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Friday, December 7, 2012

Coach Henderson Uncut - 12/7/12


The Full-Court Press caught up with coach Henderson Friday afternoon. Here's what he had to say.

On the difference between the win at Kent State and the loss at Wagner:

I thought that defensively, both games, we we’re pretty sharp and we came out and made shots early. What a difference three or four days make. I thought the guys shared the ball nicely, we got out to a 16-2 run, and the difference for us was the ability to hold the lead.

On having a week off in between games:

It was an important week for us. We were able to work on a lot of things we needed to work on. We also needed some rest, it had kind of been just one game after the next. Certainly, when you play a lot of games in a row, you can get in a rhythm. I think we needed a week to get rid of some bruises and bumps, but coming back home, we haven’t won a game here yet this year, so it’s nice. It’s important for us to play in front of our home fans. I’m glad we had some time off but I hope it doesn’t affect our rhythm.

On Drexel's slow start:

We haven’t talked about the record with our guys. They beat us last year at their place. They were predicted to finish first in their league. It’s basically the same team. It’s a really good team. It might be the best 2-6 team in the country, so we know that its going to be a very physical game. They’re tough and we have our work cut out us.

On if there is anything to learn from last year's loss to the Dragons:

Offensively we were able to look at some things, and defensively too, how we handled things, what we struggled with and what we did well. Mostly, we had an opportunity to win the game. We were up one with the ball at the end of the game. It was a very difficult loss for us on the road, so. Moving on, this group coming in tomorrow, they’re not that different from the team that had all those wins last year, 25 or 26 wins. They’re just pounding you and hope you break down, and you can’t let that happen.

On Drexel's Damion Lee:

He’s terrific. To me, he is a scorer. He has a really quick first step and we have to be aware of him at all times. He’s just a good basketball player. He has a knack fro putting the ball in the basket. Do you overcorrect too much trying to stop him, and maybe leave some openings for others? It’s a very solid group.

On Drexel's front court:

They are a very good rebounding team, and they’ve been able to score in a lot of different ways. Those second chance points, when you know you’ve got those guys in there, you can take a shot with confidence and know that they are going to gobble (the rebounds) up. Like against Kent State, rebounding will be very important for us.

On if Denton Koon is getting more comfortable in the starting lineup:

I hope he’s more comfortable. I like him in the lineup, but I want him to be as consistent as possible. What can we count on from him? What can he provide us? I believe Denton is capable of a lot. He believes that too, its just a matter of being consistent.

On what Koon needs to improve:

There has never been a problem with Denton’s abilities. It’s all there. I think constantly putting in the time—he puts in the time—but making sure the production is consistent all the time, that’s key because if we can count on him we’re going to be pretty good.

On Will Barrett trying to find his role:

We saw the Syracuse zone and Will had a tough game, but so did some others. I think we’re all finding ways—how do you stay on the court? How do you make us win? What are you doing in order to help us be the best we can be? For Will and Denton both, it’s a little bit of a work in progress. We’re eight games in, and its very much of a process for us. Will wasn’t with us for most of last season, and hasn’t really played a lot with Denton. Chris (Clement) and Clay (Wilson) didn’t even really play last season. That’s four guys who are trying to figure things out.

On Mack Darrow's decrease in minutes from last season:

We talked about it. More what Mack and I talked about was that he knows he’s going to factor heavily in what we do. I call Mack and Brenden, affectionately, the two-headed monster, inside and outside. I like the minutes we got from both of them in the Wagner game and I really like what we got at Kent State. I think they really play off each other well. Whichever way we need to be going at the time, that’s the way we’re going to go.

On Drexel's Frantz Massenat:

He’s a really good player. I’m worried about all three of their guards. I think our guys are aware of what they are capable of. I think that for us to be successful, we’re going to have to play Princeton defense. We have to continue to move and make each other better. Massenat is very talented. Like Lee, he’s just a good basketball player. We know that this is going to be a big challenge.

On if he looks at Ian Hummer's advanced statistics:

I do. I watch Ian very closely. What I care most about is how he’s making his teammates better. The focus of a lot of defenses is on Ian. I like what he did on Saturday against Kent State. He found open guys. Unfortunately there are also some turnovers in there two. He leads us in assists. He’s so valuable in what we do, and for this team to be good, Ian has to be committed to making his teammates better.

On Clay Wilson's improvement:

It can always better, our ability to trust him with the ball, but I like what he’s doing. Clay needs to just continue to play with great confidence, which he’s been doing. He’s made 19 threes in seven games. That’s important for us. I just want all the guys to continue to value the ball, because when we take care of the ball we can be pretty good.

On T.J. Bray bouncing back from his early shooting slump:

He didn’t do much playing of anything before that first game at Buffalo, and we sort of weathered his poor shooting performance, whatever you want to call it. This is more typical of what kind of shooter he is, so just like anything, keep shooting.

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