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Eloy embracing his role

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One of the quiet side stories so far this season is the gradual development of Eloy Vargas as a valuable backup for Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones. While his teammates may dominate the headlines and highlight reels, Eloy takes care of the dirty work down low–being physical in the lane, banging for boards, and if need be, making his opponents earn their points at the foul line. Over at VaughtsViews.com, Larry Vaught has a great interview with Eloy, Cal, and the team about the senior’s role this season. Here are a few quotes to tickle your taste buds:

Eloy on what he brings to the team:

“I just try to go as hard as I can for as long as I can when I do get into a game. That is what I do. When Coach (John Calipari) calls my name, I just go in and play hard. Like at Indiana when we were in foul trouble, I just tried to play my best. I have to keep pushing. I have to be rough and tough. That is my role on this team. I have to be tougher in my role than what I have been so far, too. I have to dive for balls, bang on people, get rebounds, keep everyone out of the middle. I know my job.”

Cal on Eloy’s patience and how it will pay off later this season:

Eloy Vargas is going to have his opportunities. Can he stay focused so when they come he’s ready to go and he’s ready to prove that he should be playing more? The other side of it, and I’m not saying he’s doing this, but the guy pouts, or he should be this, or you start making excuses or you’re embarrassed. Then when your opportunity comes, you’re going to blame somebody because you’re going to drop the ball, and it’s going to be someone else’s fault.

What Eloy’s doing is he’s biding his time and he’s waiting. I just want him to do well. By the end of the year, he’s one of those guys when we go to him, he physically can play. There are going to be games where Kyle (Wiltjer) cannot be in there because of who he has to guard against. Who he has going to have to guard, and Eloy can. That’s what’s good about our team.”

The piece is chock full of warm fuzzy quotes like these, so be sure to go check it out. All the centaurs are doing it.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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10 Comments for Eloy embracing his role



  1. NKY Austin
    2:05 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    First



  2. over the hills and far away
    2:19 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    Great picture. Love Eloy Centaurgas !



  3. Fat ninja
    2:20 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    Second



  4. Real Cats Fan
    2:22 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    We may have to lean on Eloy quite a bit against the birds Saturday. He is really the only player we have who can physically match up and bang against Behannan and his Charles Barkleyesque posterior. I am a little concerned about Davis getting in foul trouble against UL – you can be sure that they will be going straight at him in an effort to get some early fouls on him.



  5. blade
    2:26 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    what a stupid picture.



  6. Jerry Tipturd
    2:34 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    i’m not yelping



  7. KidCody
    2:46 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    Does Nike make basketball horseshoes?



  8. Calipari'sInYourEar
    2:59 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    I have no problem with Eloy getting minutes. He’s shown fight and hustle in his limited play this season.

    He’s also shown an offensive awareness that might bag several post plays for us.

    And the picture is awesome. He is The Centaurgas.



  9. Calipari'sInYourEar
    3:03 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    If their is anyone who should go down in history as a quitter (moreso than Bobby Petrino) I’d have to put Rick Pitino up there at the top.

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7393477/louisville-cardinals-rick-pitino-plans-quit-contract-ends-2017

    Why would a coach let anyone know (besdies the AD) when hes planning on quitting?

    It’s the most egotistical move in sports.

    Win a championship for UL, then start talking about when your thinking about leaving. And I have to say, maybe Cal can take some of that advice as well.



  10. Catfan24
    5:05 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    A Cenaurgas sighting!!!