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May 16, 2014

Iowa Magic AAU Q&A

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How has practice been going for your team?
Practice has been going really well. This group has for the most part been together for about three years, so we are able to continue to build on previous seasons instead of starting completely new. The fact that all of these boys have so much familiarity with each other is a huge bonus.

What are the strengths of this group?
This group can really shoot the ball. This is the best overall shooting team I have had in my 6 seasons with the Magic. 1-4 positions are all pretty interchangable and feed off each other well. Another strength would be as I mentioned before our flexibility at most positions.

What are your concerns?
We don't have a ton of depth at the 5 spot. If we get into some foul trouble that could be an issue time to time, but the kids we have in those spots are smart kids who work really hard. Hopefully those issues won't be a factor.

How do you feel will spent the most time in the starting lineup?
At this point we are still working guys through those spots. I honestly feel that about any given day I could start a different 5 and still have the same success. While it's nice to have a set 5, I see it as a real positive that I can rotate through many guys and still be very successful.

Can you talk a little about your guys:
Devin & Deshaun Quinn- Twin posts from Marion high school. Both really big bodies that love to mix it up and work hard. Have continually improved over the past two seasons, they will be huge on the boards for us all season.
Craig Engle- point/shooting guard from Marion high school. Probably our
most consistent shooter. Great ball handler, has really improved as a defensive player as well. Has done a great job at Marion, will do great things at the next level.
Terrence Williams- small forward from Marion. Terrence does all the little things right. He is our best team defender, type of player that everyone wants on their team.
Blake Galvin- shooting guard from Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Has made huge improvements to his offensive game, as well as a leader on the floor. Look forward to seeing what his summer will bring.
Logan Winterhof- point/shooting guard from Center Point-Urbana. Little bit undersized, but makes up for his lack of size in his willingness to put in extra time in the gym. Great on ball defender.
Connor Hoelzen- small forward from Danville. Had a great year at Danville, looking for much of the same this summer. Has great size and strength and can really shoot it. Will do great things for our group.
Strad Houtakker- shooting guard from Center Point-Urbana. Strad is a great pure shooter, and sees the floor extremely well. Sees the next play happen and anticipates that well. Another great new addition to this group.
Ross Anderson- small forward from Hudson. Ross is a big tall kid with guard-like abilities. Can really shoot it, handle it, and stretch the floor. He will pose match up problems throughout the summer.
Blake Hellweg- point/shooting guard from Holy Trinity Catholic. Underrated ball handler and shooter. One of my most consistent kids the last two seasons. Doesn't jump off a box score, but is extremely reliable.
Tucker Janecek- small forward from WACO high school. I feel safe in saying no one works harder on the floor than Tucker does. He is the definition of a "team guy" and I love what he brings to our team.

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