March 17, 2006
Brandon Roy, Senior, Guard
On if he felt he'd be at this level while in high school four years ago:
"I wouldn't have thought that I'd be playing for four years and fitting into the situation I'm in. But, that's life. I've had some unfortunate things happen in the past that put me in the position I'm in today. Looking back, I'm happy that things turned out the way they did. I feel like I'm having a good year and that I get the he chance to meet and teach younger players. To go through this experience with them has made it even more special. Looking back, I didn't think I would be in this situation, but I'm glad I'm here. I've always seen players leaving high school for the NABnd you always ask `where are they at?' For a minute, I felt like I was one of those guys. I wasn't in the newspaper and I wasn't on television. It really made me focus and work even harder to get back to having fun playing basketball and going to school. It was a turning point in my life. It not only made me a better basketball player, BA, and you always ask "where are they at?" For a minute, I felt like I was one of those guys. I wasn't in the newspaper and I wasn't on television. It really made me focus and work even harder to get back to having fun playing basketball and going to school. It was a turning point in my life. It not only made me a better basketball player, but a stronger person. It made me handle adversity better. I had to go through that to make me the player I am today."
On Illinois forward Brian Randle:
"I don't know a lot about what he brings, but he's a very long guy and very athletic. That itself is going to present problems. When I score great baskets, a lot of it is how my teammates do in getting me the ball. Justin Dentmon and Mike Jensen set good screens and put me into positions that I can score. It's not going to be a one-man show of "I have to beat this guy." I have to make sure I get open enough to give him problems and make him fight for screens. He's a good player, and I look forward to the opportunity to go at him. He's got a great reputation, and it's always fun to play a good defender."
On last year:
"Last year, I started the first three games of the season, and then I tore my knee. I had to miss 19 days, and I came back early to help the team. But I wasn't at full strength to play every game. I told coach that I'd be fine coming off the bench and not messing up the team chemistry. I told him to use me where needs to, and as I get in better shape, I'd be fine. Last season went really well for us, and I didn't want to mess that up. I just played that season as a sixth man and tried to be the best sixth man possible and help my team win."
On Illinois slowing down their game:
"It's going to be a struggle. They're much better in a half-court setting, and we're better in the up-tempo game. It will be a fight between two teams trying to impose their will on one another. We feel that if they get us in a half-court set, they'll have the advantage. We have to do whatever we can to push the ball. They'll be one of the toughest defensive team we'll play. I'd compare them to UCLA. " On pressure to perform in a big-game situation:
"I don't really feel that much pressure. I always tell the guys that we're a better team when all five of us are being aggressive. I felt that late against Oregon that we fell away from that. I tell the team to be aggressive, because we're so much better and harder to guard. As the game is going, I'm going to let everything just come to me a try to get the win."
Justin Dentmon, Freshman, Guard
On Illinois coach Bruce Weber:
"I've known Bruce Weber since he was at Southern Illinois University. In terms of why I chose Washington, I just felt my style didn't fit Illinois, and that my style fits Washington perfectly."
On Brandon Roy:
"He works hard, he's dedicated, and he has the will to win. That's something most players don't have. People talk about J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison, and I think they should be talking about Brandon Roy. He makes everyone around him better. We'd struggle if he weren't on this team."
On being from Illinois and playing Illinois:
"I know that everyone in Illinois is going to be watching that game. They're going to try to make it into a rivalry game, but it's just another game for me. I'm going to play them like I play everybody else." yone in Illinois is going to be watching that game. They're going to