Walton went on to offer kind words about school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson, provost Rafael Bras, coach Josh Pastner, assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and communications associate director Mike Stamus. He said that Peterson, whom Walton apparently met at the Alibaba event, is “most impressive and extremely inspirational” in his leadership of Tech.
Pastner had also said he had received several compliments from game organizers about his team. It draws an obvious comparison with UCLA (Walton’s alma mater), which brought significant and unwanted attention on the game when three of its players were arrested for shoplifting.