Senior Forward Drew Gordon
Did you shoot any threes in high school? How many threes have you shot in your entire life?
“Three or maybe four; that shot was just an end-of-game situation where I wasn’t going to lose the game or the momentum was going to swing in the other direction. The coaches told me no and I said yes and it just worked out. “
You’re scoring a lot more in the last few games, is that something that’s intentional?
“I like to pass out of the post a lot, but I know that teams will be able to pick up on that easily so that’s why I had to start getting to the basket more. That way the coverage will pull in and I’ll have the ability to distribute out of the post. But I’m definitely trying to get to the basket more.”
Do you think your evolution from a double-double guy to an elite scorer has something to do with your improved jump shot?
“Definitely, when I didn’t shoot the ball past ten feet teams just sat on top of me and they were able to double me knowing I wasn’t going to be able to shoot the ball, but now I’ve been able to shoot and step out. That’s opened a lot of things up because now teams have to be more cautious and it really helps our offense.”
How are you holding up after playing 38 minutes tonight?
“I’m holding up, there are definitely some bumps and bruises but it’s March. It’s tournament time and this is what college players live for. Whether it is 12 minutes of 32 minutes as long as we win I’m happy and I’ll show up to play the next day.”
Boise State played four guards tonight is that something you like or is it a completely different game?
“I like it, because it gives us a different look and it really puts us up for a challenge defensively. Boise State is a good team and they were able to drive us whenever they wanted to, so that prepares us for other teams that play that way.”
You haven’t really faced adversity like you did today against the Broncos, what does it say about the team that you were able to come back from being down?
“I think the team really builds on each other. When you face adversity it can go two ways: people start arguing and it goes south or people support each other and make sure that whatever their role is they play it to the best of their abilities and they’re there to pick other people up.”
Freshman Guard Hugh Greenwood
Who is the Hugh Greenwood that played this week? Where did he come from?
“He came from a guy who wanted to win. I really wanted to win, winning a championship level was one of my dreams coming here and to do it on senior night was great. They’ve been great ambassadors for this program and to see them win and celebrate the right way was great. I’m happy we won and we’re going to embrace the moment, but we still have a long way to go.”
What are your feelings going into your first postseason as a freshman?
“They’re great, I’m excited. We’re looking forward to going into the tournament. We’ll wait and see what happens with TCU and SDSU and our seeding then we’ll able to start preparing accordingly.”
Will the mindset be any different if the team is ranked on Monday?
“I think it’ll be nice and I think that being ranked is where we should be, and if we are we can’t be content and complacent with that. That’s what happened last week we got ahead of ourselves and we weren’t able to wrap up the regular season championship. We bounced back and took care of business and now we’re champions.”
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