Dec. 1, 2006
The Washington men's basketball team completes a seven-game homestand Monday, Dec. 4, hosting Southern Utah at 7 p.m. The Huskies are off to a 6-0 start and are ranked 13th in the Associated Press poll.
Forward Phil Nelson is one of five freshmen playing for UW. The Keizer, Oregon native (McNary High School) has participated in all six games. He is averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Nelson talked this week with GoHuskies.com
GoHuskies.com: What are your thoughts on the season so far?
Phil Nelson: "Things are going really well. We are 6-0, and things seem to be getting better. We have nowhere to go but up. We need to turn the ball over less."
GoHuskies: What is the biggest difference between the college and high school game?
PN: "Everybody can play. You don't see that `main player', I mean you sometimes do, but more often than not, everyone is pretty decent."
GoHuskies: The team ends a seven-game homestand on Monday. How have you enjoyed playing at home?
PN: "It's been great, but I don't think we have seen the full capacity, or what it can be like. We have had a good stand here at home. We haven't got to see what the road is like, but that is coming up."
GoHuskies: Are you excited about playing on the road?
PN: "Yeah, I'm anxious to play no matter what. Whether it is home or away. If we had played the last seven games away, I would have the same feeling."
GoHuskies: Has it been difficult learning to play with a new group of players?
PN: "I think us playing together in the summer did a lot. We know what each other are capable of doing. App (Ryan Appleby) is a shooter, Artem (Wallace) defends the post, Quincy (Pondexter) is going to score. Everyone shows what they can do during the summer. That helps when the season comes around."
GoHuskies: What veteran teammates do you turn to for advice?
PN: "I'd talk to JD (Justin Dentmon) and Brock (Jon Brockman), because they were here last year, and they have been playing a lot. They obviously know what it is going to be like on the road and at home. I kind of rely on them sometimes."
GoHuskies: Your friends and family back home in Oregon have no doubt watched UW games on FSN Northwest. What have they said about the Huskies?
PN: "They just like the way we play. They know that when I was in high school, I really liked to run and that is what we are doing right now. They are saying that we are fun to watch."
GoHuskies: What are your thoughts on the Huskies being ranked No. 13?
PN: "I really don't care too much about the rankings. This is one of the highest rankings we have had at the beginning of the season, and it is definitely a good thing. We will keep moving up as we win."
GoHuskies: How hard is it balancing school and basketball?
PN: "It is difficult. It is my first quarter here academically, so it is taking its toll. But it is getting better."
GoHuskies: What is your favorite class right now?
PN: "I'm kind of into the geology class right now. I haven't studied geology before and it is pretty exciting. The teacher kind of got me into it a little bit."