Strickland Heading Overseas
July 27, 2004BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Before departing for the Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour, Indiana men's basketball junior guard Marshall Strickland answered questions about his trip and the Hoosiers upcoming season. Strickland is part of a squad, coached by Penn State's Ed DeChellis, comprised of 12 student-athletes from 11 different conference schools. The tour, which runs from August 10-20, is tentatively scheduled to include five games in France and Italy.
On the travel schedule:
MS: "I leave Bloomington on August 6 and go to University Park (Penn State). We practice for a couple of days there and then leave on the 10th to go to Italy."
On the competition:
MS: "It's hard to predict. I haven't heard about any of the teams that we are going to be competing against. They said it was going to be pretty good though, but you never know."
On the trip overseas:
MS: "I have never been to Italy or France, so this is my first time overseas. I'm excited to get into the culture. I want to see all of the tourist traps and see what it's really like. My mom's jealous. My parents have never been to Europe, so I have my digital camera ready and take as many pictures as I can."
On this summer workouts:
MS: "We have been working on a lot of skill things. Breaking down the game, footwork and passing. We have been doing a lot of fundamental drills with the new coaches. I especially have been working on my passing. Things like running the point. Just trying to extend my game and adding new things to it. I'm a lot stronger than I was a couple of months ago. We have been working out with the football team, and their work ethic rubs off on us."
On his first couple years at IU:
MS: "It's been an up and down road. I have had some really good games and really bad ones. I feel that I was a better player in my sophomore year than in my freshman year. This year, I'm planning on improving more maturity-wise and game-wise. I feel that this year the sky is the limit."
On Bracey's return:
MS: "Bracey's a great player and a great teammate to play with. It's going to be great to have another weapon on the perimeter. He's been through it. We came here together, and we both feel we have something to prove."
On last season:
MS: "It's left a sour taste that is still there. I had to forget how we played last year. It was a real disappointment. This year, we have a fresh start and guys are eager to get started. We lost so many close games that we were on the ropes. We are going to use last season's feeling as motivation for this year. We just couldn't find a way to get it done."
On Patrick Ewing Jr.:
MS: "Pat has a big upside. He is really working on his offensive game. I think he can play more from the perimeter which is more natural for him. He can really knock down the 15-foot jump shot. He really is going to help us a lot."
On the inside game:
MS: "I really don't think in college you need a typical big man. Just look at Kentucky last year. They had a couple of 6'8 guys, and they went really deep and had a great season. You can get away from that if your team is physical."
On the team's goals:
MS: "We want to win. That's all that's on our minds. It's the only thing that matters. We want to win every game we play. We want to have the biggest turnaround in Indiana history."
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