- November 3, 2022 at 12:10 pm #24968
At approximately 1:00 p.m., Todd Golden and select players will address the media ahead of their season-opener Monday against Stony Brook. Follow along here for live updates:
- November 3, 2022 at 12:50 pm #24970
Just got word that Castleton will be up first on the podium, as he’s got a 1:15 workout he has to attend.
- November 3, 2022 at 12:52 pm #24971
Got further word that the 1:15 workout is a full-team weightlifting workout. The press conference may just he Castleton then Golden. More to come.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:00 pm #24972
Now on the podium: Colin Castleton
- November 3, 2022 at 1:01 pm #24973
Castleton says the last time he measure himself was “last year,” and when he did, he was a “legit 6’11”.”
- November 3, 2022 at 1:03 pm #24974
He says while hanging out off the court helps, it takes real 5on5 play to truly build team-comradery.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:04 pm #24975
On the team’s depth, he said Golden has done a great job building it. That was one of the things he talked to Golden about before returning. Says it’s nice to have guys on the bench that can come off and “get a few buckets.”
- November 3, 2022 at 1:05 pm #24976
On Kyle Lofton, he says he’s a real vocal leader on the court. Says it’s nice to have a guy in his 5th year of college beside him that is happy to get guys in the right spots on the court.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:05 pm #24977
“He knows how to speak to guys our age, the terminology and stuff.” — On how Golden, at his young age for a coach, is able to relate to the team.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:07 pm #24978
“It’s just stuff,” he says, shrugging, on how good of an indicator preseason is on how good the team will he. Says you don’t ever really know until real games begin to be played.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:08 pm #24979
On Fudge and Felder, he says Felder is a bigger body who will be able to draw a lot of fouls. Describes Fudge as “raw” and “athletic.” Says both will be able to contribute in their own unique ways.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:09 pm #24980
“Certain things you take pride in, you do better in the game.” — On defensive rebounding
- November 3, 2022 at 1:10 pm #24981
“Has a great, positive mindset, has great energy, is a really likable guy.” — on Jitoboh
Adds that having Jason by his side the past three years has been great for him, has helped him get through his injuries because they’re “minimal” compared to what Jitoboh’s had to have gone though.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:12 pm #24982
Now on the podium: Todd Golden
- November 3, 2022 at 1:14 pm #24983
On the team’s depth, says “we have 11 guys going into Monday that I’d feel comfortable starting.”
- November 3, 2022 at 1:15 pm #24984
“There are 8-10 teams that could compete for an NCAA tournament appearance.” — on the SEC
- November 3, 2022 at 1:17 pm #24985
Says there are guys that can play starter’s minutes one night, and 10-12 another. Says he’ll taper minutes based on how guys are playing. Rotation will be as such, says he’ll “never” go 5-in-5-out as that’s “not conducive to winning.”
- November 3, 2022 at 1:18 pm #24986
“It’s crazy, to he honest. I feel like we haven’t had much time off since March, and its been a blast.” — on the season having just about arrived
- November 3, 2022 at 1:18 pm #24987
On the teams depth, calls it “comforting.”
- November 3, 2022 at 1:20 pm #24988
On winning: “It’s the only thing I care about.” Says at the end of the day, some guys who aren’t getting as many minutes as others may not be happy about it, but it’s all about winning games.
“It’s up to them how they treat eachother, how they support eachother.”
- November 3, 2022 at 1:22 pm #24989
On CJ Felder, says he’s been one of the main guys who has provided help with rebounding.
Says rebounding has been a major point of focus, specifically defensive rebounding, as it’s something the team struggled with last season.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:23 pm #24990
“You gotta make sure the right guys are taking them.” —- On the team’s 3-point struggles last season and how he’s looking at that going forward into this year.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:24 pm #24991
Says the team started breaking down Stony Brook yesterday. Says they have a lot of guys who can really shoot the ball and that he expects them to shoot a lot of threes. “That concerns me.”
Adds that they’re well coached, but says that if he and his Gators can take care of the ball and defensive rebound well, that should be able to take care of business.
- November 3, 2022 at 1:27 pm #24992
“We’re looking forward to it. It’s gonna be great, getting the start of this era going.” —- Golden, with a smile on his face, on Monday night
- November 3, 2022 at 1:27 pm #24993
That concludes today’s media availability.
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