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Julius, Dakari, and Jarrod dish on today’s practice

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While the campers were hanging out outside Memorial Coliseum, the team was inside going through one its last practices of the week before two-a-days begin this weekend. Eric Lindsey interviewed Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, and Jarrod Polson afterwards to get their take on how things are going. Here are a few quotes:

Julius Randle:

How things are going in practice: “We’re getting better and you can see a progression in every practice that we’re getting better at what he’s been telling us to do.”

What they’re working on in practice: “Throwing lobs and stuff, just regular passes or dish offs or bounces passes. Him telling us to try new things, things we’re not comfortable doing, but things we’re going to have to do in the game because of how teams are going to guard us. He’s throwing a lot of different stuff at us. We’re playing fast, we’re trying to learn how to think slow while playing fast.”

Dakari Johnson:

On mentally and physically preparing for practice: “It’s really hard, especially when you gotta to wake up in the morning, lift weights, go to classes and tutoring and get your mind mentally prepared to come out and practice. You’ve just gotta push through and just know that he’s doing this for the best of it so that at the end of the day, we can win the National Championship.”

On playing against Marcus Lee in practice: “It’s helping me a lot because he’s a runner and a leaper so I have to kind of keep up with him, so that’s helping my conditioning too, just trying to keep up with him.

Jarrod Polson:

On competition in practice: “We’re by far the deepest team I’ve been on in my four years. We literally have two guys at every position that are going at it, sometimes three, so you can’t really take a break in practice. If you take one break, you’re gonna get exposed and the other man is coming for your spot and you’re coming for their spot. So, it’s definitely a good thing for us and we’re all competing as hard as we can and I think that’s the key to success.”

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8 Comments for Julius, Dakari, and Jarrod dish on today’s practice



  1. Matt
    8:06 pm October 3, 2013 Permalink

    I thought they couldn’t practice yet. Individual workouts???



  2. Delusions
    8:30 pm October 3, 2013 Permalink

    #1 they can practice earlier this year-by 2 weeks. Lol, does Polson really think he’s going after Andrew Harrison’s spot? Oh Jarod, you so cute.



  3. bigcatstanding
    9:55 pm October 3, 2013 Permalink

    #2 Don’t get it confused there will be times during this season when Polson steps in and makes a big play, maybe even one to pull out a win, because of the Harrisons inexperience. BBN. ILF9



  4. Manbird
    10:03 pm October 3, 2013 Permalink

    Suck my b*lls



  5. Han
    10:15 pm October 3, 2013 Permalink

    2) I wholeheartedly believe Andrew will be a fantastic point guard, but people would’ve laughed at Jarrod if he’d said it last summer, and then the Maryland game happened.



  6. Teachable Mo'
    10:36 pm October 3, 2013 Permalink

    The Blue White Game last year revealed that the “stars” didn’t know how to play basketball. (At half time the scrubs were winning. So Calipari scrambled the rosters to avoid the shame.) Individual skills can only take you so far. You have to know how to play the game to succeed. People on this board tend to over-value skills.

    Polson knows how to play basketball.



  7. Brad
    7:29 am October 4, 2013 Permalink

    This Julius Randle pic is getting a little played out, reminds me of the Josh Harrleson free throw pic



  8. kyle heavy
    8:43 am October 4, 2013 Permalink

    #2 You sir are a jerk. Polson has helped develop and push some of the best players in the country the past 4 years.