Pastner tells Action News 5 he is looking forward to next season

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Despite a loss in the second round of this year's NCAA Tournament, University of Memphis basketball head coach Josh Pastner is happy with the season that just ended, and is optimistic about next year.

Pastner appeared on Action News 5 early Monday morning to talk about his team's season ending loss to Arizona, and about that last second play many University of Memphis fans thought should have been a foul call.

"I'm not going to make any complaints on the officials because we put ourselves in that position," he said. "We missed some short shots, missed some lay-ups, and we missed some free throws."

Instead of complaining about it, Pastner says he's looking for more wins from the players that are returning next year.

"What it does now it gives everyone a year to be older, and the biggest improvement people make in college is between their freshman and sophomore year," he said.

Most of his starters are returning, Pastner said, and two very talented athletes are joining the Tiger team.

"Addonas Thomas will be a good basketball player," he said. "Addonas Thomas is a big time athlete. Ferrakohn Hall, who is a transfer, will be eligible in mid-year."

Pastner admits that he knew his young teams was going to face some bumps in the road this season, but is pleased how things turned out.

"For us to have the peaks and valleys, the ups and the downs, but to finish off on a strong note, is a good sign going into next season," he said.

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