#AZTECMBB PRESSER QUOTES
Oct. 29, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
Head coach Steve Fisher
"We are eagerly anticipating the start of our season. We're anxious to see how we'll play against someone else. We're playing CSU San Marcos for the third-straight year, and they're good. They will present a challenge for us. I believe last year, we were behind a point at halftime, and two years ago they outscored us in the second half, or vice versa. So this will be good for us. It will be good to see how Josh Davis plays for the Aztecs. Dwayne Polee II is going to have an opportunity this year. We're very much looking forward to the start of the season, we have a lot of guys who can play. So competition in practice has been terrific. We have 11 guys suiting up, and all 11 of them hope to play. That would be my goal in this first exhibition game. We're pretty healthy and looking forward to the start of what we hope will be a fun and successful season."
On what he hopes to accomplish in exhibition games:
"We're going to take a look at how players perform in a game setting with a crowd. Some haven't had many opportunities to play, and some who haven't played for SDSU. We'll have four or five guys who haven't played here before that will have their first opportunity to play in front of our home crowd. We've had a scrimmage, and now we'll have an exhibition game. We're going to go out and have our dress rehearsal for everybody (to see). I think it will show us some things."
On if the team has any injuries heading into Friday's exhibition game:
"We're much improved, and hoping to stay that way. (Polee) was one of our major concerns. He had concussion-like symptoms, and in today's world, you have to go through protocol before being cleared by doctors to come back to practice. (Polee) missed more practice than anyone. (Davis) missed early workouts with the foot surgery, and we've had ankle injuries that everybody has, but we are as healthy as we've been and hope to stay as physically fit as we are right now."
On if there's one position that is more competitive than others in practice:
"Our practices have been as competitive over an extended period of days as any team I've had the opportunity to coach. I think it's been good, it's been healthy. When they play against each other, they go like crazy to win. And when it's over, they smile at one another and let the other team know if they didn't win, but also let them know we're all one team, which is a nice thing also. We're just starting to say, `Ok this is a group we might start in the initial game.' But I do believe we've got more players capable of helping this team then we've had in a long time. So I do think practices will remain fierce and competitive, and it's no one's divine right to be in the game. If you compete, play hard and play well, you'll have an opportunity. There's not a whole lot of difference in the guys on this team in what they've been able to do so far, and every day they go out and try to prove they belong with the starters."
On Aqeel Quinn receiving a scholarship:
"(Quinn) transferred in a year ago, was on full scholarship at CSU Northridge, and came here as a walk-on with no aid other than from his mom, and we put him on scholarship starting this fall. He can do a thing that will get you on the floor - he can make shots. He's done a good job for us, and did a good job last year when he couldn't play. I know he's excited to have an opportunity also, so we're excited to have him."
Senior forward Josh Davis
On his thoughts on the team:
"I feel like practice has been very competitive. I'm just excited to have the opportunity to play for San Diego State under coach Fisher. So we're just excited and ready to play."
On the team's competitive practices:
"We're enjoying it. It's not a chore at all. I can tell everybody wants to be on the court, get better and practice every day. So we're just having fun."
On his busted lip:
"It happened in practice yesterday. I was going to the basket and got a slight elbow to the lip from James Johnson."
On if there are any young players on the team he's been impressed with:
"I've actually been impressed with (freshman guards) Dakarai Allen and D'Erryl Williams. They bring a lot of effort every day and I can see they're becoming more comfortable and improving every day in practice."
On if he has to help out the younger players on the team as being one of the oldest:
"Yes. One thing I do is lead by example. Every day if my teammates see me working hard, they'll work hard just by seeing it."
Junior forward Dwayne Polee II
On why he appeared at Tuesday's press conference:
"I just wanted to give the fans insight on what the team has been going through, and what I've been going through. We've been working hard and I just want to let the fans know we're excited about this season and it's something they should look forward to."
On his role on the team:
"I spent all summer here working with the team and the coaches, and I feel like I've made a lot of growth as a player and as a person. So I'm just ready for this season."
On playing smaller schools such as CSU San Marcos in exhibition games:
"We respect all of our opponents, because we know in sports, at any given moment that any team can beat anybody. So we just try to come out on our `A' game, follow the scouting reports, follow anything the coaches tell us to do and go out there and do our best to win the game. We know everybody is going to be competitive and it's going to be a competitive game no matter who we play."