Bits and pieces, notes and quotes

Emptying the notebook from the past week turns up a lot of stuff on USI men’s basketball that didn’t really fit in a complete story or made that story much too long but is still interesting. So here goes:

— USI coach Rodney Watson on the time it took for his team to turn around its season and play consistently in-your-face hoops for 40 minutes: “It’s kind of like baking a cake. You take it out of the oven after 15 minutes, that won’t work for you.”

— Point guard Lawrence Thomas on the turnaround: “Better late than never. Coach puts a lot of ownership on us. I think our seniors have done a really good job of accepting our roles.”

— Thomas on fellow senior Ben Jones and his becoming a consistently deadly 3-point shooter off the bench in the GLVC tournament: “He has my utmost respect. It’s not long (after the start) when he gets in a game and then has the moxie to hit those shots. I don’t know if I could do that.  Then he gets to guard the best player on the other team and has to hit shots. He could have shut down (after losing his starting job). He didn’t. He did the opposite.”

— USI assistant coaches Blake Woodard and Stetson Hairston on sophomore redshirt guard Bobo Drummond, who kept burying 3-pointers at Wednesday’s practice while playing on the scout team that was running Michigan Tech’s offense: “Glad we have him for three more years.”

— Senior Aaron Nelson, USI’s starting center and leading scorer and rebounder, after being named All-Midwest Region Player of the Year by the region’s sports information directors: “So far I couldn’t picture a better season after coming off an ACL injury (the middle of last season). The other guys are keeping me going.”

— Watson on Nelson’s getting the honor: “The other key element to this is he’s on a good team. Not only does he make his teammates better, but his teammates make him better. When you’re on a good team, everybody makes everybody better.”

— Senior Orlando Rutledge, on his defense against Bellarmine’s Keisten Jones in the title game of the GLVC tournament, in which Jones was just 1-for-3 from 3-point range and never consistently was able to drive to the rim: “He’s a shooter and coach (Watson) told me to take away his sight by getting my elbows right in front of his eyes, where he can’t see. But he’s the toughest to guard in the league.”

 

 

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