Coach L's quotes about today's awards

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Quotes from Coach L about today’s awards:

About Shane and Durand for all-defensive team

The old adage that defense wins championships is very, very true. In order to have a great defensive team, you need great individual players as well as great team defense. We have two of the best in Durand Scott and Shane Larkin. They're a great combination because they can guard all different kinds of players. We've had great success at the defensive end of the floor this year because they are our catalysts. The defense starts at the guard position and those are two of the best guards in the country.

About Durand Scott …

Durand Scott is one of the greatest competitors I've ever been around and you really see that on the defensive end of the floor. He takes great pride in guarding the other team's best player on the perimeter. He takes great pride in playing harder than anybody else. I am so proud to be able to say that I coached Durand Scott for two years.

About Shane Larkin …

Shane Larkin is all about winning. He does everything we ask of him to win the ball game. He's been a great leader. He has played at a very, very high level consistently throughout the season and is very, very deserving of this recognition. There are a lot of great players in this league and he is certainly one of them.

About Kenny Kadji

Kenny Kadji is one of the unique players in college basketball. At 6' 11", 240 lbs., he is long and athletic. He's a tremendous asset for us at both ends of the court because of his amazing shot-making ability and shot-blocking ability. He is able to play against the best players in our league and in the country, and shine.

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