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  Friday, March 3, 2006

Aaron Bruce Interview
By Jonathan Givony

Aaron href=/profile//> Bruce href=/profile//>

Aaron href=/profile//> Bruce href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Baylor, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> 12. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> accomplished href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> International href=/profile//> level, href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> country href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> fixture href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> various href=/profile//> Australian href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//>

DX: href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> factors href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> decision href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> choosing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Baylor href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Australia href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Europe?

AB: href=/profile//> My href=/profile//> ultimate href=/profile//> goal href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> decision href=/profile//> clearer, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> platform href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA.

DX: href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> expectations href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> basketball?

AB: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> knew href=/profile//> people href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> reasonably href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> expectations href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> fortunate href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> out.

DX: href=/profile//> How href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> compares href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBL?

AB: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> naive href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBL. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> obviously href=/profile//> outstanding href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> leagues. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> guess href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> argument href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBL.

DX: href=/profile//> Did href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> consider href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBL? href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe?

AB: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> shortly. href=/profile//> Pro href=/profile//> leagues href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> there, href=/profile//> Iím href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> rush href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> thought href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> fulfill href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> learn, href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grow href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> person.

DX: href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> hear href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> grapevine href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> wanting href=/profile//> to
offer href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> contract?

AB: href=/profile//> You href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> hear href=/profile//> stuff href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> coaches href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> "know href=/profile//> people" href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> believe href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> disregard. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sure href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> opportunity href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> am href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> happy href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> decision href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> school.

DX: href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> pressure href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> yourself href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Daniel
Kickert href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> microscope href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> scouts href=/profile//> as
opposed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Brad href=/profile//> Newley href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Steve href=/profile//> Markovic href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBL?

AB: href=/profile//> Yes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> no, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> itís href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> display href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> front href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> eyes href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> gives href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> insight href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> people href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> getting. href=/profile//> Youíre href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> situation href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> you're href=/profile//> thinking, href=/profile//> "do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> someone href=/profile//> saw href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> game?" href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> "do href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> more".

DX: href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> colleges href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> besides href=/profile//> Baylor? href=/profile//> Any href=/profile//> reason href=/profile//> you
chose href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> particular?

AB: href=/profile//> At href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> signed href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> talking href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> UCLA, href=/profile//> UC href=/profile//> Irvine, href=/profile//> New href=/profile//> Mexico, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Arizona. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> decision href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Baylor href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> situation href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> laid href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> clearest href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> sure href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> within href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> loved href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> coachesí href=/profile//> attitudes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> direction href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> program href=/profile//> pointing. href=/profile//>

DX: href=/profile//> Were href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> aware href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> harsh href=/profile//> penalties href=/profile//> Baylor href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> facing href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> you
made href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> decision href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> school href=/profile//> there?

AB: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> aware, href=/profile//> Coach href=/profile//> Drew href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> completely href=/profile//> honest href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> laid href=/profile//> everything href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> front href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> me. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> staring href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> re-building href=/profile//> process href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> wanted href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> side href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> appreciated href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> genuineness href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> honesty.

DX: href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> Australian href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> fresh href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> AIS, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> do
you href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> play? href=/profile//> Europe, href=/profile//> NBL href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> NCAA? href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> U.S, href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> advice href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> choosing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team?

AB: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> happy href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> choice href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> made. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> friends href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> choosing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> ask href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> questions href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> sure href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be. href=/profile//> You href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> somewhere href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> PLAY href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> watch.

DX: href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> success href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> yourself href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Andrew href=/profile//> Bogut, href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> think
more href=/profile//> Australians href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> choose href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball?

AB: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> so, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> hope href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> sake. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> U.S href=/profile//> kids href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> separate href=/profile//> themselves href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world. href=/profile//> That href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> largely href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> College href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> learning href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> development href=/profile//> platform. href=/profile//> Any href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> professional href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> themselves href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> program.

 
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