Quotes From Weekly Bob Bender Press Conference
Tuesday, January 4, 2000
ON WASHINGTON INJURIES: "(Chris) Walcott's MRI yesterday showed no ligament, meniscus or ACL problems. They feel he might have some extra tissue on the front of his knee and that's where the pain is coming from. At this point they don't feel inclined to go in and do anything surgically.
"Grant Leep's MRI is today. They have to wait for the swelling to go down to do an MRI. He's out indefinitely, probably a minimum of six weeks. Our plan is to apply for a red-shirt for Grant immediately.
"Deon (Luton) is day-to-day and is cleared to practice today so that's really encouraging. We just have to be cautious that he doesn't have any reoccurrences of the spasms.
"Senque (Carey) is on medication for the chest pains but he's cleared completely for practice today, so there's another positive.
"Greg Clark is cleared to go but the shoulder problem will be there the rest of the year. There's nothing surgically they would do at this point. It's just a matter of hoping it doesn't pop out again but being realistic, it could."
ON WASHINGTON CENTER MARLON SHELTON: "Marlon definitely goes into the rotation in a permanent way. He earned his minutes before any of these injuries occurred. I'm really proud of that kid. He's come a long way from where he was even at the end of his freshman year to where he is now. The light at the end of the tunnel is bright."
ON WASHINGTON GUARD BRYAN BROWN: "Bryan Brown is one we can go to. I won't hesitate going back to him because he goes in with a lot of confidence. He just needs more time to make more prudent decisions on some shots. For two years, there are parts of our team that have become tougher because of his personality even though he doesn't play that much. When he gets on a roll in practice he makes you have to play better. We've played him as a shooter and this year we've asked him to be more of a ball handler which is different than at any other time in his career."
ON UCLA: "They're very talented. With JaRon Rush out of it, that puts (Jason) Kapono in a position as a freshman to play more and have to be productive and he's responded. When they have to make a change for an injury, many times at UCLA they're replacing them with another All-American."
ON UCLA GUARD EARL WATSON: "Earl Watson has always been the guy that settles them down and really sets tempo. He pushes it and Baron (Davis) would push it but when they would go slower and set up in half court, a lot of times at the end of games, the ball would be in his (Watson's) hands. The difference this year is that I see him as more aggressive to score."