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Derrien King and Ike Iroegbu after Oregon State



(Did you like playing as a forward in the small-ball lineup?)

I did. You got going up and down the court a lot faster and it's fun to play like that.

(Think you'll do it more next year?)

Oh definitely. It depends on what team we're playing against, obviously, but I think we can use that to our advantage.

(Did you play as a typical forward?)

I've never played the four (position) before, so I was just going with the flow, trying to get open where Josh usually gets open: high post, stuff like that. I tried to get open, see the creases in their zone (defense) and make plays.


(What makes OSU effective?)

They hit a lot of shots, you know? Their players are very skilled. They can shoot, drive, they're really aggressive and just a really good team.

(And Gary Payton II in particular?)

He's always active around the basket … when the ball goes up, if he doesn't shoot it you've got to know where he is, because he's always crashing the boards.

(Atmosphere changed at OSU?)

It's a lot better. Each year they've gotten a better crowd and this year, from my standpoint it looked like it was sold out. They just have a great crowd, a great atmosphere to play in if you're the away team. It's just a fun environment.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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