Mark Gottfried Press Conference (AUDIO)
"Our young guys are eager and anxious. They've worked really hard up to this point."
"We're going to treat it as a mini-camp leading up to fall break."
"We are excited. I'm excited for these guys. I think they hear and read that the expectations are for them to not be really good."
"I think they are ready to go."
"I think we were ahead of both Carolina and Duke if I have that right."
"We're also a team that's trying to score in the 80s too. WE're going to give up some points. I think that's a little misleading."
"We've got a lot of young guys that have to really understand what it takes at this level."
"T.J. has spent this spring, summer, and fall working extremely hard. He's been in the gym as much as anybody... he's a very dedicated guy that wants to have a great year."
"He's going to be the focal point at times, more than he was a year ago."
"Every single year, regardless of the makeup of your team, I want to play in the NCAA Tournament. That's the goal."
"Now you're talking about a group of guys that are young, inexperienced, and don't understand yet how difficult it is to play in this league."
"That's our goal. That's what we want to do, but we've got a long ways to go to get there obviously."
"T.J. can play on the perimeter and I think he can play on the inside at times."
"I think the challenge that we've made for T.J. is that we know he can score, but he's got to be a very good defender and rebounder. We need his rebounding this year as much as anything."
"He's had a terrific offseason."
"We went for years where we were never able to be on the court with our players in the offseason."
"Our freshmen have been here since July, and I think they've all done very well."
"BeeJay is a guy that has the potential to be a very good player."
"Lennard has been a little bit of a surprise, to be honest. He's proven he's going to be a very good rebounder, a very good defender."
"The sky is the limit with Kyle Washington."
"They've done a prety good job so far."
"Ralston Turner has played at Kentucky... he's been on the road, he understands a little bit."
"Desmond has not scored a basket at the Division I level... typically it takes a little while, he may go through that, we'll see. But, he has a chance to be really good. He's kind of good at everything. He does a lot of things well."
"You have to have a schedule that's going to challenge your team, make you better, and also look good to the selection committee."
"It forces you to really learn about your team."
"I want to become at the end of the year the best possible team you can be and I think playing an aggressive schedule gets you there."
"We were very well-aware when we got the job two years ago of what we were inheriting."
"At that time, even that group, there wasn't a lot of expectations for those guys either... 48 wins in two years, back-to-back tournaments."
"I think Tyler has had a really good spring, summer, and fall."
"My challenge for Tyler was to get a little stronger... he's got to be more ornery during games."
"I think Tyler has attempted to do everything we've asked. He's got stronger, he's more vocal, he's stepping forward as a leader."
"From April to October he's done a great job of what we've asked him to do."
"The bottomline is to win. Every team takes on a little bit different identity."
"I think the way we play, the system that we use, the uptempo style we like to have, we need more guys to score."
"To get to 80, you need more than one guy to get baskets for you."