what we have to have to be successful.'
On Serge Angounou...'[He is] as healthy as I think he is going to be. It generally takes two years to come off the type of surgery he had. I think his surgery is a little like [Amaré] Stoudemire's, but a little more difficult. I think that he is starting to get his confidence back and his touch back. I think you'll see a different Serge Angounou then you've seen.'
On new faces...'Clicking is always a concern when you have so many new faces and lose as many starters as we did. You have the early season practices, the scrimmages and the exhibition games and have the non-conference season to test these guys and see where they are to get ready for the conference season. I think these guys are up to the task.'
On getting prepared for conference season...'I think the fact that we have some early exhibition games will give us a chance to go through some things and get us working on the same page. Once we get our whole team together, we'll be a very good basketball team.'