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Here’s video of Monday’s press conference with C.J. Wilcox who talks about Washington playing Utah in the first round at the Pac-12 Tournament on noon Wednesday.
Here’s a partial transcript of the interview.
(On being voted second-team all-Pac-12) “It’s not what I was expecting, but it’s not in my control. I have to look ahead and get ready for Vegas.
(On snub not hurting NBA draft status) “Yeah, I’m not losing sleep over it. Like I said, it’s out of my control. I’m just going to keep doing what I do best and we’re going to try and do some damage in Vegas. That’s where my head is at right now.’
(On Nigel Williams-Goss being voted to the all-freshman team) “Saw that coming obviously. He had really good stats and it just gradually got better over the year. You could definitely see it coming so congrats to him.”
(On using snubs as motivation) “I guess, but before those even came out I was planning on going to Vegas and just show out and have a good time for the last go-around. And just have that aggressive mentality for the whole week. I guess that can add to it.
(On reaction when we heard the news) “I wasn’t surprised. I’m never surprised. Usually something always happens at the end of the season for us. But I just saw it on Twitter. It got mentioned a lot. It is what it is.”
(On UW’s spot in the bracket) “I like matching up against Utah. I feel like we can definitely get that one done. Part of me wants to play Arizona last, but I think getting them on their first day in Vegas could be do our advantage because we’d already played a game and gotten into rhythm. I’m not worried about it. We’re capable of playing with any team. I’m not really worried about who we’re playing.”
(On playing Utah) “We won here, but I feel like both games we’ve been in control for the most of the game, but at their place they went on a run that we couldn’t stop. I’m confident. Even when they made that run – I talked to the guys we’re all confident that we were going to win the game. I think that if we have that mentality this next game, we’ll be fine.”
(On last game vs. Utah) “They pretty much had somebody in my lap. They face-guarded the whole game, which is what they usually do.”
(On what it takes to be successful in Pac-12 tourney) “It’s really physically draining. I know we did three games in a row. Four is another deal. But our guys are confident that we can get it done. I’ve stressed that we have done it before and it is possible. We definitely have to go with the mentality of take no prisoners and going after every game like it’s our last.”
(On best player in Pac-12) “When you look at what (Nick Johnson) did. Obviously Arizona did really well and it’s really hard not to pick him. He would always guard the best player and he would do his thing on the offensive end. I thought he did a really good job this year so he definitely deserves it.”
(On Utah’s Delon Wright) “He’s really good on the offensive end using the ball screen. He doesn’t shoot the ball well so we kind of try to play off of him. But as soon as he gets the ball screen, he’s really good at splitting and doing Euro-steps to get the basket. That’s what he does best. Just trying to contain him is the biggest thing. On the defensive end, he’s really long and gets a lot of steals and a lot of blocks. Just a good athlete. So that always helps.”