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February 20, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Jernard Jarreau returns to practice

Here’s the transcript of Friday’s interview with Washington forward Jernard Jarreau, who returned to practice this week after missing the past 10 games due to a right knee injury.

(On how he feels) “I feel good. I’ve been having a good week of practice. I’ve been doing everything with the team. My confidence is there and just been taking it day by day.

(On rust) “Nah. I feel good. At this point it’s just mental toughness. Just getting through it and not thinking about it and try to go out there and help my team as much as I can.“

(On how much he’ll play Sunday) “Well, we haven’t really talked about that yet. I’m just trying to work my way back into the rotation. Like I said, I’m trying to help my team as much as possible. We’ll see on Sunday.”

(On first practice) “Yes, my first practice was Wednesday. Well, I practiced last week with them, but Wednesday was my full practice – actually doing everything they’ve been doing. So it feels good.”

(On any soreness) “I think that’s normal for anybody being out for several weeks and just getting their legs back underneath them. Everything else will just take care of itself.”

(On confidence in the knee) “Yeah, yeah of course. I have a 100 percent confidence in me. I know what I’m capable of doing. Just ready to get out there now.”

(On where he was before latest injury) “I felt like we started off well. I felt like I was contributing to the team as much as I can and were doing good. We kind of hit adversity a little bit and still tried to stay positive and as confident as a I can. Like I said, I know what I’m capable of doing so I’m going to get back right.”

(On frustrations during losing streak) “Yeah, exactly. I was able to watch from a different perspective and see the things that we were lacking on and see the things that we can control for ourselves. I just think I can go back out there and try to help them as much as I can.”

(On Shawn Kemp’s excitement over Jarreau’s return) “He’s very excited. He just took a deep breath on Wednesday and was like ‘Yes. You’re finally back.’ So it feels good to be back out there with my guys and try to turn this thing around.”

(On any change in attitude) “No. We still believe. It’s a team thing. Win as a team. Lose as a team. We’re just trying to figure this thing out and get back on a roll.”

(On previous knee injury helping him with recent recovery) “Yes. I adapted real fast to it. I know what it takes now. It was just all like a mental toughness. I’m going to get through it. I’m going to get through it. Now I’m back. It feels good.”

(On his strengths) “I bring leadership. I’m one of the oldest guys on the team, so I bring leadership. Holding guys accountable. Defensive pressure. Just trying to open the floor up for all of the guys, trying to get everybody involved in it. That’s what I think I bring to the team.”

(On learning about UW last 10 games) “I’ve known these guys. Like I said, I know what everybody is capable of doing. I trust all of these guys. We just hit a little wall there. We’ll just be ready to turn it around on Sunday.”

(On what’s gone wrong recently) “It’s just everything. We’re just not winning so if we can just turn it back around. We know what it takes and what we’re capable of doing. We’re just going to turn it back around.”

(On what Washington State did that was effective in last meeting) “They hit shots. They hit shots. They hit a lot of shots against us. We didn’t really defend the three that well and transition buckets, didn’t really get back in transition well enough. So we’re going to turn all that around on Sunday and we’ll be ready to go.”

(On playing at WSU) “It can be rowdy at times, but it’s fun too. Just get back out there and try to bring as much energy as I can for the team and try to pull it off.”

(On playing loose or being tight during a losing streak) “It’s at the end of the season and guys are trying to do everything it takes so that we can get – well, our main goal is to try to get into the (NCAA) tournament. So we got five games left. We’re just going to try to go all out and leave everything out there on the floor. Nobody is trying to do anything extra and all that. We’re just going to continue to do what we do.”

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