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Q&A With Artem Wallace
Release: 12/28/2005
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Freshman Artem Wallace is successfully making the transition from Toledo High School to the University of Washington. Although he is not posting huge statistics, Wallace's contributions have not gone unnoticed by Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. The native of Russia has proved to be a stellar inside defender, tough rebounder and has displayed nice moves around the basket. Wallace recently sat down with Gohuskies.com's Jesse Hulsing to discuss how the season is progressing for the No. 7 Huskies.

GoHuskies.com: How excited are you about the start of the Pac-10 season?
Artem Wallace:
There is no describing, I am just real excited about it. All of the older guys have been talking about what it is like, and I can't wait to experience it for myself.

GH: Coming from a small high school, how does playing in front of the type of crowd at Bank of America Arena change your game?
Wallace:
It is a totally different atmosphere, there is no comparison. It doesn't really change my game a whole lot, but it might.

GH: What has been your favorite game this year?
Wallace:
Probably Gonzaga, because of the crowd. It was just incredible, the fans were just awesome.

GH: How would you respond to people saying your schedule has been weak?
Wallace:
I don't really know how to respond to those claims having to do with scheduling. We played Gonzaga, and you cannot call that game weak. We'll see what happens when the Pac-10 season starts.

GH: What are the team's goals for the year?
Wallace:
We just want to go as far as we can. We'll play hard and see what happens from there.

GH: What kind of an impact does your freshman class have on the team?
Wallace:
Well, we have two freshmen starting with Jon (Brockman) and Justin (Dentmon). That is definitely quite an impact, and I think we have a pretty good class.

GH: Everyone hears stories about Jon Brockman inflicting pain on his teammates in practice. How intense do the low post battles get?
Wallace:
In the low post, it is definitely pretty intense. It is very physical, but it is practice and it makes us better.

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