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“I think he’s definitely interested in the job,” Donovan said. “I think he’s excited about the potential in the program, being relatively new, the school relatively new. … I think he just wants to find out more.”


JIMMER JUNIOR: Northern Colorado’s Devon Beitzel says he’s flattered but doesn’t take comparisons he’s gotten to BYU’s scoring phenomenon Jimmer Fredette seriously.

“Whenever you get compared to a player like Jimmer, it’s a compliment,” Beitzel said in Tucson, where Northern Colorado plays San Diego State in the NCAA tournament Thursday. “But there’s no one in the country that can do what he does. I mean, I’ve never seen anyone score 52 points in a game and only have one point come from a free throw. That’s unbelievable.”

The Big Sky MVP said he’ll take the compliments, “but, I mean, I’m definitely not at that level.”

Then a reporter asked if he’d watched what Jimmer did against San Diego State and learned anything.

“Well, I’ve been working on my one-dribble across half (court) 3-pointer,” he joked.


KAWHI’S HANDS: San Diego State’s Kawhi Leonard is one of the nation’s best rebounders and a multitalented forward who can take opponents off the dribble.

One reason is his hands.

Leonard was asked to show his hands during the Aztecs’ media session on Thursday and flashed his giant mitts, which he says are 10 inches long and seem to snare anything near him.

“It helps him. He can get a hand on the ball and get rebounds that your average human being can’t get without getting too up there,” said Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill, preparing to play San Diego State on Thursday. “He can use his athleticism and get one hand on a ball and retain it when most guys have to get two.”

Leonard also was asked whether he has trouble buying gloves.

“I’m not sure because I don’t buy gloves,” he said. “I stopped playing football a while ago, but I think it probably be trouble finding gloves.”


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