Lute Olson's Weekly Press Conference Quotes

Oct. 25, 2001

Arizona Men's Basketball
Oct. 25, 2001
Lute Olson Weekly Press Conference Quotes

'The guys have been working very hard in practice. The chemistry is stillvery good which it seemed to be immediately based on what I heard from the veteran playersabout how well the freshmen were fitting in.

On the departure of sophomore guard Travis Hanour:
'He had been playing very well at both wing positions. There is obviouslya huge hole, but the program will move forward.

'The two walk-ons have done a really good job. We're fine with what we haveprovided that we don't have injuries. There isn't anything you can do aboutit you just have to go with it.

'At this point, (freshman center) Isaiah Fox has twice as many reboundsin practice than any of our other big guys. When we look at what we needout of that position, somebody who is a consistent rebounder is going tobe the most attractive to us.

'(Freshman center) Channing Frye's last couple of practices have far andaway been the best that he's ever had. His improvement has been very steadybut I think it showed up the last couple of days. He's not having to thinkabout everything now, he's reacting. He's the best runner of the group.

Comments On Entering the NBA Draft early:
'The biggest problem is, when it comes to kids deciding whether to comeout or not, they're listening to people tell them what they want to hearinstead of relying of people that probably have a pretty good idea.

On Rick Anderson:
'I think the additional year of maturity has been the biggest thing. WithLuke and Ricky, we have been working them both inside and out so that theycan work together. I think he's a lot better because he's a year older.

On freshmen:
'I think they have made excellent progress because they want to learn andthey have excellent attitudes. I think the learning curve has been good.Its similar to freshmen before probably. The biggest thing is we don't haveenough veterans to help as most teams would.

'Luke Walton is far and away our leading assist man and his assist to turnoverratio is something like 2.7 to 1.

'We need our guards to be able to come close to what Luke is doing.

'The improvement with the big guys defensively has been marked.

'I think that there are a lot of similarities between Isaiah and (formerWildcat) Joseph Blair. Isaiah is big but he runs fluidly, he has good feet,great hands. Comparing him to guys on the team, I would say he and Lukehave the best hands. Isaiah has outstanding ability and is going to eventuallybe a really good leader. He understands the game and is already communicatinga lot out on the floor.

'(Freshman guard) Salim (Stoudamire) has tremendous basketball aptitude.He picks things up very quickly. He's an intense player both mentally andphysically.'

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