Sunday, November 13, 2016

Video/Transcript: UK Players Isaiah Briscoe, Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox Post UK 93 vs Canisius 69 Comments

#13, Isaiah Briscoe, Sophomore, Guard


On how he feels about his career high of 21 points …
“It’s fine. I was just doing whatever I needed to do to keep my team in the game. We came out sluggish. We weren’t hitting shots, so I had to keep us in the game.” 

On how he is the only guy who understands the “process” …
“Yes, they (the freshmen) will learn sooner or later. We have a big game on Tuesday so it was good that we were down in the first half early so they can get used to stuff like that. We should be fine.”

On if he envisioned this role for himself as a veteran …
“Yes, that was the whole point of me coming back. I’m just trying to lead these young guys, keep them on the right track and keep them focused.”

On if he felt he was going to have to take charge tonight …
“Yes, at some point I knew I was going to have to take charge. I could tell when we weren’t hitting shots, when we came out sluggish I knew I was going to have to keep us in the game the first half. Then in the second half, everybody got loose and then we could just play how we play.” 

On traveling to New York with the young guys for a big game …
“Coach says he forces young guys to grow up quick and three games into the season, we’re playing at the Garden. But we have to come out with the win.”

On if this team is ready for a game like this …
“Yes, I think so. They’ve played in other big time games before, I’m sure. This is another big game and we have to come out and play.” 

On if he’s looking forward to playing Michigan State …
“I am looking forward to it. Michigan State is a great team from what I’ve heard. We’ve been playing pretty well. We have practice tomorrow where we will go over the scouting report and go from there.” 

#3, Bam Adebayo, Freshman, Forward


On how he felt when he wasn’t making shots in the 1st half …
“I had to believe in myself and not put my head down, but just keep playing. You have those days, but it’s just another day that goes by. You get in the gym the next day and get better.”

On how Isaiah Briscoe's experience helped them as a team …
“I think it (helped) because he’s use to the college game and the pace. We’re getting used to it, but he’s our leader. We follow.”

On what he’s adjusting to at the college level …
“Keeping my hands high and trying not to foul and getting into the flow of the pace.”

On Briscoe’s performance ...
“We just depended on Isaiah (Briscoe). We all have to go out at the right time and ball. We’re a team and Isaiah is going to get a lot of shots because he’s our leader. Other than that, we just have to follow behind him and get in rhythm.”

#0, De’Aaron Fox, Freshman, Guard


On the mood after the first timeout …
“Nothing really changed. We are young. Teams come out and they play the best against us. They made shots and we didn’t. We just took shots to try to take the lead and we did by half time.”
 
On Isaiah Briscoe changing the mood after multiple shots in the first half …
“He just took over. I mean, he did what a leader was supposed to do. He knows what’s going on. He has been in the adversity before here. You know, we haven’t faced it yet. He stepped up and we followed his lead.”
 
On what was said in the first timeout …
“Just lock up and play defense. Play defense. Play defense the entire 30 seconds. You know, those guys are going to make shots that they usually probably haven’t made before just because they are playing us. Just come out and chip at the lead and we will be fine.”
 
On if he was surprised how Canisius started the game …
“No, not really. We watch film and the guys made tough shots. We called a timeout, and after that we just kept playing basketball. That is all you can do.”
 
On the competitiveness being different in college than in high school …
“Guys come out here and they want to beat us. We have a lot of top talent guys and All-Americans. That is what they see, and they just want to come out here and prove that they can do better and that they can play with us, and that is what they did for a while. We just blew the lead open.”
 
On his ability to use both hands …
“It is a huge advantage. I worked on it. I broke my left thumb freshman year of high school and I was out for like four weeks. So, that just helped me. I worked on my right hand and I started eating with my right hand and brushing my teeth with my right hand. People don’t know, but little things like that can help you. It helped me work on my ball handling and shooting flow and dribbling with my right and and stuff. It has helped my game a lot.”
 
On the upcoming game against Michigan State …
“No, not necessarily pumped up. I mean, those guys want to play us. We don’t really have anybody, well I can only speak for myself, but circled on our calendar. We go out the next game and do what we are doing and I think we will be fine.”
 
On knowing and playing against Miles Bridges …
“Yeah, I know him pretty well. We played each other once in AAU. He is a strong guy who can get up and down the floor. He played two, three, four and has been putting up good numbers since he has been at Michigan State. You just have to go out and play.”
 
On poking fun at Michigan State players during All-American Games …
“It was friendly. We are all friends. On the court, you just cut all ties. We aren’t going in saying we are about to be friends. We are going in saying it is a game.”
 
On being excited to play in Madison Square Garden …
“Yeah, somewhat. I know it is history. I know all the guys that have played there and obviously it is an NBA stadium. They have concerts and football games and stuff. But I don’t want to go in (thinking it is more). I mean, it is another arena. There is no wall behind the goal. I mean, you have people sitting behind the goal. Go in and think of it as another game.”
 
On freshmen stepping up and taking over in the game …
“Yeah. Bam (Adebayo) is a beast. He is probably the most athletic guy on the court. His rebounding is special. He did that tonight even after we were struggling. We struggled on the glass the last couple of games. We were all just trying to help out.”

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