Saturday, March 04, 2017

Video/Transcript: UK Player De’Aaron Fox, Derek Willis Post UK 71 vs @Texas A&M 63 Game Comments Press Conference Interview


Video courtesy of kywildcatstv

#0, De’Aaron Fox, G

On another slow start …

“I don’t know, man. We’ve been going through stuff trying to fix it. These last three games, I don’t know, it’s just been different. But we’ve somehow picked up the intensity throughout the game. This time we actually took the lead before halftime and we kept it on the rest of the game.”

On playing close to home …
“Yeah, it was fun. If you saw my ticket list, you’d laugh. And then I know half the students here. So it was fun being able to play in front of family and friends.”

On whether that motivated him in the second half …“Not necessarily. That’s just—I don’t know. That’s been happening the last few games. I’ve been playing my best basketball in the last, I don’t know, four or three minutes of the game and it happened again. It was cool just doing it in front of friends.”

On whether UK’s ups and downs are troubling entering postseason play …
“We got a couple games left. It’s not if we lose it’s done. So, just trying to go into the tournament, it’s my first go-round. We got seniors that have gone through it. Isaiah’s (Briscoe) a sophomore, but he’s gone through it. So at this point, it’s just listening to them, listening to the coaches and, as a freshman, just trying to do what I can do. Troubling, I don’t know, because things can change. We’ve had—it’s been ups and downs. Right now we’re just going to go in, go back in practice and try to get this slate up again.”

On the importance of lobs to Bam Adebayo …“It kind of takes pressure off of us. If we throw two or three lobs, then their bigs won’t help anymore and we’ll get our guards layups and floaters. When we’re doing that, it’s hard to guard us. If our guards–like me, Malik (Monk), Zay (Briscoe) and how Dom (Hawkins) did today—Dom played extremely well, especially in the first half when he was getting into the lane, getting lobs. Then they started backing up and he was making all his floaters. It’s extremely difficult to guard us when we’re getting in the lane like that.”

On the emphasis on taking care of the basketball …
“We’ve put a lot on it, especially when we’re getting up how we were and we didn’t turn the ball over. At the end of the day, they were just making shots. But some other games, we’d get up, have three consecutive turnovers and they’ll get layups and 3s and be right back in the game. So that’s one thing we really put an emphasis on the last three weeks.”

#35, Derek Willis, F

On winning with Malik Monk having an off game …
“Yeah, I mean, it’s just how it is. Some games Malik isn’t going to be on. We can’t depend on him to come out and have like 20-plus scoring games and do all this stuff. It’s just not logical and you can’t put all that on Malik. So that’s where everybody steps up and does other things. I think tonight Dom (Hawkins) kind of came in there and saved us in a sense. He brought energy and pressuring their guards. He had a pretty good game. He had some fouls called on him, but he had a solid game.”

On guarding Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis and Robert Williams …
“Yeah, those are two big dudes and then the kid I was guarding—was it Williams? Yeah, that kid, he’s a nice player. Big, strong kid, real athletic and long. During free-throw box-outs I was boxing him out, but then again he’s just pretty much jumping over me. He’s a nice player and it’s just a lot, but we came out on top.”

On the urgency for the seniors in their last few games …
“Just like you said, last go-round, you want to give it your all and (it’s) just how we’re kind of thinking. And just making the most of it, we want to advance far. We’ve both been to Final Fours and have a lot of experience in postseason play. We know what it takes to get there. We know what we need to do and part of it’s bringing energy and outfighting people. It really doesn’t have anything to do with talent in some of these games. Just outworking people.”

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