Pitts adjusting to new role

Freshman Elliott Pitts has seen his playing time increase. Read on for his thoughts on his expanded role, how he stays ready, and more.

Since Brandon Ashley's injury, Elliott Pitts has seen his role increase. Before that increased role, Pitts admits that he had difficulty getting comfortable.

"Before all of this happened I would get on the court for two, three minutes at a time," Pitts said. "It is definitely hard to get comfortable in just two or three minutes, but I just try to go out there and play as hard as I can and do the little things."

Still, Pitts made sure that he would be ready when his name was called.

"I just tried to stay ready," he said. "Coach told me even before the Cal game that I was going to get more minutes coming up here because we just can't play with seven or eight guys, so he was going to try to expand the bench.

"I knew I was going to have to stay ready, he has been telling me I have to stay ready, so I have just been staying after practice trying to stay in shape as much as I can."

Although Pitts may have gotten frustrated at times, he received advice from those closest to him.

"I've had a lot of people talk to me," he said. "My parents have really helped me with that, they have been telling me to stay ready.

"I'm not thinking of it as I need to be on the court, I am thinking of it as we need to win."

Pitts has been able to get on the court due in large part to his ability on the defensive side of the ball.

"Defensively I think I have just gotten used to the speed and the strength of the game," Pitts said. "I have been guarding Rondae every day in practice and I think that has helped me a lot. Getting out there on the court I think has made it easier to guard other guys on other teams."

Being on the court for those extended minutes allows Pitts' transition to be easier.

"I have been feeling a lot more comfortable on the court just getting more minutes now, staying on the court for longer," he said. "It is easier to get in the grove when I am playing more."

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