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Zips athletics: Twitter Q&A

By George Thomas Published: February 19, 2013

Q:  George, you see these guys up close, streak taking its toll? - @wrigleyrocky

A:  Not even close wrigleyrocky.  I don’t know why it’s not.  What I can say is they believe that they aren’t getting enough respect.  As for the streak itself? The mantra this year “think bigger” has sunken in for this team.  The streak is a byproduct of that.  Their goals and eyes are focused clearly on each game.  For sportswriters that’s an annoying cliché.  They, however, realize if they take care of business one game at a time, their bigger goals – MAC Tournament, NCAA Tournament – will be within their grasp.  Psychologically speaking, the team is no different now than they were at the beginning of the year.  What I do notice is that practices are a bit more intense, but at this time of the college hoops season you have to expect that.

Q:  Any news on whether Quincy Diggs will be reinstated at the university and allowed to play his senior season? And a follow up, would he be welcomed on the team?  - @AZipsFan.

A:  UA suspended Diggs for the 2012-13 academic year.  By that standard, he’s eligible to return to the university for the summer semester, judging from everything in the code of student conduct.  Whether Diggs wants to remains to be seen. As for whether he’d be welcomed back to the team?  Picture a lineup consisting of Demetrius Treadwell, Nick Harney, Pat Forsythe, Alex Abreu and pick your shooter with Diggs coming off the bench along with the rest of that talent in the reserves.  Let it marinate, sink in.  According to everyone I’ve broached the topic with, coach Keith Dambrot and the rest of his teammates would do somersaults to have him back.

Q: Are the Zips expecting Demetrius Treadwell and Nick Harney to get their fifth year of eligibility back?  - @AlB1560.

Coach Dambrot seems pretty confident that they will.

“They're well ahead.  They'd really have to screw up.  They're really sophomores which is a hell of a good thing”

Yes, Zips fans Treadwell and Harney could very well be here for two more years beyond this one.  Think about that one.

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