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I think you do look for [players who have innate instincts to fight and compete] but you never know...

I think you do look for [players who have innate instincts to fight and compete] but you never know what’s going to happen until you put a kid in those situations. You really never know. I think the one thing you try to do is – I always talk about from a recruiting standpoint, it’s not just talent, it’s the character and the makeup of kids that you want to see. I’ve been around the game a long time and I know a lot of the best players that we had weren’t necessarily the most talented guys, they were the guys that understood how to compete, how to fight and the toughness that goes into being a part of something bigger than yourself. I think those are things that you certainly try to look for from a recruiting standpoint, that you try to address and hopefully that you try to build within the team. For us, Chris Hines is a guy that really competes and leaves it all on the floor. I think what he does becomes contagious to other guys on the floor and I think it builds up the confidence or character in others. When he fouled out the other day it really hurt our team, because I think he was a guy that was providing that energy and that ‘let’s go’ type attitude. When he left the court I thought it affected our team.

Coach Anthony Grant: press conference transcript Very telling quote here from today's press conference, for a couple of reasons. First, Grant seems to indicate that he feels the current team and many of the players are lacking that "innate ability", or competitive fire, to be winners. I think some of his frustration is starting to show, but not necessarily in a bad way. He knows how important it is for him to succeed on the recruiting trail, and to do so quickly. Second, for all you Chris Hines supporters, this is about the third instance of unsolicited praise I've seen from Grant in regard to Hines in the last week. It's certainly no fluke that he's locked down the starting spot and most of the minutes next to JaMychal Green down low.
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