Stopped by Oregon State’s practice today and chatted with coach Craig Robinson (left) and the Beavers. In his second year, Robinson is doing an amazing job of turning around the OSU program.
Senior G/F Seth Tarver remembers when Robinson first arrived he ran players through 5:30 a.m. practices.
“I was thinking, this guy is crazy,” Tarver said.
Robinson explained he needed to do something to quickly get the players’ attention and shake them out of the malaise they’d been in.
Our conversation turned to the Washington Huskies. Robinson, a defensive-minded coach, is a big fan of Quincy Pondexter and Venoy Overton. You can read more about his affection for Pondexter in a story that will be posted online shortly.
On Overton, Robinson said: “Venoy Overton is one of my favorite players. He a tough kid. Well, he tries to be tough, but he’s not really tough. He’s a nice kid.People just get mad because he’s a good defender.”
On Justin Holiday: “He wasn’t much of a defender, but he must have did some things after we played them. Last year he was coming in trying to score and do stuff like that.”
Finally, Robinson gave this assessment of the Huskies: “They are a momentum crew. If they get a couple of plays that are like action plays, they feed off of that. That’s a great job Lorenzo (Romar) does of getting them going like that.
“If they get Venoy going and get a steal and layup and then an alley-oop dunk, it’s four points, but it’s a momentum shift. The next thing you know they’re bombing threes because they all feel good about themselves.
“You have to sort of control that. That’s almost as important as the fact they can score a bunch of points. If you can keep the game in check like we did with them up there and then a couple of steals and they’re up six. Now they feel good about themselves. They’re where we want to be at some point.”
NOTES FROM UW’S PRACTICE:
— Matthew Bryan-Amaning is experiencing headaches after his hitting his head on the floor during a nasty fall Thursday in Oregon.
— Romar said Darnell Gant had lingering effects from a concussion last week, which is the reason why he didn’t play at Washington State.
March 5, 2010 at 7:07 PM
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