Sunday, October 30, 2016

Transcript: UK Players Bam Adebayo, Derek Willis, Sacha Killeya-Jones Post UK 108 vs Clarion 51 Exhibition Comments

#3 Bam Adebayo, Freshman, F

On how it felt to play against someone other than teammates…
“It felt well. I was going to war with my teammates instead of going against them.”

On Isaiah Briscoe’s leadership…
“We all look up to [Isaiah] since we are all freshmen. We go with whatever he goes with and just follow in his footsteps.”

On how he felt he played today…
“We just all played hard, played together and shared the ball. Cal let’s us play free so we just had to play hard and play together.” 

On the pace of the team today…
“Cal wants us to play like that in practice every day. When you do it every day in practice, it becomes repetition and then I guess you could say it becomes a habit.”

#35 Derek Willis, Senior, F

On how the team played…
“I think we did fine. It’s the first game this year, so people are going to be a little nervous, our freshmen especially. So, it was good to just get a feel of the atmosphere here at Rupp Arena.”

On giving up 3-pointers…
“We gave up nine 3s and I think that can be attributed to freshmen playing at Rupp Arena and still trying to get a feel for it. We’re going to make mistakes, but we still have a long way to go and we see the potential.”

On being quick vs. being fast…
“On defense, we were trying to switch everything so that it would get our big guys out there playing more and allow them to get the feel for things. So, it was good in that aspect.”

On the different line-ups…
“I think it’s going to go game-by-game and week-by-week. Coach will be able to see who’s playing well, who’s playing with the most energy and who’s being the most efficient on defense. It could change.”

On UK’s unselfish play…
“It starts with our chemistry over the summer. Everybody got to know each other really quickly and everybody liked each other. Not that it hasn’t been like that in the past, but we just play well together and we’re working on communicating on the court. That’s just how our team is.”

#1 Sacha Killeya-Jones, Freshman, F

On expectations for playing with multiple combinations…
“Coach told us yesterday, and he’s been telling us, to try different lineups and everything and just see how people play together. I think pretty much every lineup we had worked. So I don’t think there were any lineups that didn’t work.”

On the importance of getting the post play going early…
“We can play inside-out, and that gives our guards lots more opportunities for open shots. If we started scoring on the inside, they got to double down and you’ve got guys like (De’Aaron) Fox and (Isaiah Briscoe) who get wide open shots.”

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