They said it: Part 1 of SEC Media Day

27 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The media poured into the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama for Media Day on Thursday. As usual, there were some funny moments, some boring ones and some solid ones. The boring ones were kept out of this recap.

You are welcome.

“It’s a lot of talking…You have two ears and one mouth so you’re supposed to listen twice as much as you talk and today I’m talking twice as much as I’m listening.” – Billy Donovan pretty much summed up what Media Day is.

“I know what type of player I want to be. I just want to lead the team by example and be focused every day in practice and give the players someone they can look up too and just watch.” – Terrence Jones on what the difference between last year and this year for him.

“The guy who was guarding him wasn’t a very good defender. That’s one thing. I think he scored a bunch on the whole team. We had three freshmen on one team, and we had three veterans on the other.” – John Calipari on Jones’s 52 points. Hmmm, sounds familiar to my morning observations.

“He has come into our program with a boatload of accolade, and you would never know it. He’s got a great demeanor, very humble, a sweet kid. He has come in with the attitude that he has joined our team, not that the team has joined him. He’s very coachable and listens to everything I say, while paying great attention to detail, and the fact that he’s very vocal and very talented is really has a chance at a great future.” – Mark Fox on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s addition to Georgia’s lineup that lost Howard Thompkins and Travis Leslie to the NBA Draft.

“When you take over as a head coach, you’re trying to add so much stuff with so much about your style and philosophy, offensively and defensively. It’s encompassing. It’s time consuming. And, this year because you’ve got so many veteran players returning with only three. The newcomers, they’re transfers. They’ve practiced all year, so they knew your system. It’s only two or three freshmen that have to learn as opposed to fifteen players. We were so unprepared for that first half of the season (last year). It’s natural; any first year coach it happens to them. There’s so much to get in and there’s so much to teach. This year, I had to close the practice book because we were so much more advanced that we didn’t have to go back to that book.” – Auburn’s Tony Barbee on the progress of his Tiger team.

“We took a scoring guard, put him at the point, and allowed him to do some things he could already do… We built a system around him and allowed him to do what (Dee Bost) does best (last year)…(This year) I think we have good balance. We can score different ways with different guys. The thing that stands out in this team from last year’s team is that I’ve got a lot more guys that can dribble and pass it and put a lot of pressure on the rim.” – Mississippi State’s Rick Stansbury on the upgrade in his backcourt.

“It’s funny that three or four years ago I was being asked if I thought the league was down and now I won’t have to hear that question here today. I would say our league is as strong and healthy as it has been in the 12 to 13 years I have been in it. That will be reflected all season long because I think our league is going to very good.” – Vandy’s Kevin Stallings on the state of the SEC

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