Big Ten Media Day - Bo Ryan
Oct. 25, 2012
THE MODERATOR: The first coach joining us this morning is head coach Bo Ryan. He welcomes back 12 letter winners and four starters from last year's squad that advanced to the Sweet 16. Coach?
I think there is going to be a lot of parity. I haven't said that every year, but I think this year it's going to be pretty obvious.
Q. Bo, you have had a series of great point guards play under you, now you're starting over at that position again somewhat. What is the plan at point guard and how important is that in your offense?
Thank goodness for the new rule. We had a chance to see Josh Gasser this year following up on who is next. The two hours that we had a chance to work with him and then the couple of hours in the fall, I'm glad that we had that, because Josh will be the point guard.
He's learned from those before him. I'm very pleased with what he's done and how the guys have rallied around him. So I think we will be still in pretty good shape, maybe not the point guards that we have had with Hughes and Taylor that can beat you off the bounce, low to the ground, real thick shoulder type guys, but Josh is a different point guard, but just as effective so far, and hopefully that will happen in the games, too.
Q. What does Josh do in your offense to compensate for the fact that he's not as much as of a blow by guy like the last couple?
The other guys were pretty good defenders, but Josh is a step above that defensively, and because of his height, I think he can see things very well. So he's thinking another pass ahead, like some of those hockey guys that make the pass that leads to the pass that gets you a bucket. He understands angles, and he's extremely competitive.
Q. Bo, how does Zach Bohannon compare with his older brother and is it the intangibles and how does he fit in your lineup?
He can shoot from three, but, you know, Jason was pretty good his last couple of years with the bounce, too, getting to the rim. Jason was deceivingly athletic and Zach brings moxie. Offensively, he does some things, and it's nice to have a guy that's played in the system where you're pretty well taught to make good reads when he played at Air Force, some of the Princeton stuff, the backdoor stuff, overplays, read-and-react situations.
He was a little more ahead of most guys coming in. Now that we have him for two years, I think he will help us. I don't know how many minutes, how much time, but having him on the floor would not be something where we go, oh, well, we got at that get this guy some rest, so we will let him in. He will earn minutes.
Q. What do you feel the impact has been on the new rule that you can get to work with freshmen and how does that change the probability that more of them are ready right off the bat?
Q. Talk a little bit about the league prospects with five teams in the top 25 and Indiana getting a lot of national attention.
There are certain teams now in our league that have that "X," that mark on their back, but that's good. I think that's good, that quality competition, that interest, the outside interest of people saying, "Well, we think this team is pretty good." This team is pretty good. That's okay, that's great for the league.
Q. You bring up the mark on the back, I think you guys are in the top 25, but there are four teams ahead of you. Your team has been at or near the top for the last decade, is that an unusual position for you guys to start the season maybe a little farther down? Is that something that you can use to motivate your guys?
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach.
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