Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day: Oregon State

Oct. 29, 2009

Oregon State Head Coach Craig Robinson

Opening Statement
“Last time I was here, I was first [on the podium], so nice not to be going first. Hopefully, next year I will be on after the break.

Last year I was here, I wanted to change the culture. This year, I have to change the mindset that we can’t sneak up on everybody. When you are expected to win, you have to have a certain mindset. We have been fortunate to avoid injuries through the first part of practice. The biggest growth for this team is being able to manage higher expectations. Last year, we were able to sneak up on a lot of people, we won’t be able to do that this year.“

Thoughts on top-100 guard Roberto Nelson?
“We are waiting for Roberto Nelson to be cleared by the NCAA Clearing House. Once he  is cleared, I think he will fit right in and have an impact.”

Talk about Roeland Schaftenaar wanting to transfer last season.
“Roeland [Schaftenaar] wanted to transfer when I was hired and we talked him into staying. We told him that we would help him more if he stayed. He is one of the better ball-handlers on the team and is everything you want in a point-center. He has put on 25 pounds during the offseason so that will help his development.”


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