Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Geno on Jim, UConn men

The Register's Jim Fuller sent these quotes from Geno Auriemma, talking about the UConn men's success shortly after the Husky women advanced to the Final Four with a rout of Duke:

"I don't think anybody going into the season thought that this team could be better than last year's team given who they graduated and how many young guys they brought in but I was walking through the gym one day in September and it may even have been in the summer when everybody was up for summer school, I remember walking through the gym and I saw them playing pickup. I remember saying to Kemba (Walker) 'I haven't this much noise or seen this kind of intensity in these pickup games in maybe three or four years. Some how, some way you guys manage to keep this up, you guys are going to be a lot of fun to watch. ' You could just see that there was something there. I think Jim (Calhoun), he is like a lot of coaches, when you get a team that every day when you see them you sense something different about them, something special about them, I think it kind of motivates you to coach with even more passion than you usually do. Not to say we don't (in other years) but he has brought out the best in this team and this team has brought out the best in him. That is usually what happens when stories like this kind of evolve."

And here's what he had to say about Kemba Walker and Maya Moore:

"Walker and Moore are) two of the best players in America and two of the best players in college basketball, two of the most exciting players. One is going to be in Houston and one is going to be in Indianapolis and they both play at the University of Connecticut and that is something for all of us to be proud of."

Some nice words from Geno.

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