Gary Reflects on His Seniors

-On the growth of Greivis —“He’s been a player who has always wanted to get better and that has to be there. Some guys get here with a great reputation and don’t work hard to keep improving because they think they’re good enough. Other guys hit a wall and reach a level of satisfaction or disappointment and they stop working. Greivis has always had a goal of being the best player he can be and the only thing I did, I always told him there’s always another level you can get to for any player. He’s really bought into that. He’s had his high school coach, Stu Vetter, really help him a great deal especially when he got here from Venezuela. He got him through some tough times and gave him the motivation not only to be a good basketball player but to be a good student. He’ll graduate this spring and he’s done a lot of things for the university and for the program. He’s great on campus. He’s one of those people who talks to everybody. He goes across campus like he plays. That’s just how he is. I think that really helps our team and he’s gotten a lot of attention and he’s handled it pretty well. It’s not easy and he’s done a great job of that. I’m talking about a guy that comes from Venezuela, has to learn how to speak English so he can compete academically and that’s just what he’s done. It’s just a gradual development as a person.

“I think Landon Milbourne scored 18 points his freshman year and I’m really proud of what Landon has done because he could have transferred, he could have done anything after that freshman year because he didn’t play much. He chose to work hard and fight for playing time and he’s turned out to be a very good player here, scoring over 1,000 points.

“Eric Hayes has been an ideal player on our team for four years because you know exactly what you’re going to get from Eric. He gives you scoring, he gives you ball-handling, he plays defense and he’s been consistent with it. He’s another 1,000 point scorer, so both of those guys have had great four-year careers here.”

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