Quotes from Romar, Wroten and Ross
Lorenzo Romar:What it means to win Coach of the Year:
Obviously, it helps when you win. It helps when you recruit good kids with good talent. I can't sayenough about my coaching staff, because they share this too. It should be 'Coaching Staff of the Year'because they have done a good job as well.
What does this say about the program:
I would just say that there is some stability and consistency.
Thoughts on neither of your guys winning player of the year:
A few years ago we felt Quincy Pondexter should have won it, but he didn’t. Jerome Randle, who was aheckuva player won it. The thought was that they won the league. This time, that wasn’t the case and Iapplaud Jorge (Gutierrez)…and not only him, but Allen Crabbe. He could have won it too. He is aheckuva player. I would have liked to have seen one of our guys win player of the year more than me getcoach of the year. But, that is no knock on Jorge, because I and our whole team respects Jorge Gutierrez.
Do you think this can be motivation for a guy like Terrence:
It was for Quincy and we won the tournament that year.
Talk about Wroten:
Tony came in with a lot of accolades and a lot of anticipation and people were very critical of him early. Ithink he has lived up and maybe exceeded some of the expectations. I just thought he was a hands-downchoice for freshman of the year and the fact that he was all-conference and a player of the year candidateas a freshman speaks volumes as to what kind of basketball player he is.
Tony Wroten:On being freshman of the year:
It's an honor and just such a blessing and I want to thank God for everything. It's a tough conference witha lot of good freshmen, so for me to get it is a great reward.
Was it a goal to win the award coming into the season:
It definitely was. I wanted to be one of the top freshmen in the country and my goal was to get Pac-12Freshman of the Year.
Reaction to winning the conference outright:
Excitement. I kind of felt we lost it ourselves when we lost at UCLA, but Cal gave us another chance andit was exciting to win one.
Thoughts on you or Terrence not earning Player of the Year:
Definitely we can use it as motivation. I for sure thought Terrence was going to get player of the year.Gutierrez is a good player and has been here for a long time, but I felt like Terrence did enough to wherehe was player of the year. To top it off, we won the conference so I thought Terrence would get it. It iswhat it is and our goal is to win the conference championship.
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