Player Comments from U-M Men's Basketball Press Conference

Senior Tri-Captain Chris Young

On Michigan's ideal type of game ... "We'd like to play very good defense, to be able to shut them down defensively and then to rebound the ball and get out on the floor and transition and push the ball up to get easy baskets."

On the game against Oakland being a statement ... "I don't know that we are so much into making statements, we just want to go out there and play with a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm and just go out there and play our type of basketball."

On putting pressure on themselves to win ... "A win would definitely be very nice, but that's not our main concern. Our main concern is going out there and playing our type of game and not letting them dictate the pace of the game or dictate anything about the game."

On a win against Oakland making up for last year ... "I don't know that it would erase everything from last year but it would definitely feel like a step in the right direction to put things in line for this year."

Senior Tri-Captain Leon Jones

On this year being different from past years ... "I think it's just a sense that everything is new. The court's new, the locker room is new, it's just like a new year for us. The coaching staff is new and we have a great coaching staff. Just the intensity they bring every day keeps everyone on their toes."

On the coaching staff's effect on the season ... "I think it will transfer into wins because everybody rededicated themselves to the season. We have six seniors on the team and it's our last go around so I think as far as the new coaching staff, there's a new attitude and we work extremely hard. We work too hard for us to have a losing season."

On his role on the team ... "I welcome the challenge. He (head coach Tommy Amaker) talked to me in private and he told me he wants me to be the 'dirty man' and be all over the court and just do everything for him. He wants me to be the defensive stopper and rebounder, and just be tough in everything I do and be strong and be a leader on the team, so I welcome that challenge and I look forward to it."

Sophomore Guard Avery Queen

On what the team needs to do to be successful and on dealing with younger players ... "We need to start off good and continue to work hard in practice. Last year, we didn't work hard in practice, as we're doing this year. We just talk to them everyday to let them know how it is and how it is in college and especially the Big Ten. It's a really difficult conference to play in."

On differences with head coach Tommy Amaker ... "Definitely, especially with offense and our offensive game because he runs more motion so we feel loose and can just go out there and play basketball rather than last year when we didn't really have much motion."

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