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#WCChoops Five Questions - Rex Walters, San Francisco

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Throughout the course of the 2015 WCC Basketball Championships, #WCChoops Columnist John Crumpacker will be posting mini-profiles and features to go along with his daily "What We Learned" postings.

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By John Crumpacker
#WCChoops Columnist

LAS VEGAS - You never know what's going to happen when you ask someone a question a little left of center and out of context for the event that just happened.

So it was that I had a few minutes alone with San Francisco coach Rex Walters shortly after his Dons had dispatched Pacific 62-58 in an opening round game of the West Coast Conference Tournament. Enough time to pitch him five questions to see if he could get around on my heaters. Turns out, his bat speed is just fine.

Q: If you were here in Vegas on your own time, no team to coach, no game to prepare for, what would you do?

A: I would golf. I would spent a lot of time with my mom and dad. Hopefully, she'd make fried rice and gyozas. I'd get a massage, probably at Bellagio. Last year I got one at the Palms. That's what I'd do.

Q: Anything else?

A: The biggest thing is I'd be thinking how to make this program better. That never stops.

(During the interview, Hall of Fame coach Rick Adelman walked by and Walters introduced himself. Adelman will be inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor on Saturday for his playing career at Loyola Marymount.)

Q: I take it you enjoy meeting coaches who accomplished great things in their careers, yes?

A: I'm 44 years old. In coaching years I'm just a pup. I always try to figure out how to get better. I had a chance to meet coach (Gregg) Popovich (of the San Antonio Spurs). That was exciting. They were practicing at our place. We get quite a few (NBA) teams practicing at our place.

Q: Since NASCAR is in town, let's cut to the Chase: How do you feel about playing top-seed Gonzaga on Saturday?

A: We know there's going to be a pretty good contingent of Gonzaga fans, and that's OK. Pretty good team. Player of the Year (Kevin Pangos), Defensive Player of the Year (Gary Bell Jr.), Coach of the Year (Mark Few), Newcomer of the Year (Kyle Wiltjer). All that stuff doesn't mean a hill of beans. It's the team that plays better tomorrow night. It's a heck of a task. The thing is about being the aggressor, attacking offensively and defensively. I'm excited for our guys. It's a great opportunity. Our guys should feel confident.

Q: No disrespect, but why should your team feel confident? USF is 14-17, Gonzaga is 29-2 and ranked No. 7 in the country.

A: I don't care who we're playing, honestly. If we play the way we're capable, we can get anyone. We could be talking about how great these guys (the Dons) are. It's more about how we play than who we play.

Thanks, Rex. You've just made me hungry. There's no fried rice or gyozas in the press workroom.

 

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