Todd Golden Press Conference 9/27

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    • #22283
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      At approximately noon, Todd Golden and select players will be addressing the media. Follow along here for live updates.

    • #22286
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      The press conference has been delayed 10-15 minutes, in lieu of an expected campus announcement.

    • #22290
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now speaking: Todd Golden

    • #22293
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Golden says having new guys in the program every year is “the new day and age of basketball.” Adds that it feels like they’ve been with each-other for a long time, however.

    • #22296
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Castleton being their best player: “He’s our most proven player … we’ve got a lot of talented players.”

    • #22300
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “He doesn’t have much to prove … we need to get him in shape.” Golden says that Castleton has begun playing 5v5 in practice but has further work to do conditioning-wise.

    • #22301
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Jason Jitoboh is healthy and moving well, Golden says. Adds that he is currently right around 300 pounds.

    • #22302
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Alex Fudge: “He’s an extremely talented, really really good player … he’s the definition of an impactful player.” Adds that he can guard 1-5.

    • #22303
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Will Richard slipped on a wet spot in practice and is currently on crutches. Golden says it’s nothing worthy of concern, however, and not serious.

    • #22304
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Golden says that he’s not afraid to potentially start two point guards or two centers (yes, that means Castleton and Jitoboh), all depending on how guys perform in practice.

    • #22305
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Alex Fudge is now up to 200 pounds, Golden says.

    • #22306
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Golden says that Trey Bonham is more “score-first,” while Kyle Lofton is more “pass-first.”

    • #22307
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now speaking: Myreon Jones

    • #22308
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Jones says that they’re gonna be running a lot of different plays for a lot of different players.

    • #22309
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Jones says that his conversation with Golden, regarding returning to Florida for his final year, was about him returning to his Penn-St self.

    • #22310
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “It was tough, but I don’t use it as an excuse. It’s just a broken Finger.” – Jones on how tough playing injured was

    • #22312
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “Kyle’s a great player. I can see why there was all the transfer portal hype.” – Jones on his new ball-handler

    • #22316
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On the team’s bond: “If you see one of us, you’re probably going to see the rest of us behind him.” Says that they eat together, hang out together, and constantly encourage each-other during practices.

    • #22317
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Jones says that Golden practices with the team sometimes and “talks trash” to them.
      On if his HC is a good trash talker: “Nahhhhh.”

    • #22318
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now speaking: Colin Castleton

    • #22323
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton says his shoulder is back to 100% and that he is 100% healthy.

    • #22324
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says that he’s 247 pounds, the highest weight he’s ever been.

    • #22325
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On playing with an injured shoulder last season: “I just love playing basketball.

    • #22326
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On the NIL and how it affected his decision to stay: “I definitely think it’s a game changer … it’s definitely helped me financially .. it was a factor in me coming back, obviously.”

    • #22327
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

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    • #22328
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now speaking: Kyle Lofton

    • #22329
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On what he likes the most about this team going into the season: “The character of our guys.”

    • #22330
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Lofton says that Golden is “always energized,” and that the team has to “match his energy.”

    • #22331
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Lofton rated Golden an 8/10 on trash-talking ability.

    • #22332
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “I’m a great on-the-ball defender and an even greater off-the-ball defender.” – Lofton on his ability on that end of the floor

    • #22333
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      That’s all from today’s press conference.

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