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The Wellman Interview: Take 1

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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:00 am | Updated: 10:30 am, Fri Mar 29, 2013.

MTOW: What has Jeff Bzdelik accomplished to earn a fourth season?

RW: He’s put our program in a position to go forward in a very positive manner. He has laid the foundation that we think is important for future success. We knew it was going to be a process. As you and I have talked a number of times I have asked him to make every decision for the long-term benefit of the program. He has done that. He has recruited well. If you look at the seven freshmen that we have, there’s awful lot of potential in that class. And beyond that they’re really good people. And because of that combination of them being good basketball players and good people, they’ve worked hard and they’re going to continue to develop and improve. So I thought that there were moments this year that were flashes of what we could be – the really good wins at home against Virginia and Xavier and Miami and N.C. State. We just weren’t consistent. We need to be more consistent. But that’s a reflection also of the youth of the team. We can’t ignore that fact. When you consider that 60 percent of our minutes were played by freshmen, and the next highest percentage within the ACC were Virginia and Georgia Tech and they were 40 percent -- compared to our 60, that’s a 50 percent difference. And that is going to play out in, more times than not, negative ways, whether it’s finishing games or playing on the road or knowing what to do in critical situations. All of that youth is evident. So that group, having the experience that they gained this year certainly encourages me about the future as well. So those are just a couple of reasons that I’m excited about the future.

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