Here’s video of sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss talking about Sunday’s game between Washington (6-0) and No. 13 San Diego State (6-1) at Alaska Airlines Arena.
And here’s a few quotes.
(Thoughts on playing San Diego State) “We’re excited. We know we have a great opportunity this weekend. We feel like we’ve has a solid week of preparation. It’s good to have that week off after the Wooden (Legacy) and we’re really looking forward to the challenge on Sunday.”
(On the Aztecs) “They’re one of the best defensive teams in the country. They do a really good job of holding the opposing team to a low field goal percentage. They crash the glass on the offensive end. I was watching them last night play San Diego and they really hit the glass hard. We know we’re going to have to do a really good job of being poised on the offensive end and keeping them off the offensive glass.”
(On how did last year’s game – a 70-63 defeat – slipped away) “Last year we kind of dominated the first half. The second half they kind of blitzed us out of half time. We had a few turnovers that really allowed them to get back into the game. I feel like if we take care of the ball like we did in the first half of last year’s game and keep them off the offensive glass and keep them off the foul line – that was another big thing. We let them get the foul line at a high rate and we have to do a good job of playing solid defense and keeping them off the line. I think that will help us on Sunday.”
(On the change in roles offensively this season) “Well our offensive as a whole is different. It’s a little bit more spread out than it was last year. We’re running more ball screens and obviously as the primary ball handler, a lot of those ball screens happen for me and Andrew (Andrews) up top. I think you see a lot more freedom, a lot more guys trying to get to the basket. Not just myself, but lanes are more open and guys are really trying to put pressure on the defense to keep us out of the lane.”
(On Donaven Dorsey) “He’s off to a hot start in the season, but we saw it from Day 1 when he came here. The first thing that surprised everyone was how well he could shoot. We knew he had a reputation as a shooter, but I don’t think (we) knew how well he could shoot. Whether it’s a contested shot whether it may be off balance, you’re like ‘Ooh I didn’t know he could make that.'” So he’s really earned the respect of all of us. We have a great deal of confidence in him when game time comes that he’s going to be ready to be locked and loaded and ready to make open shots.”