Friday, February 24, 2017

Video/Transcript: UK Players Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo Pre - Florida Press Conference Interview


Video courtesy of kywildcatstv

#5, Malik Monk, Freshman, Guard

On getting another shot at Florida …

“Another opportunity. Like (Coach) Cal said, if we win it’s a big game. If we lose it’s on to the next one. It’s just another opportunity.”

On playing for first place in the SEC standings …
“We’re playing for first place, but like Cal said, if we lose it’s on to the next game. We gotta focus on who’s next.”

On what it would mean to win the SEC …
“It’s good, but Cal plays for the NCAA Tournament. He’s told us that before. We’re just fighting for the NCAA Tournament. If we lose, we care about it, but we gotta move to the next game and the next game is going to be there.”

On how much this game means after losing by 22 in Gainesville …
“We want to come out with a lot of energy. If we do that, I think we’ll be fine. But like I said, if we lose we gotta be ready for the next game. But they did put a whoopin’ on us down there. We gotta bring something back.”

On how embarrassing it was to get beat like that …

“Super. I mean, we didn’t really get beat like that. We watched film and we were down six, we were down four sometimes, we were down eight and then we just let little mistakes slip up on us. We did that to ourselves.”

On Florida’s guards …
“They’re great on ball screens. They read everything great. They can get to their spots great. They do everything great off the ball screen. We just gotta focus in on that.”

On what he says out of Florida’s guards defensively …
“We just gotta, like I said, have a lot of energy and a bunch of ball pressure and I think we’ll be fine.”

On why they didn’t have the energy the first time against Florida …
“I can’t tell you that. We don’t know, but we didn’t have it, so that’s a bad thing.”

On having the video put out promoting him for All-America …
“I didn’t even see it yet, but (UK assistant director of media relations) Deb (Moore) sent me the link and stuff, but I haven’t gotten a chance to watch it yet.”

On if freshman guard De’Aaron Fox practiced Thursday …
“He did a little thing but you gotta ask Coach on the rest.”

On what they’ve done to get more together as a team …
“Ran. Ran a lot. A lot of running.” [Laughter.]

On getting beat on the boards by 25 the first time they played Florida …
“Bad. We gotta come out with energy and we gotta be way more physical than they were. They were more physical than us down there.”

On Florida graduate senior guard Canyon Berry shooting free throws underhanded …
“I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it before. I don’t care, he makes them. Whatever it takes to make them.”

On if he’s ever tried shooting free throws underhanded …
“I’ve tried a couple times. That’s pretty hard to do. I don’t know how he does it.”

On where the team’s confidence level is after five straight wins …
“We always have confidence, but sometimes we come out with confidence and no energy and sometimes we come out with confidence and energy. That shows us who we are when we come out with energy. But we always have confidence.”

On why a team can ever come out with no energy …
“That’s a good question. I really don’t know. I don’t know what to tell you. Not focused is the only thing I can say.”

On who on the team will call others out if they don’t look like they have energy …
“Everybody. We can say anything to anybody and nobody takes hard feelings. We’re alright.”

On it being a good thing they can do that …“Yeah, for sure. We can do that now. We got to that point where we can tell anybody anything and we’ll say, ‘Alright, we gotta do something and get better.’ ”

On Adebayo saying he didn’t do anything different at Missouri …
“Yeah, he didn’t. We just threw him the ball more. That’s all. We got him the ball.”

On if they’ll look for Adebayo more against Florida …
“For sure. For sure. I think Florida lost their big, so yeah, I think we have an advantage there. So, we gotta get Bam the ball.”

#3, Bam Adebayo, Freshman, Forward

On whether he did anything different vs. Missouri …

“I didn’t do anything differently. My routine’s the same. I went out with the same intensity, the same fight I had, and just came up with a little more rebounds, a little more points.”

On whether that builds his confidence …
“Yeah, it should add to anybody’s confidence. Not just mine. We all have high confidence so it keeps carrying on.”

On the confidence level of this team right now …
“We’re at an all-time high because we’re getting it together. We’re coming together even more and we’re buying in.”

On what they want to prove vs. Florida …
“Just that we just got fight, we got determination and we got heart.”

On what he remembers about the first game vs. Florida …
“We just came out sloppy and they came out with intensity. That’s pretty much it.”

On whether that’s easy to fix …“Yeah, we just all gotta have the right intensity, the right mindset. We gotta all be ready for the game.”

On whether a sense of urgency is kicking in …
“For every person that’s just getting into college like us, we’re eager to get to the NCAA Tournament, but we gotta take it game by game.”

On whether the goal is to match Florida’s 22-point margin of victory …
“The goal is to win, pretty much. If you look at it, a W’s a W no matter by 22 or by one.”

On what Isaiah Briscoe gives the team even through struggles …
“He still brings leadership. He’s a high-profile guy. We look up to Zay. He’s a good defender. I know he gets in the right spot on offense. He just helps us out in other ways.”

On whether they say anything to Briscoe when he struggles …
“We all just cheer him on. We don’t bash him or anything like that. We just try to build his confidence.”

On rebounding vs. Florida …“It was pretty much we all just gotta rebound and just come up with boards.”

On whether he can explain why Florida dominated on the glass …
“They just got more 50-50 balls than us and it just turned out they had more rebounds.”

On whether there is a revenge factor in this game …
“You want to win every game. We lost down there, so our expectation is to win.”

On whether they think about winning the SEC …“I just want to win, so winning an SEC title is something to me just like it is just winning another game.”

On whether he can play the rest of the season like he did vs. Missouri …
“I think I can be that every game the rest of the season. I just gotta put my mind to it and be more confident.”

On whether consistency is all about confidence …
“Yeah, and then my intensity and my confidence and just seeing how the game’s going.”

On what he attributes inconsistency in rebounding to …
“When my teammates rebound, it’s hard for me to rebound. We’re all fighting for rebounds so you’re going to have to share some.”

On what he remembers about the last Florida game …
“We came out lackadaisical.”

On why that happened …
“I don’t know. I have no idea. We just came out slow and they came out hot.”

On whether that’s the biggest change that has to happen …
“Yeah, that’s the biggest change. Just coming out with intensity, everybody’s game ready and ready to go.”

On what winning the SEC would mean to them …
“Winning is everything, so we just want to win. Losing doesn’t feel good, so I’d like to be on the winning side.”

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