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NBA BASKETBALL June 13, 2002
Qyntel Woods Interview

 


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InsideHoops.com's Jeff Lenchiner and two other media guys met and spoke with Qyntel Woods after his workout with the Knicks a week and a half ago. Woods, coming out of junior college, is expected to be taken early or mid first round in the 2002 NBA Draft. Woods was in a pretty quiet mood today, but note what he said when a question was asked about which part of his offensive game needs the most work.

What's your main goal in these workouts?

Woods: Try to prove myself. I'm from junior college so I have to prove myself, to the players and to the coach.

And when you're done with workouts, are the teams smiling?

Woods: Yeah, they smile.

Do you feel teams go over you with a fine-toothed comb?

Woods: Yeah, they really watch me, see how I go along, see how well I do.

Does it help going against top guys, like Jared Jeffries...

Woods: Yeah, they're real good, playing against them, they make me realize why I'm here.

What offensive skills are your best, and what needs more work?

Woods: I need to work on my defense, that's what I need to work on more.

Are you another Tracy McGrady? Does saying that put too much pressure on you?

Woods: Ain't no pressure, I just go out and do what I do. If they think that, I let 'em think it.

What are your goals, being picked in the first round, etc.

Woods: It'll mean a lot, it's hard coming from junior college, so it'll mean a lot.

What are your workout goals?

Woods: My defense, that's what I'm focusing on right now, my defense.

So, what, foot quickness?

Woods: Foot quickness, yeah. Lateral movement.

Who made you the kind of player you are today, besides yourself, any one person?

Woods: No one person, I just worked hard, I had a couple of coaches that pushed me...

Was it more coaches or friends on the street

Woods: More my friends, I had a couple of friends that pushed me to play.

How much confidence do you have to have in your ability when you go against guys who are coming out of big colleges

Woods: You have to have a lot of confidence going up against guys like Jared Jeffrieds, Caron Butler...

And when you go up against them, do you feel like you hold your own

Woods: Yeah, I think I held my own.

When did you decide that you were going pro this year.

Woods: Mid-season.

 

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