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February 28, 2013

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"I think at the beginning of the year  I would sit back and try to use my quickness," he said. "I think I'm a bit more aggressive now. My arms are longer. I can reach more. Things I used to do at the beginning of the season is easier now." He also believes  maturity has been benefited by his recent growth.

"I think both hit at about the same time," Ghirardelli said of the pair. "I may have grown a bit more in size in some ways, but both have come at abpout the same time. It's nice when you've been shorter during your life, and people notice that you've grown. It has helped make a lot of the things I try to do in basketball easier." Defense has been Ghirardelli's strength. His additional arm span and height adds to a more aggressive approach on the defensive end.

"He does a lot of things that people may not notice," Miiller said. "He gets his hands on the basketball - he gets a lot of deflections. He pressures the basketball well and plays really good team defense, and takes care of the ball and shoots well. He has given us a lot of help since he's come back. I like his intensity level." "It's been really up and down," Ghirardelli said of his junior season. "I never knew what might happen next. It's been crazy." Ghirardelli's progress mirrors the Hatchet season in many respects. He believes he, and the team, is playing the best basketball at the best time.

"I think my shooting has gotten better this year, but I know defense is what I do best," Ghirardelli said. "I think especially in the last few games, I've improved. My defense has improved. I enjoy basketball, and I'm entering one of the most important parts of my career." "It does mirror the team in many ways," Miiller said. "I think he has played better and better as the season has progressed."

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