Aug. 17, 2007
Junior Justin Dentmon joined his Husky teammates Friday in their first of 10 practices leading up to their trip to Greece later this month. The team will only travel nine players, so each figures to get a significant amount of playing time in five games. Incoming freshman are not allowed to participate.
GoHuskies.com caught up with Justin prior to the first practice.
GoHuskies.com: What do you anticipate this season with all of the guards on the roster?
Justin Dentmon: "I expect a lot of competitiveness. We will be very aggressive and run a lot of four-guard offense which is exciting. We didn't do it as often last year, but we'll be getting back to it."
GoHuskies: How was your summer?
JD: "I worked out every day and worked harder than I ever have. Eating healthy was a major focus. When my mind was telling me to give up I just pushed myself even harder. I embraced the idea that every day I wasn't in the gym there was someone else in the gym getting better than me."
GoHuskies: What do the players expect in these 10 days of practice leading up to the trip to Greece?
JD: "Everybody is nervous. No one really knows what to expect, especially with practice. The coaches told us they won't be as hard as the regular season would be, but we'll see. We will do a lot of work on our fundamentals."
GoHuskies: What are you most looking forward to about the trip?
JD: "I've never been out of the United States. I am looking forward to playing some basketball. I actually hope we don't do a lot of traveling. It may a little hard to focus on basketball, but we'll find a way. We'll all be together and this will be the longest we've ever been together for this long. The competition will be rough. We'll be playing against older men and they will not be willing to let Americans come in a push them around."
GoHuskies: How special is this trip for you?
JD: "This is big time. No one would've thought that little-ol'-me coming from little ol'-Carbondale would be going overseas. I think it is a great accomplishment. A lot of people at home say that I've been blessed."
GoHuskies: What do you expect to gain from the class the team will take prior to the trip?
JD: "I look at it as another class. I am an art major and we look at a lot of architecture. It will be very interesting to go see those things in person and bring the knowledge back."
GoHuskies: What are your thoughts on the upcoming season and what games are you excited for?
JD: "Every game on the calendar. I feel that every team we play against is another game that we have something to prove. I like being the underdog because we get to surprise a lot of people. This trip to Greece will set the tone and show us some of how good we will be. If we play well over there we will have a great start."