Quotes From Coach Herb Sendek's Weekly Press Conference

Nov. 17, 2008

Coach Herb Sendek

On what he has learned from last season's 62-47 loss to Nebraska:
'We've talked about what happened at Nebraska, and you want to learn from every experience, but it's a new year. It's a new game on Tuesday. We're not focused on Nebraska; that was a lifetime ago. It's there for whatever it's worth. That's not what we're spending on our time on. We're spending our time on Arizona State, first and foremost, and secondly, on San Diego State. Right now, we are consumed with improvement.'

On San Diego State, the Sun Devils next opponent:
'They're a very good basketball team. I think they won 25 games last year. They're athletic, they extend the floor, pressure; they do a good job in their man to man defenses, switches, trapping the low post. We'll have to be alert on every pass.'

On improving team rebounding, both offensively and defensively:
'Part of it is awareness. It's not one of those really complicated things, its just attaching a level of importance to it and then just having the constitution to consistently go out and get the ball. They were a garden variety. There were some that were right at the rim, others that were long rebounds from the 3-point shots. There was a garden variety, something to serve every taste. Everybody has ownership in rebounding. It's a five-man proposition. Four guys can block out and do what they're supposed to, it just takes one guy to have his guard down and the other team gets the ball. You have to seal off all possibilities.'

On guard Ty Abbot's rebounding last Friday night:
'Ty has great athletic ability and strength; rebounding can be something he really excels in. He's gotten stronger and his body fat is lower. He's added lean muscle mass.'

On the state of Derek's injured finger:
'We've had a lot of rhythm interrupters in practice. We haven't had anything, fortunately, that has been long term, but it's been one thing after another keeping guys out of practice for days. Derek toughed it out and played on Friday night. Came back and wasn't able to do much on Saturday because the finger was swollen and pretty sore. Then he practiced most of yesterday, so hopefully he will continue to get better. He has a protective guard over it and he's trying to fight through it the best he can.'

On freshman Taylor Rhode's first game as a Sun Devil:
'Taylor is making progress. He creates action and knows how to play. On offense he really instigates movement, creating good action points.'

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