Nov. 8, 2009
Coker College (S.C.) at Pitt, November 8, 2009, Petersen Events Center
Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon
"This week we emphasized on Sunday-to-Sunday improvement and our guys responded to the challenge. We improved throughout the week in practice and we came out more aggressive and with more intensely than last week. I give Coker College credit because they kept fighting. We were able to give a lot of our guys minutes. I thought we put in a good effort."
On Pitt's offensive play:
"We moved the ball better today. We stressed penetration to kick-out instead of forcing drives and playing in crowds. That's something we stressed to improve. We had a good five days of practice and we got better. I think that was our biggest adjustment."
On Travon Woodall:
"We had decisions to make with Travon early on (last season) because of his health and with the amount of time we have to practice before the season. It really puts a guy behind when they're not 100 percent, but he got stronger over the summer and he's more physical. With him in the mix of things, we'll have to see who the best defensive guard is. It's a unique situation."
On Gary McGhee's play:
"It's clear that Gary has improved. He's always been a hard worker and he's seizing the opportunity to become even better. I think there is a history with our big men improving. Gary is seeing more on the floor, his shots are better, he finishes and he runs the floor, but there are still some things that he can improve."
Quoting Pitt's Travon Woodall
On the team:
"I feel confident. We've been working hard all summer and in practice to improve. We've been helping each other in order to become the best team possible. I've been talking to Levance Fields a little bit, he's like a mentor to me, kind of like how Brandin Knight was to him. Hopefully our hard work will pay off."
On his leadership role:
"It doesn't matter what class you're in, I think leadership is a natural ability. I respect my teammates for saying that about me and I'm going to do what I can in order to be a coach on and off the floor."
Quoting Pitt's Gary McGhee
On the team:
"I'm in better shape now, so it's easier to move up and down the floor. I think we've improved from Sunday-to-Sunday. We executed on both offense and defense today. Our freshmen have come along in the short time since they've been here. They've caught on pretty fast."
Quoting Coker College Head Coach Dan Schmotzer
"Obviously, I'm very appreciative of Coach Dixon and the University of Pittsburgh for giving our kids this type of experience. It was a great pleasure for me to be able to coach Jamie as an assistant at Texas Christian University. The way I look at it, I think they are so good because Jamie coaches his teams the same way his mom and dad raised him. Just with the character, the love, the respect, you can really see it in his teams. I think that is really neat. If our guys can learn something from this then it was a good experience. I've been doing this for 36 years and have played many Division I teams at Coker, but we've never played anyone of this caliber."
On the potential of this year's Pitt team:
"It will be really interesting to see how these kids develop. Looking at the tape from last year, I saw some big improvements in Gary McGhee. Just with his shooting and posting. Travon Woodall looked to be a better shooter. Dante Taylor could also be really special."