With Cal in Massachusetts watching Rashad Vaughn, John Robic went in front of the local media this morning to preview tomorrow night’s game against Texas A&M. Here are a few tidbits:
1. Elston Turner is gone, but Jamal Jones could be a problem
When you think of Texas A&M basketball, you think of Elston Turner. Turner dropped 40 on the Cats last season in Rupp, and Robic jokingly asked reporters “he’s not back, is he?”. Thankfully, he is not, but Robic mentioned another Aggie that may give the Cats fits: junior guard Jamal Jones. Jones is a juco transfer that averages 12 points a game, a figure Robic couldn’t believe wasn’t higher. Robic called him a dual threat player that can score off the dribble and off the catch: “If you watch the film, he’s scoring basket after basket after basket.”
2. The slow starts are still a mystery
Robic was at a loss when asked why the Cats continue to start games slowly. “If we had the answer to that question, we’d be good,” Robic quipped. “It seems like we’re ready to play. Pre-game warmups have been really good, I think it’s a carryover of a really good shoot around that morning.” The mystery continues…
3. Willie had a good practice yesterday
After two bad games in a row, Willie Cauley-Stein is keeping his head up in practice, and Robic said that Willie understands that he either has to assert himself physically in games, or sit on the bench: “He has to anticipate, he has to make contact, he can’t just worry about out-jumping someone,” Robic told reporters. “He knows. He knows he has to fight. And if he doesn’t fight, he can’t be on the court. And he knows that. Cal’s explained that to him, and he did fine yesterday.”
4. James Young reminds Robic of Chris Douglas-Roberts
When asked about James Young’s odd shooting form, Robic said that Young reminds him of Chris Douglas-Roberts from Memphis in terms of his unorthodox shot: “It doesn’t look like it’s going in, but somehow it finds a way to go in.” Robic said that the staff still has “all the confidence in the world” in Young, especially after that big shot in overtime at Arkansas.
Enjoy the entire presser above, especially the part where Alan Cutler makes Robic wait to begin so he can do a color test for the cameras.