Basketball practice media availability (10/18/22)

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    • #23837
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Asst. Coach Kevin Hovde and players will be available. Follow along for updates.

    • #23838
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Hovde on evaluating the team: attitude and work ethic are good for year one. Said that’s bud when building a program. Emphasized that they’ve made a big jump over the last couple of weeks

    • #23839
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the guards: “Kyle (Lofton) being out has helped Trey Bonham and Myreon Jones to an extent.”

      Said Jones has been more of a veteran presence while Bonham has been a big play-maker. Zack Weiss and I noted yesterday of Bonham’s playmaking ability

    • #23840
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On what he considers “good shots” in order but it varies based on the player

      1. Rim 2’s- close range
      2. Free throws
      3. Catch-and-shoot threes
      4. Mid-range

    • #23841
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On last years team: said they focused on the individual players that were returning rather than Mike White’s scheme. Said they wanted to get a feel of what each player can do

      On Trey Bonham: said they keep a stat called “virtual assists”- when you would’ve gotten an assist but the player missed the shot. Said that Bonham’s patience and play-making has been the biggest thing. Said he does need to improve on his starts and organizing at the beginning of possessions and needs to be a ball-hawk on defense.

      Said that that’s what makes Kyle Lofton an elite point guard while Bonham isn’t quite there yet

    • #23842
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On Kyle Lofton: he’s a true point guard. Organizer on offense and defense. Said its like having another coach on the court. Hovde coached against him before and said his toughness stood out.

      Compared him to Chris Paul.

    • #23843
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On getting Will Richard back: said it’s big. Praised how he always has a sense for the game with shooting and rebounding.

      Said that Richard and Jones separated themselves from everyone else in shooting drills.

      On Niels Lane: “he’s really tough. His approach has stayed the same every day”

      Said that’s what impressed him the most. Said he is improving his shot, but he needs to improve in finding ways to impact the game rather than focusing on shooting.

    • #23844
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On Riley Kugel: a basketball savant. Said that Kugel has been elite considering he didn’t practice in the summer and hasn’t made a lot of those “freshman mistake”/“habits” that some guys make.

    • #23845
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Will Richard is here: said that he’s been watching film and staying attentive in practice due to his injury.

      Impression of Castleton: Knew he was a good post-scoring, but he’s been surprised by his three-point shot

    • #23846
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the depth: said that that’s an advantage for the team

      On his injury: went for a rebound, slipped on a wet spot, knee went in a bit. He screamed and thought it was serious but he’s thankful that it wasn’t serious.

      Said he’s been testing his limits out in practice but hasn’t had much

    • #23847
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Alex Fudge: craziest thing he’s seen is when Fudge was underneath the basket and closed-out and blocked a shot from passed the 3PT line. Said he’s never seen anything like that before

      On choosing Florida: relationships with the staff. Said they wanted to get to know him as a person with as a player. Genuineness

    • #23849
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Alex Fudge is here

      Dunk on CJ: said it was crazy. He did it before and he wants to do it again. CJ told him he’d get him back.

      On how’d he got to Florida: Golden walked by “that’s a great question.” Fudge pointed to him and said “This guy.”

      Emphasize the connection to the coaching staff right away. Golden told him right away of their plan to get Castleton to come back which was a deciding factor

    • #23850
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On what the staff has told him: be himself and improve on consistency. Said it was something he struggled with at LSU, and he’s gotten better but still needs to improve.

      Said that his motor goes a long way to improving it

    • #23851
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Adds that consistency on the court also comes from consistency off the court. Creating good Habits away leads to good habits on the court

    • #23852
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On his biggest improvement since high school: conditioning. Said he used to only be able to run up and down the court 7 times. It was a mindset issue, but now he doesn’t think about being tired anymore.

      Adds that he made a decision to work harder considering he’s doing something he loves every day

    • #23853
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On Castleton: said he’s got it all and then some.

      Said he didn’t remember Colin shooting from long range last season in their matchup, but now he’s letting it fly.

      “We got a stretch five.”

      With Jitoboh also being able to let it fly: “We got two of em”

    • #23854
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Kyle Pitts reference?

      Fudge described Will Richard as a “unicorn”

      On a 3PT shooting contest. Said it’d be between Richard, Reeves and Jones, but Richard would probably win.

      Dunk or block? It depends. Hard to argue against catching a body

    • #23856
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Trey Bonham is here.

      On the last two weeks: said it’s definitely helped him a lot because he got more reps. When Richard first went down he struggled with the reps at PG as he didn’t know all of the offense

    • #23857
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On being a play-maker: said he feels like an all-around guard as he can drive, shoot and pass.

      On Castleton: “Offensively, he can’t be stopped.” Chuckled as he mentioned how he can shoot step-back 3s. Defensively, there’s trust that he can help if someone messes up

    • #23858
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On Riley Kugel and Denzel Aberdeen:

      Said Kugel is a freak of nature with his athleticism.

      Said Denzel is a good play-maker but a little timid.

    • #23859
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On what’s a good shot: Said the staff has emphasized not being in a hurry to get a shot off. Also passing off a good shot for a great shot. You may be able to drive in, but if you can draw defenders in and kick it out, that’s a better shot

    • #23860
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the competition to get in the rotation: said that they separate from first team and second team, but that there are days the second team smacks them in the mouth.

      Kyle Lofton was watching with a smile from the balcony. “Can you take Kyle Lofton to the rack?” “Definitely.”

      “Trey funny,” Lofton said while walking away

    • #23861
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      That concludes the availability

    • #23862
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Zack Weiss will be providing coverage of practice beginning at 1:30

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