After Kentucky defeated Monmouth Tyler Herro, Ashton Hagans and Quade Green spoke to the media.

Tyler Herro

Ashton Hagans

Quade Green


Quotes from UK Athletics

UK Student-Athletes

#2, Ashton Hagans, Fr., G

On the origin of the energy they played with tonight…

 “Practice has been way different. Before every drill, we’re running. We’re getting our conditioning in. We changed up the defensive strategy. We’re doing what we need to do on the defensive end. We’ll do some lunges, then we get right back to running. He [Calipari] is just trying to get us up and down the court to defend on transitions and half-court play.” 

On getting back to the basics…

 “Like he [Calipari] said before, he tried to go too far in the beginning. We thought we were ready, but now it’s just going back to the small steps we need to work on now. Now, we’re just getting back to the defensive end, the offense is going to come. We’re just worried about defense.”

On having the greenlight from deep… 

Not really. I’m focused on attacking and getting my teammates the ball. We have some shooters – Quade (Green) and Tyler (Herro)… Keldon (Johnson) can knock down the 3 too. He’s better at driving though. If he’s open at the three-point line though, he’ll hit the shot. That’s what we expect though. 

#0, Quade Green, So., G

On overall thoughts of the game…

“I felt good. Thanks to my teammates, they found me when I was open. Thanks to them, I was able to hit the shot.”

On if he thinks this is the best 3-point shooting team at UK…

“I don’t know. I’ve never looked at it like that. I’m going to do some research and find out and I’ll get back with you all.”

On Calipari saying this was the best game the team has played all season…

“Best defensive game we’ve played so far. We had no straight line-drives… nobody got easy straight lines to the runway with lay-ups and stuff.”

On working on transition defense the last few days …

“Yeah, I think that helped us. That influence helped us focus on stopping the ball the majority of the time, so that’s what really helped us. It doesn’t really matter what stops the ball, just that the ball stops.”

On the thinking behind offensive rhythm …

“Just trying to make baskets. That’s what it really is, offensive confidence. It starts with defensive confidence first.”

#14, Tyler Herro, Fr., G

On what the team has improved on…

“I think we played much better defensively. I think just communicating and talking, we did a lot better. Staying in front of our command and not giving up 3’s, we did really well on tonight.” 

On what the team has been focusing on in practice…

“I think we started it two days ago. The first day, from both sides we all struggled. It kind of showed that we were lacking in transition defense in there and yesterday. It got much better and then, today, it was better again during shootaround this morning. So I think just continuing to do that every day, same with the other kinds of drills that we’ve been doing and continuing like coach has been preaching. It’s going to be a process but I think we’ll be fine.”

On his shooting…

“I’m just trying to make the right play every time I’m on the court. Quade’s just as good or even a better shooter than me so whenever he gets the opportunity he can let it go.”

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