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November 7, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Scott Suggs makes the most of his first career start

Call me clairvoyant, but I had a feeling last week Scott Suggs (left) might make his first start Saturday and we talked for quite a bit about a variety of topics.
Suggs said he’s worked on being more aggressive and he displayed that new approach in Washington’s 97-76 win over Saint Martin’s when he scored 11 points in 22 minutes.
Suggs also said he needs to improve as a rebounder and that too was apparent in the scrimmage. He had just one rebound.
(How was your summer?) “Pretty good. I only took a couple of weeks off. I went back home for about five days, then I came back and went to LA and worked out with (Justin) Holiday and Jrue for about 2-3 weeks. Then went back home and continued to work out. So just going back and forth. Then I came back up here.”
Photo credit: Seattle Times – Mark Harrison
(What were the workouts with the Holidays about?) “It was good. It kind of had a NBA focus because of Jrue. We worked with his strength guy. We worked out with Maurice Greene and worked on running. We did a lot of shooting, pick n’ rolls and ball handling and just everything.”

(Did you have a plan going into the summer on what you wanted to improve upon?)
“Originally I was just going to work on trying to get bigger, faster and stronger and quicker. When Holiday invited me out there, that took care of a lot of those things. And I wanted to work on being more aggressive.”
(How do you work on being more aggressive?) “Just trying to make a play every time you get the ball. It doesn’t necessarily have to be scoring or anything, but if you drive into the lane you might not score but you might draw a couple of defenders and you can kick it out for a shot.. Just making sure I’m always looking to make a play.”

(Are you bigger, stronger and faster?)
“Yeah. I’m about 193 now as opposed to 183. I’ve been maintaining that since the summer time.”

(Were there times last year when you weren’t being aggressive?)
“Last year my role was just being a spot-up shooter. I think there’s more to my game than what I showed last year. So there’s a fine line between being a gunner and being aggressive. You can kind of feel where that line is.”
(How so?) “You kind of just take what’s there. If you get the ball on the wing and you drive and they cut you off and you come back to the middle and your defender is staying there with you and you can’t beat him, then you don’t keep at it. That’s being a ballhog. You give the ball up. Or you come down and miss three or four shots in a row, you then look for a good shot. That doesn’t mean you don’t shoot the next time you’re open, but you might just look for the open shot more than forcing something up.”

(Are you different this year than last year?)

“Yeah. I’m more mature. That’s how that goes. More experienced just being here. The longer you’re here, the more experience you get.”

(What do you mean when you say you’re more mature?)
“Just work ethic wise. This summer I worked out and was more focus. My freshman year when I realized I wasn’t playing anymore, I kind of lost focused and I was kind of goofy sometimes. I was not as focused as I should have been. So that’s what I mean when I say I’m more mature.”
(People know you for your offense, but describe yourself as a defensive player.) “I’m a pretty solid defensive player. I’m more in position this year then I was last year. I think my on-ball defense has improved as well.”

(Was last season a mini-breakout for you?)
“I guess you can say that because my freshman year nobody really got to see me play.”

(So what’s your focus this season?)
“Just doing whatever it takes to win. Being more aggressive like I said earlier.”

(Do you know your role yet?)
“I think we all have a perception in our heads about what our roles might be. I just think last year being a shooter that I’ll need to do that again and also driving (to the basket). But I don’t think our roles will be officially be set until we got to play some games and feel each other out.”

(How good can this team be?)
“We have a pretty good team paperwise. But we haven’t proven anything. We got to get better defensively and with rebounding.”
(Is it important to you if you start?) “Nah. I just want to try to be in the the game whenever if it’s at the beginning or the end of the game it doesn’t matter.”

(Last season nine players started and three didn’t. You were one of the three. Did you feel like you deserved a chance?)
“I’m always ready if my name is called to start. Like I said it’s not about who starts or who finishes, I was in there a lot at the end of the games especially at the end of the year so it wasn’t like I was thinking about not starting or anything like that.”

(Did you learn anything from last season?)
“Yeah. We got to be a better road team. I really learned that defensive rebounding is what’s going to really help us win games. There were times last year when we didn’t play defense at all and we lost by (big), then we’d play that same team at home and beat them by just as much. Defensive rebounding wins games. Shooting may or may not be there, but defensive rebounding is something you can do all the time.”

(How are you as a rebounder?)
“Improving. Still not where I should be, but improving.”
— Arizona is providing a link to its 4 p.m. exhibition today against Division II Augustana College.
USC unveiled a new up-tempo offense, however, the Trojans scored fewer than 70 points in their 20-point win over Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday.
The gives a preview of Arizona.
— Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones had an outstanding performance in the Wildcats’ 122-54 exhibition win against Dillard. The former UW commit finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

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