A&M Highlights From SEC Hoops Media Days

A&M Highlights From SEC Hoops Media Days

Kourtney Roberson and head coach Billy Kennedy represented the A&M men's basketball program at SEC media days this evening. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop provides some highlights and quotes from Texas A&M's head coach is advance of the 2013-2014 season.

Kourtney Roberson and head coach Billy Kennedy represented the A&M men's basketball program at SEC media days this evening. Here are a few highlights:

Coach Kennedy

On how this year's team is looking...

The team is doing good. We've got a different team. We've got six new guys, a lot of freshman and sophomores. One day we look like we're doing a lot better than we were last year. The next day we look like we're high school players. We're making young mistakes. So I think that'll be our team for awhile, and hopefully we'll mature quickly.

On how Jamal Jones looks and what he adds to the mix...

Jamal Jones is a guy who can score. He really has the ability to score the basketball. He's 6'8",6'9", long, thin, can play the two, three and four for us. He's got to continue to get more physical which will come in time, but he can score a basketball, and that's something we're excited about.

On what will be different this year from last year...

Offensively we'll be a lot different. I think you'll see us spread the floor a little more, and I'm trying to get used to letting guys shoot more threes than I've ever done before in my career. We've usually been an interior team and patient and more disciplined offensively, but we're hoping to play a little more up-tempo and take advantage of the three-point line because we've got more guys who can spread the floor. I think the strength of this league this year is the teams that have two post guys that are pile-up, bruiser-type players and we don't yet have that so we're going to have to play a little bit different offensively and hopefully make those big guys come out on the floor and chase us around a little bit. Defensively, we may have to play more zone which doesn't excite me a whole lot. I've never played a lot of zone, but our team and our length we've got 6'5", 6'6", 6'7", 6'8" guys this year on the perimeter that we didn't have last year or the year before in numbers so I think you'll see us play a little bit different defensively, and maybe play a little more zone than we have in the past.

On the new players and who's standing out...

Jamal Jones, we just talked about him, just his maturity and his ability to score. Antwan Space, the 6'8" forward who has great days and who has terrible days. You know he's just young but he can really score. He's a top-100 forward who transferred from FloridaState. And I really like our freshman Davonte Fitzgerald and Tavario Miller. I think both of those guys have done some good things. We've got a 7-foot freshman that we're going to play, Dylan Johns. We're going to play all those guys.

On whether he feels the program is "on-schedule" with where he thought it would be...

It's been a little slower than I thought when I took the job. There were some academic and talent issues we had to deal with when we got here. We're still in transition. There's only one player still with us who was here two years ago (Kourtney Roberson). But we've made progress, but we don't have a lot of experience. On paper, I think we are a year away. We've brought in some long athletes, and we'll add another in December so we're getting close to where we need to be.

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