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Husky Men's Basketball

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February 7, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Smith comments on redshirting

We were unable to talk with Joel Smith before practice today due to time constraints. But the UW sent out some quotes from Smith on his decision today to redshirt:
On His Decision to Red-Shirt the 2006-07 Basketball Season:
“It was a good decision for me and for the team. I want to be able to come back 100 percent and help my team to the fullest; not come back 70 percent or whatever percent I’m at now. I want to help the team out in a lot of different ways and right now I don’t feel like I’m capable of doing that. It really irks me to know that I can’t get out there and play. I’m a team player, so to not be able to get out there and help my team to the fullest really upsets me.”
How difficult was the decision to red-shirt rather than return to play this season?
“It was really difficult because I’m such a competitor. I love to play and sitting here watching my guys struggle is hard. But I think it’s a good decision because I want to make sure my body’s right.”
Would you have make this same decision two weeks ago, or was there a certain point of the season at which you would have decided to play this year?
“I wasn’t really thinking about the numbers and the games, I was just trying to think about recuperating and getting back into the motion and the movement of the game. I wasn’t thinking about other stuff, I was just thinking about playing.”
When did you and Coach Romar meet to make this decision?:
“We talked yesterday after practice just to make sure where each others’ heads were and what we wanted to do.”
How does it feel to have returned to practice this week after being sidelined the majority of the season?
“It feels great. This is the happiest I’ve been all year. I’m just getting back in the flow of things now.”

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