Interchangeable Parts

Like all of his teammates, senior Marcus King-Stockton is riding a learning curve under new head coach Jeff Bzdelik. But the 6-foot-9 King-Stockton may have more on his plate because in the new CU offense, players are like "interchangeable parts." That means King-Stockton, who played the low post the past three years, is re-honing his perimeter skills.

BSN: How have practices been going?
Marcus King-Stockton
: They've been going good. They've been hard.

BSN: How have they been hard?
: Everything you can think of. The intensity, we're learning a whole new system. There's a whole lot of new things out here.

BSN: Tell me about the new system. What's unique about it, what's new about it?
: It's continuous. Everything flows into something else. It's balanced. Everything's spread out. It's going to be a lot different than what you all are used to seeing. It's not traditional in terms of ‘this person is here and that person has to be there.' People are interchangeable and everything seems to flow into everything else.

BSN: That means you're going to be getting the ball on the wing or up top or down low?
: Right. Yeah, I can get the ball anywhere. It just depends on how the defense is playing.

BSN: What's that feel like?
: Normal. It's what I used to do in high school. I've just got to shake off the rust. I played the three a little bit more (than the low post) in high school. It's just becoming re-accustomed to it, but also learning. I'm just soaking it up and learning from the coaches.

BSN: How much fun has it been?
: It's been a lot of fun, actually. I don't have anything against the post. I don't necessarily feel like I want to just be in the paint area. So being able to have the skills and needing to know all the positions is fun.

BSN: Have you been working on your outside shot, then?
: Yeah. It's not where I want it to be, yet, but I have been working on it.

BSN: Did you ever work on that part of your game the past three years?
: Not so much during the past three years because I wasn't supposed to be out on the perimeter taking shots. I knew Coach Patton didn't want me shooting any threes. That was understood. But with this offense, like I said, everything's interchangeable. Anyone could be shooting threes.

BSN: How is the work on the defensive end going?
: We've been learning a lot. We're learning that we need to play with a lot more intensity. Defense is basically about will — you don't want your man to score, you don't want him to catch it. It's about intensity. He's been getting on us about that.

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