Sunday, November 06, 2016

Video/Transcript: UK Players De’Aaron Fox, Mychal Mulder, Tai Wynyard Post UK 156 vs Asbury 63 Exhibition Comments


#0, De’Aaron Fox, Freshman, G 

On how much fun he had tonight … 
“I had a lot of fun. In high school, I actually played a lot of teams that would press and get up and down the floor. Everyone always says I’m really fast on the court, so of course I had fun.” 

On Cal having a harder practice on Tuesday and Wednesday …
“Honestly, most of our practices are harder than the game. I mean not just this game, but a lot of games this year our practices will be harder because of the competition and the intensity.”

On how he switched his speed up this game …
“When teams press and try to pick me up full court with multiple defenders, I attack. Some people say to pass through the press, but Cal always told us our best press attack is our speed. Sometimes you don’t have to pass, sometimes you dribble through it and throw a lob or get a lay-up. That’s what we did.”

On what Coach Cal says about being up by 50 at half time …
“He told us to keep doing what we’re doing. If they keep pressing, we keep attacking. We didn’t really change anything. He told us to start throwing it to the post because in a game like this it is hard to get them the ball. He really had an emphasis on getting the ball down low.”

#11, Mychal Mulder, Senior , G/F

On if he feels like a different player than last year…
“I just feel more confident, more comfortable on the court, after that year of experience under my belt. I feel more calm and poise. I know what my role is for the team.”

On how hard is it to hit 3-pointers consistently …
“On this team you just have to know your role. I know that I am expected to make open shots, be a finisher, rebound the ball, and to play like a big guard. It is important to hit shots but it’s probably more important to play defense, rebound the ball, fight, battle and understand the game.”

On how much these games help earn playing time … 
“It’s not really just about me. We knew they would pressure us. We knew they would send double teams. We had to make good decisions. We really used this game to get better in that aspect. The guards used it to practice against that, make the right decision and pass. The bigs helped a lot with getting out of double teams, so we really used the game for that type of experience.”

#14, Tai Wynyard, Freshman (RS), F

On tonight’s game…
“We played pretty well. We were pushing the ball up the court and we just didn’t stop fighting. Coach was just telling us to keep going. Respect the team and respect them by playing hard.”

On his approach to the playing time competition right now…
“Right now I’m just trying to get better. We’re playing against a lot of good big men right now on our team. Bam, Sasha, Isaac and all of them. We have really long, tall guards and everything like that with Derek and Wenyen. I’m just pushing myself as high as I can go. We’re all fighting for each others’ spots, so it’s a lot of battling going on there. If you’re watching the training it’s fighting the whole time. We’re all just working hard to get better. That’s why we come to Kentucky, is to get better.”

On playing with the facemask…
“It’s annoying. It’s like playing with a big brick in your face. You can’t even see anything. Imagine trying to play basketball like that. You can’t really see, but it’s all good. I think this is my last game wearing the mask.”

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