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January 13, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins and Wednesday evening links

Thought I’d pass along quotes from Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins from the Pac-10 coaches’ weekly teleconference.
(Have you been surprised by Jeremy Green?) “I have been a little surprised from the standpoint of everything he’s gone through that he’s been able to continue to get better. He’s battled a lot of injuries. Got off to a slow start and to his credit, he’s stayed focused and he’s improved. I’ve really enjoyed watching his development.
(Any other players surprise you?) “The more games we got under our belt, the more active our bigger guys have become and the more comfortable they’re getting. I can see the improvement in them. I think sometimes the stats don’t always bear it out, but they have been making improvements and I’m excited about that.
(More on Green) “Landry has had to carry the load a lot for us this season and he’s done a terrific job. He’s taken on the responsibility and I’ve been proud of him. It’s good to see other guys start to emerge and make contribution. I’d like to see even more guys contributing. I think it’s a process that each guy kinds of stumbles upon on their own as they get more comfortable. I’m excited to see the development of other players too.
(Which UW will you prepare for, the team that was hot during the offseason or the team that’s struggling in conference play?) “They’re a good team. They’re like any team, you have your ups and downs and they’re fighting through it. We respect them. We respect them as a program. That’s what I told my kids. We have to go out there. We have to play hard and we have to be ready to compete because I know they will be.
(What’s the difference you’ve noticed in how the tam played in November and how it’s playing now?) “We had moments where we were playing well early in the season we just didn’t finish games as well and of course that can be tough. I told our guys we just need to keep hanging in there and that will turn around as long as we keep putting ourselves in position to win games and our kids have done that. They’ve been very competitive in most all of our games. We’ve had our chances. We’ve one some. We’ve lost some. At one stretch we lost 2-3 of those in a row and that was difficult. Our kids to their credit, showed a lot of character and they stuck with the game plan and we’ve had success at winning a few of those games now.”
(How has Green matured?) “I think he really matured. He had a major setback early in the year and he’s been able to focus and continue to grow from the experience. Anytime you face any kind of situation like that, that serious I think you learn a lot about yourself and the people around you. I think he’s done that. He’s matured even more. I think that’s also contributing to him being a better player. His level of focus has had to go up. He’s learned what’s very important to him and that’s school and athletics. He’s focused very hard and been productive at both.”
(Is he still playing hurt?) “He’s playing injured. He’s had a few things happen to him over the last month that has slowed him down staring with the ankle injury he had. It’s a high ankle sprain that lasted several months. It’s probably still healing now, but he’s managing that well. Of course his traps, underneath his rib cage, he strained that recently. so he’s been padded pretty heavily for games. Plus his right wrist that needs to be taped up for games. He’s had a MRI on that and there’s no ligament damage, which we’re very excited about. But it’s sprained pretty good. He’s ahd to fight through that. Give the young man a lot of credit. He’s had to work through a lot of different things that have slowed him down. He’s continued to work and focus and has gotten better.”
AROUND THE PAC-10:
— In case you missed it, we took a look at UW and asked: “What’s wrong with Washington?”
Bud Withers revises his conference predictions.
— And here’s another take on the Huskies from Scott Johnson at the Everett Herald.
— Arizona guard Lamont “Momo” Jones who took an elbow from UW’s Isaiah Thomas on Sunday needed 16 stitches to close a cut on his lip.
— Mercury News’ Jon Wilner writes “Stanford has shown it isn’t awful.”
— The UCLA Bruins are paying the price for mediocrity in practice

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