"His extension does shock you," said North Carolina coach Roy Williams. "You don't realize [how long he is] until you're playing against him."
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Hasheem Thabeet, UConn
"We'll work on his offensive game, but he's going to intimidate a lot of people down low," said Thabeet's teammate Craig Austrie, a sophomore guard. "Everyone's going to have to think twice before coming down the lane."
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Spencer Hawes, Washington
"A lot of people hear old school and think of it as a knock," says Hawes. "I embrace it."
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Kevin Durant, Texas
"It's no different if you're covered or if you get a wide-open shot," Durant says. "If you give it the right touch, it's going in."
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Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech
"He asks very smart questions; that's where he's been impressive," Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt says. "He's constantly saying, `I've got a lot to learn.' I tell him, `You do, but not as much as you think.'"
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Greg Oden, Ohio State
Before he underwent surgery on his right wrist last June, Oden asked Buckeyes coach Thad Matta, "If this doesn't go well, can I redshirt?" "Yeah," replied Matta, struggling to keep a straight face, "I'll keep a spot open for you."
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