38 Total Quotes

Dave Leitao Quotes

You have to credit him for having the gumption to make a shot like that. They [Virginia Tech] were doing a really good job at hedging defensively. On that play, they did what I thought they were going to do -- a hard hedge on J.R. [Reynolds] -- and that left Adrian open.
Dave Leitao
#Credit

It sparked something both of them have inside them, a desire and more importantly a pride. I think both of them took the game in their hands.
Dave Leitao
#Desire

Something has gone off inside of him that has allowed him to increase his aggressiveness while staying out of foul trouble.
Dave Leitao
#Aggression

We're going to get on a plane Friday and get ourselves ready. [Duke] is obviously as good of a team as there is in America, so we have to make sure that we use every available minute to get ready for them.
Dave Leitao
#Duke

The Carolina basketball system which coach Williams believes wholeheartedly in, it took those guys some time to understand. One, because they had so many young guys, and two, defining roles. Now that they've got it, you add that with the talent, and with that comes the supreme confidence.
Dave Leitao
#Basketball

One part of building a program is to play the kind of basketball that your players like and your fans appreciate. Our guys are playing hard, and that is the first and most important part of being appreciated as you play the game the right way. I think [the fans] really appreciate these guys because [the players] are putting their hearts out for them every night.
Dave Leitao
#Basketball

Our offense got stagnant. They got what they tried to get, and we didn't. They're a rhythm team that averages 80 points a game, and we really never took away their rhythm.
Dave Leitao
#Averages

J.R. read the defense terrifically.
Dave Leitao
#Defense

I'm sure over the next few days, like any coach whose season comes to an end, you get reflective. We were able to do some things, but at the same point in time you never want your season to come to an end. I'm disappointed that it is, [but] obviously I think we grew and we learned a lot.
Dave Leitao
#Coach

We didn't look like, in my estimation, that we had spent any time practicing defense. We sat behind the post. We gave up middle penetration. We didn't get a hand up on shooters. You name it, we did it.
Dave Leitao
#Defense

Both teams from an energy standpoint battled each other pretty hard. I had a notion or thought we would have a sharper edge because we had played yesterday and they had been off for the last few days. Maybe that's why we got off to a good start, but they kept coming after us and coming after us.
Dave Leitao
#Energy

I thought both teams, from an energy standpoint, battled each other pretty hard. We found ourselves trying to put Band-Aids on our offense.
Dave Leitao
#Energy

My congratulations go out to the Maryland basketball program and especially to head coach Gary Williams. There are only a few storied and tradition-laden programs in America. When you can call yourself the best at one of those schools, that's something that is not handed out often. He coaches with energy and passion. ... I admire him.
Dave Leitao
#Basketball

We still have too may times where we have to coach through minor issues, which by February you're not supposed to do.
Dave Leitao
#Coach

I told him the same thing I told you guys. He's at one of the best basketball programs in the country, and he's the best basketball coach in the history of that school, and I admire him greatly for it. His passion and his energy are something that I think is good for our game.
Dave Leitao
#Basketball

We got really stagnant in the last 10 minutes of the game (on defense). The assignments that we were taking care of the first 30 minutes, we just forgot about in the last 10.
Dave Leitao
#Defense

I'm no fool. I understand how important guard play is.
Dave Leitao
#Fools And Foolishness

His hard work, dedication and leadership gave him and our team many great nights this season.
Dave Leitao
#Dedication

If you step out of the league at this point, you usually have a made-for-TV game on CBS or ESPN. But we used Boston College and Stony Brook on Monday night as an example where Boston College won by twelve points. Stony Brook starts three walk-ons and [is] 4-19 and B.C. won by 12.
Dave Leitao
#CBS

We've got to improve our talent level, we've got to improve our work ethic, we've got to improve a lot of things about the program. ... You have to do it step by step.
Dave Leitao
#Talent

I believe as a catch and shoot guy he's as good, not only as we've got, but as good as there can be in this league. That's confidence as much as it is repetition.
Dave Leitao
#Believe

He continues to grow. He hasn't had a really bad performance since the Fordham game. He grows quietly because he's not a loud player. He continues to get better. He doesn't want to be known as a guy who just sits behind the arc and takes threes. He can take you off the dribble now, finish in traffic and make decisions, which is what an all-around guard has to do.
Dave Leitao
#Performance

They're a totally different team. They seem from a maturity standpoint to have solved the issues that were ailing them earlier in the season, in terms of turnovers.
Dave Leitao
#Maturity

We gave him two open shots. He made them. It's senior night. He probably felt like he could conquer the world. The rim got larger for him, and we just didn't defend him.
Dave Leitao
#Night

Fifty-nine percent is a very high number against a team that on paper you shouldn't be giving up that to. ... What we have to do is give ourselves a chance to be successful. We're not a team that can just yawn our way through and score when you feel like it. We're not that good, we're not that experienced and I don't think we got that accomplished today.
Dave Leitao
#Giving

Like Duke, NC State has a ton of experience. They're probably the smartest team we have in our league in terms of execution. It's a different type of challenge.
Dave Leitao
#Experience

If you look at the statistics, especially in conference, they're anything but a last-place team. They shoot the ball extremely well and are, by far, the best rebounding team in the league.
Dave Leitao
#Statistics

No disrespect to Longwood, we played to the competition level as opposed to playing to whatever our level is supposed to be.
Dave Leitao
#Competition

I wanted to win for you and for our players more than anything I've ever wanted in my life.
Dave Leitao
#Life

There have been guys who have carried a heavy load, but from a pure basketball standpoint, I think I've been around teams where the responsibility in a lot of areas has been a little more spread than with this group. I'm not just talking about points. I'm talking about everything. I don't know if any team I've been around has had two guys asked to do so much.
Dave Leitao
#Basketball