Q. Hey, Coach, can you talk a little bit about experience more in terms of players and why you’ve consistently wanted to build four-year players at your university versus like going Coach Cal, Coach K, Roy Williams’ route and getting one-and-dones?
MICHIGAN STATE COACH TOM IZZO: Let’s make sure we understand, we want to get the best players we can get too. Everybody looks at it differently. I think you want to get the best players and make sure they have a good enough time that they want to stay as long as they can. I think there’s a lot of pressure on these guys right now and the way it is that I’ve had a couple of great four-year players that have done very well in the NBA, and I’ve had some two-year, and I’ve got a couple of one-year guys, and they’ll all do well too.
I don’t want to hold them back. I don’t want them staying for no reason. I just want to make sure that, when they go, they’re ready to go and contribute and be a part of things. I think we put a lot of pressure on these guys now. One thing about college, you get to make a few mistakes and still survive. Once you get to the NBA, you’re scrutinized at a different level.
So I have great admiration for what John has done at Kentucky, what Mike has done — and Mike has done it both ways, so has John, actually. We’re not turning down good players either. We’ve got some good players. If the No. 1 player in the country wants to come, we’ll make room for him.