Nov. 7, 2006
Just a sophomore, Justin Dentmon will be one of the most experienced Huskies this season. As a freshman, the native from Illinois directed the Huskies to a second-consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance. Dentmon and the Huskies expect similar results this season.
GoHuskies.com: How was your experience of making it to the Sweet Sixteen last year for you?
Justin Dentmon: Awesome. It was just exciting and energizing, and a really big deal.
GH: What was it like to play in such a big game, with so many people watching?
JD: It was great knowing that everybody from my hometown was watching that game. You just get that feeling in your head that everybody's watching you. You know that you're going to get a phone call or two after the game saying what a great job you did.
GH: How's the preseason going? How is practice looking?
JD: It's going pretty good. We have a lot of young guys right now, so there's a lot of stuff to teach. Practice is going by pretty slow right now. But they're starting to pick it up, so practice is getting better and better.
GH: Even though you're a sophomore, you are considered one of the more experienced players on the team. Are the older, more experienced guys taking charge and making sure the young players know what's going on?
JD: We try to do as much as we can both on and off the court. We're getting them to learn the system. We're teaching them, and the coaches are doing a good job of teaching them too. I think that if they keep going in the direction they're heading, they're all going to be really good.
GH: How's the team looking?
JD: We're looking alright, but you really don't know too much until you play a game.
GH: How difficult is it to practice with so many guys out with injuries? JD: Well at the beginning of practice, we only had nine guys healthy. But once we get over that hump of injury, we'll look alright.
GH: What can Husky fans expect from you this year?
JD: You can expect me to be more of a leader, and more of a scorer.