On his goals this coming season:
I’m using this time to focus on what I need to do for next season. I’d like to be more of an offensive presence this year. Last year, I felt like I did a decent job defensively and rebounding, and I hope to carry that over to this season.
On mentorship of other players:
I think it’s been huge for me and very special. That’s what makes this team so unique. I was always taking things from (Keita Bates-Diop) and he helped me out. And with C.J. (Jackson), he’s been doing the same thing with me.
On goals of Spain trip:
I think building up our relationships will be one of the biggest things we’ll have to take from this trip. Team bonding is one of the biggest things I’m looking forward to.
On current team culture:
[Coach Holtmann] has turned the culture around pretty fast and it’s been enjoyable to play for him. We focus a lot on the “family aspect” off the court is and that’s a big factor as well. I think it’s a bond we’ll have forever.
On the new season:
We’re excited about what’s coming up, this team trip (to Spain) and the group of guys we have. We’re taking this summer to learn about each other. We’ll have 10 low-key practices, which is different than what will happen in October and that’s intentional. We’ll play some different lineups. We’re just now getting to practice No. 4. We’re a new team in a lot of ways.
Coming off last year’s success:
We want to go into this season with optimism and with limitations of what we can be. We’ll be more dependent on new faces which is something I haven’t had to face have in a while. Our returning guys will play increased roles with us as well. We had tremendous leadership and chemistry last year.
On purpose of Spain trip:
As much of anything, this is a multicultural experience for our players. If we’re going to preach education to them, we want to show them that and give them those experiences.