November 28, 2008

Josh Shipp talks Bruin hoops

When you have a young team such as the Bruin basketball team then you have to count on seniors such as Josh Shipp to be leaders for the youngsters on and off the court. Shipp knows what is like to be part of a highly touted freshmen class and now as the elder statesmen, he can relate his experiences as a freshman that helped turn the program around to where it is today. Shipp met with the media recently to talk about the team, its youth and the motion offense.

You guys are kind of a young team, how long do you think it will take you to figure it out as a unit?

Shipp: "Hopefully not too much longer, I know it is still early, but we want to get this thing rolling as soon as we can. The faster we can all start clicking the better it will look and the better we will be off in the tournament."

A couple of thing went wrong, but you guys have looked pretty good early in the year, what bothers you about what isn't going right?

Shipp: "We need to work on our motion. We are really stagnant out there. No one is sure of their identities right now, but it is a work in progress as we are working on it every day in practice and hopefully we will be alright the next few games."

Coach Ben Howland said you guys are turning the ball over too much is that the case that you are doing a new offense?

Shipp: "It is just trying to gel with all the young guys. Turnovers are going to happen. We haven't been playing with each other that long, but like said, it is a work in progress and we are working on it every day. We get in trouble for our turnovers in practice so hopefully the guys will take more pride in taking care of the ball and that will limit the amount of turnovers."

Defensively the opposition is 45 percent of their shots and yes, the opposition has made some tough shots against you guys that most of the time they would miss, but what is the key there to get that percentage down to where you guys like it?

Shipp: "Just our intensity and just coming out and taking a lot of pride defensively. Teams have been slowing it down on us and have been real patient and we have been breaking down at times so we just need to buckle down on that end and not give up those non contested shots."

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