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January 18, 2008 at 2:57 PM

A conversation with Matthew Bryan-Amaning

Freshman center Matthew Bryan-Amaning is emerging as a key contributor now that Pac-10 play has started, averaging 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds andd 14.8 minutes per game, all numbers that figture to only increase the rest of the way.
Here’s some of what Bryan-Amaning had to say before practice today when talking with reporters:
Q: It looks like things are starting to click in with you.
A: “It was a learning process, working to get the (defensive) concepts down and now it’s second-nature, I understand what’s going on and where everyone is supposed to be.”
Q: Tell us about that little hook shot you’ve been using.
A: “I’ve always used that. I used it a lot in high school and do it a lot in practice and coaches are like ‘keep doing that in practice and we want to see you doing that in games.”’
Q: Are you beginning to feel more relaxed on the court?
A: Coach told me he wants me to be more aggressive. Last night I took more shots than I had in a few other games, but then a lot of them were just in and out or just rimmed out, so for me I know it’s just right there and night in and night I have just have to play hard.”
Q: Talk about the block you had last night (on a layin attempt by Oregon’s Mitch Platt)?
A: “I was tired, and I was just running back, my man was out in front of me, so I seen him way past me and I seen him wide open and looked back to see if the point guard had seen him, I think it was Tajuan Porter, and he did, so as soon as he caught it I just tried to catch up as fast as I could.”
Q: Coach Romar says one key of late is that you are being more patient on offense.
A: “That’s something I’ve been working on in practice, getting double teamed a lot, learning how to pass out of the post and check the defense. That’s why I’m taking my time moreso than earlier in the season. I donn’t have as many travels being called on me in the post trying to make my moves.”
Q: Was it frustrating when you were barely playing in some games earlier in the season?
A: “Obviously it’s frustrating as a player because you never feel you should play that little. But friends and family would say it’s what freshman players go through, you’re going to ge through it, coach knows what you can do, so just sit it out until he wants you. Now I’m playing a lot more, 15-20 minutes a game, and it’s Pac-10 play, so I know he has that trust in me.”
Q: It seems like you and Venoy Overton are starting to jell a bit out there?
A: “We talk all the time, talk outside of practice, just trying to get that little connection to play together because we know we are going to play here a while and we wantn to be that one-two punch.”
Q: Do you still talk with Isaiah Thomas (a former teammate at South Kent)?
A: “We text a lot. He tells me about his game, how he’s playing, how everyting is going there. They were struggling early, then they went on a 5-6 game win streak and are playing really well.”
Q: Is it exciting thinking about playing with him next season?
A: “That’s going to be an added plus, especially the way he can score and pass the ball, and with Venoy on the court as well.”

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