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February 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

SU coach Cameron Dollar: “Anytime, anyplace, anywhere”

Thanks to Bob Condotta who provided quotes from Seattle University Cameron Dollar’s press conference this morning.
(On the game being a measuring stick) “Probably not. We know where we are. We are just developing and continuing to build. It’s exciting. It’s a challenge, obviously. So we just look forward to going out and competing and playing.”
(On what needs to happen differently than last year) “Score. … (laughs loudly). … In their arena, every team will tell you defensively they really get after you and turn you up. We had some opportunities to put the ball in the basket and we didn’t. If you don’t, eventually that score is going to get out further and further and further. It would be good for us to come out and have a good start, score some buckets early and kind of get in the flow. But I didn’t think last year, we gave up some transition buckets that we shouldn’t have, but other than that we just didn’t make some shots. If you don’t make shots it’s going to be hard to obviously stay with them.”

(On strides the team has made since then) “We are a little younger than we were last year because we lost three good seniors and then obviously a really good player in (Charles) Garcia. So we are developing and building, I like my young guys, they are working hard. The upper classmen are doing a good job. They are continuing to grow and develop and push each other. Probably where we are at since last year is that we are on pace to continue to build and develop in the right direction.”
(On if the arena will feel like a home, road or neutral game) “I think it’s going to be home. I think there are a lot of Seattle U fans that are excited about having an opportunity to play the Huskies at KeyArena so I expect it to be a very pro-Seattle U crowd. For a long time, obviously we know the tradition and history of Seattle U basketball, so it’s exciting for them to kind of come and be in that game and relive a lot of the past moments, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
(On the Huskies) “Oh, they are doing good. They had a couple of tough losses early in the year and they are probably not where they would like to be conference wise. But they just lost to the first-place team on the road by one on a questionable call. The last two weeks I think they have played probably some of the best basketball they have played all year. And they are veterans. So even if they dip a little bit, when post-season time comes around they are going to be good.”
(On trying to turn this game into a big rivalry) “Our hope is not necessarily built around a rivalry. We want to build a legit program, so our eyes are probably a little bit more that there is a broader vision of what we are trying to do here. Part of being good is definitely being competitive with your cross-town team., But that is not something that is necessarily bantered about every day. We want to be a legit national program at the end of this. So that is probably more important than having one game against one team.”
(On what the game can mean for the perception of the program for people who don’t watch SU regularly) “Every time you get a chance to be on a stage like this you want to make sure you leave people with a positive perception of your program, very similar to when we play at Virginia or play at Maryland or we played just the last game in Chicago against Northern Illinois. So I always tell my guys you want to make sure when eyes are watching you that you are competing and playing and showing yourself in the light that you should be. So that’s a big reason why we have done this at Seattle U because it gives us an opportunity to show not only ouro basketball team but to show our university as a whole. We’ve got a lot of special things going on here so it’s good to be able to show that.”
(On if it’s good to have a series with UW right now) “I’ve always subscribed to if you have goals and visions and you want to be good and have substance then you need to play teams that are already there. So as much as it may hurt some good buttwhuppings early, it sets you up to have great success later. So I’ve got no problem competing, not only against Washington but any team in the country. Our motto always is and always will be anytime, anyplace, anywhere we will be ready to go.”
(On if it helps to have beaten Oregon State and Virginia and Oregon State beat UW) “Maybe in Caesar’s Palace that may make a difference. For us, college basketball and basketball in general can be a game of matchups and you match up good with some teams and not as good against others. What we can take from games like that is that we can compete and that if we play right and do what we are supposed to do, we give ourselves a chance. And that is of the most importance to us, our foundation of how we are going to be that we are going to compete day in and day out, doesn’t matter who it is, and execute and be smart and be fundamentally sound and play basketball the right way to give ourselves the best chance to win. It doesn’t matter who is on the other side, that is what we are trying to do.”
(On being an Independent) “Extremely comfortable going as an Independent. So I like the direction we are going. But even with that being said, what we are going to do is make ourselves as attractive as possible and we are interested in listening to all suitors, and if there is a cconferenec situation that is the best for us as a university and an athletic department, then that is something we will definitely look at. Right now, though, being Independent has not been bad for us, so we will continue to work at it and do a good job with it.”
(On if UW is a role model for where he wants to take Seattle U) “No question. Obviously I was a part of it and one of my mentors is still at the helm and a lot of guys over there are the type of young men that I want to recruit for our program here, how they play and go about their business. So it definitely is a great role model for us as we are building our program.”
(On if there are enough players in the state of Washington for UW, WSU, Seattle U to all have success) “I think so. I think there is definitely enough talent to go around. But as of right now, Washington doesn’t have a whole lot of Washington kids. They may be a little more national in some ways. But us and Washington State have Washington kids. The Northwest is just full of talent so it’s picking the right type of kids for your style and your system. We definitely can have more than one program be successful in that area.”
(On if there are any head-to-head battles with UW and WSU) “I don’t know. Probably have to wait four or five years on the way out to see if that is true or not. We are recruiting local kids, so I never really been one to subscribe to what the pundits say about how good a kid is. I guess if down the road if we had a kid that turned out to be really good and he was with us and not with one of them then I guess we won that one. We are able to garner interest across the board and we are always looking for guys that are the right fit for us.”



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