Main Quotes from UK Assistant Coach Joel Justice Pre-Vanderbilt

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Main Quotes from UK Assistant Coach Joel Justice Pre-Vanderbilt

Today UK Assistant Coach Joel Justus met with the media before the team took off to the Volunteer State for the second time in a week to battle, this time to battle the Vanderbilt Commodores for the second time this season. Here are some of the main quotes from the press conference:

 

On Vanderbilt:

“I think that when you play the way that they play, they space the floor and do a great job of moving the ball, moving people (and) getting to their spots. I think you’ve seen how they played in Rupp Arena, saw them play against LSU (only win in last 27 SEC games). They space the floor. They’ve got great guard play in Saben Lee and Scottie Pippen Jr. that can get by your initial line of defense, which they did against us here a little bit. When they get paint touches, you have to collapse and that leaves shooters open. I think when you play teams like that, you can’t give them early open looks.”

 

On Immanuel Quickley:

“Immanuel shows up every night. He’s a guy that competes, a guy that is focused, a guy that is driven.”

 

“If shots don’t fall, sometimes that’s the way the game is, but he’s gonna be a guy that’s engaged.”

 

On Johnny Juzang:

“I think Johnny’s a guy that’s put time in, (and) has listened to (UK Head Coach John Calipari) and all he’s said.”

 

“You gotta be ready when your name is called and when your opportunity is given. He’s a guy that’s put in that time and put in that work, but also stayed confident and stayed hungry.” 

 

On the team learning to stretch a lead:

“It’s experience with learning to play on the road with a lead, learning how to play at home with a lead, and you still got different combinations of guys playing longer stretches.”

 

 “Any time you have young people, you have guys that are learning to play with each other in certain situations.”

 

On Ashton Hagans recent play:

“Ashton is a driven, competitive young man that wants to do well first and foremost. And sometimes Ashton comes in and is trying to make the right play be perfect instead of just taking what’s there, and getting our team into some offense. He’s trying to get guys involved and I think he’s really trying to do what coach (UK Head Coach John Calipari) tells him to do, he’s trying to do what our team is asking him to do. He wants to win more than anything.”

 

“I don’t think it (Hagans’ recent play) concerns us. It’s another opportunity for him to learn and grow and he’s still a young basketball player in the grand scheme of things.”

 

On Keion Brooks Jr.:

“He’s an active live-body that doesn’t quit at first when he’s hit.”

 

 “He had a period of time where he was playing well, and then he got a little bit sick. I think we’ve talked about that, and now I think he’s back feeling 100 percent, he’s practicing really well. Every time he plays every minute he just gains experience and that’s what we need for everybody.”

 

On the team’s successful free-throw shooting:

“I think we have guys that are confident. They have had a demonstrated performance of success making free throws in games, and that’s really the biggest thing. When you look at Nick Richards, when you talk about Ashton Hagans, when you talk about Immanuel Quickley, guys that have the ball in big time situations, they’re gonna be comfortable. But I also think you look at guys that have come into this program or this team this year have been in situations where you have to take big shots, whether it be in a grass-roots game or a high school game, I think you’re seeing guys who are playing with more and more confidence daily.”

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