COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 2013-14 Maryland men's basketball team opened its doors to the media for the first time this season as it hosted Media Day in Comcast Center Tuesday.
Head Coach Mark Turgeon opened the afternoon with a press conference in Heritage Hall, before players were made available to print and digital media on Gary Williams Court.
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The following quotes are excerpts from the afternoon.
Head Coach Mark Turgeon
“It is a different feel. My first year was my first year. Last year, we had a lot of new players. This year we have veterans. We have just one senior, but it seems like a veteran team. We have been practicing since the 27th [of September], which is unusual. It is funny; every coach calls every coach around the country trying to figure out how to do it. None of us really know what to do. We are not going as long in practice, but we are going.”
“Seth has come a long way. He had a good trip to the Bahamas. He had 10 assists in one game there. It was not really the kind of competition that we are going to see when we get into our schedule, but Seth is doing really well. He is just such a dynamic scorer. Seth can get a shot whenever he wants to get it and that is hard sometimes. He is doing a better job getting us into our offense. Roddy has been a real pleasant surprise. I think I have said that many times. Roddy is almost six foot five. He weighs about 202 now I believe. He has put on a lot of muscle since he has been here. He is really good on the break. Roddy has put time in the gym. He has totally changed his shot. It looks good. He has worked hard at it."
On starting lineup possibilities:
“The way I look at our team right now, I think we have seven and a half starters. Pretty soon it will be eight when the young guys are ready. We can go a lot of different ways. As long as it is doing well for us, I can see us locking into one lineup. Well, at least four of the five guys being pretty consistent throughout the year. I feel really good right now with about seven and a half almost eight players. Most of them are veteran guys that have been around.”
Junior G/F Dez Wells
On being a leader on the team:
"It’s just my personality. I am very vocal and I speak my mind and I make sure everybody is keeping themselves accountable and that they are keeping me accountable for things that I am not doing well. I just want everybody to be their best, play as hard as they can and be as efficient as they can when on the court."
On how life has changed within the last year:
"Life has become a lot easier. Things have gone right for me and for our team. So I am just excited for us and our year and I can’t wait to play with these guys."
Junior G Nick Faust
On being one of the oldest on the team:
"I have taken on a leadership role now. Being an older guy it’s a lot for me; getting the younger guys locked in and things like that. It’s something that I’m looking forward to and I’ll do what I can to make the team better."
On being the guy having to guard the best player on the opposing team.
"Coach has been challenging me since I was a freshman on the defensive end and I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better. I definitely have the defensive presence where I can go out and do that. It’s something that I’m looking forward to."
Sophomore G/F Jake Layman
On his maturation as a player:
“I have more confidence; I struggled with that last year. I think this year I’ve found myself; I know what I can do and I should be doing it.”
On the offseason:
“It’s been good, the Bahamas was a great experience, going with all the guys over there and playing well I think it was good for me. The workouts have gone well, it was a good summer.”
Sophomore G Seth Allen
On early practices:
“I was up last year every morning at 7:00 a.m. for study hall, so instead of reading I’m playing basketball. The adjustment is not that hard, the only thing different is you have to be here at 6:45 a.m. to shoot, but most guys stay after practice and shoot.”
On the difference of his play this season:
“I’m more consistent defensively than last year. I’m a better shooter than I was last year and my decision making is much better. Coach Turgeon and I have been working on making the easy play each time.”