Kentucky Players’ Post-Samford Interviews

Kentucky players Willie Cauley-Stein, Kyle Wiltjer, and Alex Poythress talk about the win over Samford and the upcoming 3 weeks of conditioning that Coach Cal spoke about.

#15, Willie Cauley-Stein, F

On his thoughts about the new conditioning program Coach Calipari has implemented …
“He’s the coach. If he doesn’t think we are in shape I guess we aren’t in shape.”

On how to approach the new conditioning program …
“It’s all mental. He is trying to get us more mental toughness. There is no way we can’t be in shape. Going through the offseason and even how practices are now, there is no way we are not in shape. It’s all mental.”

On if he is dreading or worried about the new program …
“If you dread them, then they are going to be worse. You have to approach it like it’s going to help you. A lot of guys don’t do that. You approach it like it’s going to make us better and three weeks it’s going to be crazy how good we are. If you approach it in a good way then it is going to be a good outcome.”

#33, Kyle Wiltjer, F

On the impending 7 a.m. practices….
“We’re excited about it. We’re ready to get in better shape. We just want to do what (Coach) Cal wants us to do.”

On working hard to get out of a shooting slump …
“I just want to try and keep working every day and try and get myself out of this slump. I just have to keep getting in extra practice.”

On the team’s performance in the second half…
“We just lacked energy. We let down on defense so we just have to work on not giving up on any play no matter what the score is.”

#22, Alex Poythress, F

On the difference between first half and second half…
“I think we got a little complacent, you know. We have to keep on pushing when we have a big lead.”

On the extra work this team puts in outside of practice…
“We are trying to put in work before practice and some times late at night. Just trying to get in the gym and work on our skills, get better as a player.”

On the improvements of this team…
“I see us getting better each and every day. If we continue to get better every day we will be fine at the end of the road.”

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  • David L

    Alex was correct. They got complacent in the second as they had such a big lead. It not fitness issues – it’s about playing every second as if it where a national championship title game. Confidence is also lacking in some of the players which will sort out with more games and good individual performances.


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