STEW MORRILL QUOTES 11-18-2011

The following are quotes from Utah State men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill prior to its home game against Southern Utah. Opening Comments: “We’re just trying to see if we can get a little better, that’s what we’re trying to do. We weren’t very good the other night and we’ve got a long way to go. We’re trying to get a little better as we go. We’ve got to improve to get where we’d like to be, that’s for sure. I like the group of kids we have, I think they’re going to get better. They’re good kids and for the most part they practice pretty hard. We have a few guys that still have to learn some practice habits, but for the most part we are trying. I always tell teams if you’re doing your best that’s about all anybody can ask is doing your best.” On Southern Utah: “Southern Utah is off to a really good start and watching them on film they’re playing pretty well. They’re looking to push the ball, they’re scoring some points and doing some good things. They’re always well coached, they always execute well and they’re always going to play hard. They’ve come in here at times and slowed the game down a little bit and ran us around before they try and score. Who knows if they’ll do that again, but it will be a good game for us for sure.” On Practices This Time Of Year With So Many Games: “I would like more. You try and place your days off strategically. With us playing this game Saturday and then playing again onTuesday, and having to travel, we did take the day off after the Weber State game. We watched every possession of the Weber game on film, so I don’t know if the players feel like we really took the day off, we didn’t practice. We practice for two days before the Southern Utah game and we will practice through the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi game. It has been good to emphasissome things and work on some things. We had a number of breakdowns in terms of our defense, your going to have some, but we had way too many in the Weber State game.” On Mitch Bruneel’s Play Thus Far: “He has been doing a real solid job, we need him to become a stopper defensively and that’s asking a lot because here is a kid who was a junior college four-man and we’re playing him at the three. He’s not what you would call lightning quick or anything like that, but he is determined, he is trying to get physical and he’s a little bit older, and we definitely need him to continue to grow. We need a lot of guys to continue to grow, we’re coming off the bench with a bunch of freshmen. Kyisean (Reed) and E.J. (Farris) are about the only guys who aren’t freshmen and when you look at Adam(Thoseby), and Steven (Thornton), and Ben Clifford and Jordan Stone, we arecoming off the bench with four freshmen, so it’s going to be a little bit of a process for them to get comfortable I believe. On Southern Utah’s Ramell Taylor: “He’s an awfully good player. He’s an athletic four-man and really aggressive offensively. They run a lot of stuff to get him the ball and he hurt us last year. I think the point guard (Ray Jones, Jr.) has really improved his shooting and pushes the break for them and does a lot of good things. Their two-guard (Damon Heuir) had a game over 30 a couple of games ago. (Jackson) Stevenette is a typical three-man that Roger (Reid) has had there, that looks to post up and looks to drive it, and they isolate him some. They’ve got a nice mix, (Matt) Massey is a big five guy that is pretty skilled. They’ve got a nice mix of personnel and have some experience, and I’m sure they feel like they’re an improved basketball team and they should feel that way, they’re off to a nice start.” On Your Relationship With Roger Reid: “Roger and I have always been good friends. I think the world of Roger. Going back to the days when we competed as head coaches when I was at Colorado State and he was at BYU. And then before that we were assistants at the same time, and both of us grew up in the state of Utah. We have similarities in some of the things we try to do in coaching teams. I’ve always thought Roger Reid is a really good basketball coach, and as this profession does, sometimes you have multiple stops along the way. Him and Iboth have had some stops and you feel fortunate if you can just stay employed.”

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