Comments From Henry Bibby

Nov. 28, 2000

Comments from Henry Bibby - Nov. 28, 2000

(On what playing in the Wooden Classic means to him):'I like being a part of it because of what Coach Wooden stands for. He stands for education and hard work. I know what it means to him.'

(On whether any players on the USC team remind him of how players used to be in Wooden's era):'Brian Scalabrine is an old-school player. He is fundamentally sound. He is teachable and coachable. He's a hard-nosed guy who would do what he's asked to do. You don't find many like him any more.'

(On the progression of freshman Desmon Farmer):'I think he's further ahead than we expected at this time. With Jeff Trepagnier sidelined, this has given him an opportunity to show his talent level. He's very, very talented, but he doesn't know how to play yet. You can see his enthusiasm. He likes to try to get the crowd going. He's one of our best rebounders and shooters and he can drive to the basket. When he plays defense, he's one of our best, but he doesn't always sustain it.

'Now there's not too many better then Jeff Trepagnier. With his athleticism and the way he shoots and defends, you want him back, but you can't push him before he's ready. With Farmer, we don't miss too much in scoring. He's averaging close to 14 a game. We miss a four-year senior, who is experienced and older. We know what he brings every game. We don't know about Desmon yet.'

(On fifth-year senior Tyler Murphy, who redshirted last year after transferring from Vermont):'He's a very good shooter. He showed that last year in practice. He can also drive to the basket and he's proven to be a solid defender. But he hasn't really played much in two years. He brings a nice little niche to the team. He fills a little void we have. He can play the two or the three and even a little at point. He's an unselfish, team player.'

(On Kostas Charissis):'He's a European player still. He's still making the adjustment. I thought he played very well in the exhibition season and in practice. Sometimes, the lights come on and the kids don't respond. I told him don't worry about this year. Next year is when the pressure starts.'

(On playing Robert Hutchinson in the backcourt with Brandon Granville):I like what they add out there. Both can shoot and both do not make a lot of mistakes. They're very conservative players that play well together.'

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