1.8: Rex Walters on Chronicle Live
USF Dons Basketball Head Coach Rex Walters talks with Greg Papa on Chronicle Live.
It is also very -- for the West Coast Conference Saint Mary's gaels will be at memorial gym on the Hilltop coming up trying to. Comcast sports that California and six. Thirty to preview of that game we are gonna head today. They Hilltop and bring in the second year head coach of the University of San Francisco -- Rex Walters joins -- -- chronicle live coach welcome first of all we thank you for your time and I see -- won loss record going into the -- conference schedule five intent given decent at home on the Hilltop but Poland are not the role but I'm look at the teams you played Arizona State Colorado State Colorado BYU. Washington southern Illinois. What was the reason you can -- was such a difficult nonconference road schedule. Go to seven optimistic pessimistic in a realistic realistically I thought there there's. Some games and there were dusty could wanna I didn't perceive as having as many injuries we had Blake Wallace finally returned to the court tonight. Dominic Connors not played a game probably not played in the whole season. Those two you know played heavily in our plans in and out to be good you gotta be good teams. We would like to have more home games obviously we feel like we're on that track next year will be at home a little bit more. But but like I said you know if you if you gotta be good you gotta be good teams and unfortunately you know we came up short but there -- three or four games and there are felt like we had a chance we just came up short. -- Johnny blood to your -- hardy led the conference in scoring his soft hornish junior year we thought maybe go to the NBA. Tested the waters decided to come back for his senior year any new wrinkle in his game and all now. -- he's you know he's had a good season he's had some ups and downs to you know he missed the game at BYU. A struggle with some things at Colorado and didn't play a whole lot the second half I always feel like he's played to put it best when out these freaks out about tonight's game. You know it's still defense is a -- towards him. But -- he's having good seasons not shoot the ball the primers what was it did last year but but so I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that people are scouting reports. Do a better job and it's got a report with him. And I'd given him as many looks down a couple they're. Be exported challenger on opening at a conference play against the Saint Mary's gaels I know they've lost Patty Mills and diamonds and senate but they still got Omar Sam handled well -- longhorn defender Omar -- that I coach we put him right on their their best vocal score. Hopefully not very very often in transition Omar does a great job -- on the floor Omar presents a lot of different problems he really runs the floor. He's very good ball screen and roll action and he's also very good on the left walks we've got to do a good job and all those there's not -- a fourth. He's almost. He's not Moses Malone B he get taxed to the last. Put the same ferocity that Moses did when he shoots his own shot so there's a lot of different things got to do with -- -- mark. The -- is not a really good job be surrounded them with shooters so there's no one you can really double teamed with. Com it's a big challenge we've got we've got three guys on like -- issue we've got three guys six statement above. We got even a 611 guy so those guys along get a shot Adams -- will hopefully use all of our vows not to dome not get him on the line too much. But so he's a big test for us he's one of the big keys -- to come away with a W tonight and. And Rex talk talk about -- overall conference having three years ten straight years it's been good Zagat. They lost a lot of very good players in the offseason met Bolden does come back at port Saint Mary's -- Patty Mills a diamond but they have a Omar Samad and and Mickey McConnell do you see those teams those taught those two teams -- big clearly that show that the rest of you gotta catch this year again. Well eight I think tubby the most together team right now quite honestly it may be saint mayors I think the most talented team is still Gonzaga. You know to have some of the wins that they've had on the road. You know. At Illinois based -- neutral site game but it wasn't neutral site game. Saint Mary's is so together I feel like even though they lost two players that are both playing professional basketball. You know there's a little bit of a chip on their shoulders especially in the non conference and an -- Portland. With a lot of seniors on the team revenues and a very good job they've been up and down as of late. But opted to start the season really strong at this conference has a hole is just got a lot better you look at our performance against BCS schools. It shows that the West Coast college is definitely to. Rick went back coach I don't wanna speak to we don't want it when Saint Mary's they've been they've and so strong under coach Bennett the last several years. Whatever they've come over to the Hilltop in years past they've kind of taken over that she and they brought so many people from the -- did you talk to your chamber even -- That a student body at all about trying to get that stopped and turned them back into -- -- home facility because attachments nightmares comes over there. You see a lot of red blue inside that -- -- Well I think one thing winning cures a lot of ills and then obviously lately we haven't won a whole lot but. In other stupid things you really want to address when you take over program number one is recruiting I feel like we're recruiting better we've got some good players coming in this place -- -- lose a really good when -- your. But -- that's gotten better the schedule next year it will get better. And -- continue with player development you know once we start winning the people -- it's a great facility. It's a great place to watch about the game's gonna see real good games fish in the conference schedules. On the bottom line is we got it continues to improve every single day get this program to a level that it should be yet and then the wins take care of itself and I think the people comes well. Guard -- we thank you so much for your time wish you the best of luck tonight questions and l.'s top driving what's that.