Here’s Mike Anderson talking about No. 16 Washington’s game against Grambling State on Wednesday.
And here’s a few quotes from the interview.
(On his role) “I’ve been hearing a lot of saying like I’m a glue guy to the team and I have no problem with that. It’s just what people see what I’m doing for the team.”
(On nickname) “I just tell people it’s a hard task. If somebody is guarding me it’s a hard task. Or if I’m guarding someone and they can’t score on me, it’s a hard task. That’s what they’re calling me. They’ll be like ‘Hard Task.’ So it’s alright. I like it.”
(On what you have to do to be a glue guy) “I think everything. I think I’m an all-around player to be honest with you guys. I pass. I rebound. I defend. I can shoot. I get to the basket. I’m another leader on the team. Even though I’m not a captain, I feel like I’m another leader on the team. So I feel good about that.”
(On his defensive style) “Basically I limit what they do. I don’t try to get tough with them, but sometimes I feel like they’re scared when I’m guarding them. So that’s a plus for me.”
(On why they’re scared) “When we watch film and I see what they do on (other) teams, they don’t really try to do that against me. So I feel like they don’t really want to do that much when I’m guarding them.”
(On biggest difference between last season and this year) “I think everybody has bought in. Everybody has bought in with the team. That’s good.”
(On the buy in) “We bond more than what we did last year. Everybody is just more tight with each other. We’ll text each other and see what we’re doing on the weekend. We’ll go out to eat or we’ll go bowling. Stuff like that. I think all of that ties into staying here in the summer when some of us could have left. I just feel like it was good that we stayed here in the summer.”