Brandon Roy Press Conference Quotes

Brandon Roy Press Conference Quotes
Bank of America Arena
Monday, April 25, 2005

'The last three or four weeks have been pretty tough for me in deciding what to do for the future. I knew if I was going to come back I wanted to come back and give the team my total attention. I knew if I was going to declare for the NBA draft I would have to do some things away from them and I felt like that would have hurt the team. I have decided to return to the University of Washington for my senior season. I am not going to do any camps or enter the draft.

'Some big things that really made me want to stay were the fans that showed me great appreciation for things that I have done in the past and things that they think I can do in the future. I am looking forward to this upcoming season and I wish it were October now. I really enjoy being around my teammates and being in college has been a great experience for me. I am going to do my best to try and make this team as good as the last team was.

After next year though I think the sky will be the limit for me. I didn't want to go into the NBA through the back door, I want to go in through the front door and I think coming back next year is the best way for me to do that.'

On Brandon Roy:

'When we took over the program Brandon Roy had already signed. It has been well documented that he could have gone to a lot of other universities that had a lot more tradition and been further along. The University of Washington was not winning at the time and he thought that it would be a great challenge to stay here and do his part to build this program to where it would be nationally ranked. It took a couple of years, but he has played a big part in that happening.

When you watch us play he is not the guy that tries to draw attention to himself and he is content with playing a very unselfish brand of basketball. I also say that no one has seen the real Brandon Roy. I thought we saw glimpses of it earlier this year before he injured his knee and I thought we began to see it at the end of the year.

Brandon Roy is a phenomenal basketball player and I think in coming back for his senior year the world will really be able to see what he can do on the basketball court. I think he is going to be on a mission and come back and be in the best shape of his life and join arms with the rest of the guys to continue to leave a big imprint on this basketball program.

He is a very bright young man and I have a lot of respect for him. Every team needs someone that can just flat out make plays and Brandon is one of those guys. He has the ability to separate you from some of those other teams because he is so versatile. He can do a lot of different things. He has literally played all five positions at one time or another since he has been here and has handled them all quite well. That is a guy that is a difference maker. There is not a better player in the league that has not been all-conference, and I think he would have been if he would have been healthy last year.'

On the departure of assistant coach Ken Bone, now the head coach at Portland State:
'I think that it is great that this was able to happen for him. I would imagine that it will eventually happen for the other coaches. It is cause for celebration, I don't think it is a mourning process at all although we will definitely miss what Ken brings to the table. He is really sharp and has really helped us here. He is a big part of our recent success and at the same time because he is that good you are probably going to lose him sooner or later.

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