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BleedGopher
08-30-2018, 01:36 PM
per Marcus:

MURPHY ON CURRY: “Seeing Eric work hard this summer definitely inspired me. Seeing him get in the gym those late nights with those long rehab sessions he had. Just watching him go through that was a testament to his work ethic, spirt, heart and passion he has for this team. Definitely hat off to him trying to get healthy.”

FRONTCOURT HELP: “All these guys are really talented and really smart. They have no problem gelling and meshing with the rest of the team. I really think highly of these guys and how talented they are as far as the frontcourt goes. They’re working hard. They just have to continue to listen to coaching and work hard. Most definitely (will have best frontcourt in Big Ten). No doubt.”

TEAM GOALS: “It’s everyone’s goal to be on top of the Big Ten. That’s pretty much everybody’s goal at this point. Definitely make the tournament, be on top of the Big Ten and make the conference tournament. That’s pretty much what I want to cap off my last year.”

OFFSEASON WORK: “I pretty much worked on everything. I wouldn’t say I’m satisfied with my game and how I performed in games. I’m a guy who just has to go over everything. And make sure every aspect of my game is air tight. Just making sure there’s nobody who can stop me.”

ON JARVIS OMERSA (freshman forward): “He’s up there. He’s up there. He definitely has some outstanding athleticism. It’s like ‘wow’ every practice. There are times when he gets ahead of himself. But I think he’s learning and keeping an open mind. He definitely wants to learn. He asks the right questions. Sometimes he just has to realize he has a lot to learn, but he has time to do it.”

SIMILARITIES TO HIMSELF: “A little bit. We definitely had the same mindset coming in our freshman year. I can see a little bit of myself in him. I think I was a little bit better shooter my freshman year (joking).”

ON ISAIAH WASHINGTON: “I definitely think his mentality is different coming into this year. He’s definitely learned a lot and grown a lot as a person. So I think that really helped him. He’s blocking out a lot of outside noise and just focusing on himself and his game. That’s where he needs to be at this point, so I’m really proud of him on that aspect.”

ON AMIR COFFEY AND DUPREE MCBRAYER LEADERSHIP: “Both of those dudes first and foremost are two of the most talented players on the team for sure. They’re definitely very skilled guards and great defenders. With their experience guarding every team’s best player they have a lot to give us defensively. They have a lot offensively to give and are very high IQ players. So they have a lot they can teach the younger guys. They can past that down to them.”

ON BROCK STULL ADDITION: “It brings a whole different perspective to the team. What Akeem (Springs) brought was very valuable with his shooting and his leadership. He was one of the more outspoken people on that (NCAA tournament) team. I think with Brock hopefully he can bring that same energy and passion for the game that Akeem brought.”

CURRY ON INJURY RECOVERY: “In the beginning stages I really listened and I was taking my time. I didn’t push or press anything. Not complaining. Towards the end of the summer when I got healthy I started to play 5-on-5. They limited my time, so I started to get a little bit impatient. I was like ‘Coach, put me in and let me practice more. I’m ready.’ But I Iove what they’re doing with it. I’m not going to rush it. It’s not just for right now. They’re looking out for my future.”

CURRY ON HIS SKILLS: “Last year, before I got injured my three-point shot was really outstanding. I wanted to show that I could really shoot and stretch the floor. I couldn’t do that my freshman year. So I expanded it last summer. This year after rehabbing and working, I’m really scared. It’s just a confidence thing to drive, so my jumper has gotten good again. Because I’m scared to drive in the lane.”

CURRY ON OTURU: “He’s an elite shot blocker. So that helps us a lot, because we lost Reggie (Lynch). And he was an elite shot blocker as well. So that adds to the team. He’s very mobile big, so that helps us defensively as well.”

CURRY ON PAYTON WILLIS (former AAU teammate and Vanderbilt transfer): “He brings a lot of leadership as well in the backcourt. He’s going to push Isaiah in practice. He’s got college experience. Helping Isaiah, Amir and Dupree out in practice and helping them be the best they can be will help him contribute this year.”

http://www.startribune.com/gophers-basketball-state-fair-murphy-curry-and-pitino-interview-notes/492101211/

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Winasota Gopher
08-30-2018, 09:10 PM
Scared to drive.

60's Guy
08-31-2018, 12:10 AM
Scared to drive.

Seems natural and a sign of his willingness to learn. Also, pretty cool he is willing to be that honest. 12 months is a long rehab. The idea of doing it all over again is not something anyone wants. He'll adjust, his confidence will grow the more he plays....he's barely back...not fully cleared to play even yet. Patience, he'll get there.

Otis
08-31-2018, 05:32 AM
Scared to drive.

Maybe he wants those defenders to get up close on him so he can catch them off guard and blow by them. Or he just told them how to defend him and he'll never get that jumper off.

Winasota Gopher
08-31-2018, 06:14 AM
Seems natural and a sign of his willingness to learn. Also, pretty cool he is willing to be that honest. 12 months is a long rehab. The idea of doing it all over again is not something anyone wants. He'll adjust, his confidence will grow the more he plays....he's barely back...not fully cleared to play even yet. Patience, he'll get there.



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UpAndUnder43
08-31-2018, 08:40 AM
The scared to drive thing is fine. Once he gets back to playing full time, instincts will take over and he'll just do it.

theczar
09-03-2018, 11:01 AM
Working on trusting his knee with respect to dribble drive....