After Kentucky’s annual Blue/White Scrimmage Tyler Herro, Nick Richards & EJ Montgomery spoke the media about the game.

Tyler Herro 

Nick Richards

EJ Montgomery 


Quotes from UK Athletics 

Kentucky Student-Athletes

#14, Tyler Herro, Fr., G

On how he felt tonight…

“I felt good. Getting out there with my teammates, everybody going out having fun, playing in front of a big crowd for the first time. It was good to get out there.”

On how he felt about his shooting…

“I got shots up before this morning and before the game. Just continuing to get my reps in. It felt good to get out there and make some shots.”

On if he feels like Calipari is always trying to find something to correct him on when he’s having a good game…

“I think that’s for every player that he coaches. He just is always trying to make them better. I think I did take, of the four shots I missed, I think two of them were pretty bad shots. They could have been better early in the shot clock, but I feel like he’s always trying to make everybody better. That’s why we’re happy to have him as a coach.”

On if leading the team in scoring is a goal for him…

“Not really. I just go out and have fun, get my shots, make my shots that I get. Any given night anyone could lead us in scoring.”

#4, Nick Richards, So., F

On how his demeanor has changed this year…    

“I’m mostly just trying to have fun playing basketball again. That’s really basically it.” 

On what has improved in his defense…   

“I have more trust in my teammates that if I go for a block somebody is going to get the rebound for me. So, I would say just having more trust in my teammates.”  

On how practice has been different this year compared to last…

“For me, it’s easier because I know what to expect and I know what’s coming towards us. It’s not really as long as last year. It’s more five-on-five, coaches talking to us and telling us what to do while were scrimmaging against each other but mostly it’s more fun. I enjoy it more.” 

On playing around the rim…

“Our mindset is more paint touches that we get, the more it’ll open up for our shooters. We try to start up the game by attacking the lanes, try to get easy layups, try to get lobs and once the defense collapses into the lanes we just look for out shooters. That’s basically the game plan.” 

On playing with a bigger lineup…

“It’s different because you know PJ [Washington]. PJ is basically positionless. In my eyes, he can play 2 through 5 and he can guard 2 through 5 at the same time. It’s going to be a nightmare matchup for a lot of teams. We’re still working on it—just another work in progress.” 

On how having more shooters positively impacts PJ’s game…

“It definitely does because he can post up on the block and try to play more like a power forward. He can show more of his game. “  

#23, EJ Montgomery, Fr., F 

On how he feels he did tonight…

“I think I did pretty good. The whole team did really good. Just went out there and had fun.”

On why big stages make him play better…

I’m just trying to go out there and not think about it. Just go out there and be myself and have fun.”

On if the team brings out the best in each other…

“Yes, definitely. We compete every day in practice and we have to go hard in practice to get each other better. 

On Coach Cal saying he is going to go harder at practice…

“Yes. He said that to me too. I have to bring it every day now.”

On what he’s trying to work on right now …

“Just bringing it every day. Just going out there and not thinking too much about the game. Just be myself.”

 

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