Holt, Zeisloft talk offseason workouts, more

Read what Emmitt Holt and Nick Zeisloft had to say when they met the media last Thursday.

Indiana's Nick Zeisloft and Emmitt Holt met with the media last Thursday to discuss offseason workouts and more. Read what they had to say below.

On what it’s been like for Emmitt Holt to be with the team for a full summer…

HOLT: “It’s definitely good for me to be here this summer considering that I wasn’t here at all last summer. It’s a great experience, I feel like we come together as a team and we’re getting better everyday.”

On how this summer compares to last for Nick Zeisloft…

ZEISLOFT: “I was here for the last month (in 2014), I just couldn’t join all the team stuff but I was watching. Some of the things are different like Coach (Je’ney) Jackson and Coach (Lyonel) Anderson – not saying one is better than the other, they’re both tremendous weight coaches. Lucky to have them both work with me. It’s been going great so far. Differences…not a lot. Individuals have been great and maybe we’re doing a couple different things. We didn’t have the sandpit last year, that’s been going well. Overall it’s just been a great summer so far.”

On the advantages of using the sandpit to train…

HOLT: “I think we’re using a part of our body that we haven’t been able to unlock before. He emphasizes the hip and how that can make you faster, be more explosive and whatnot. Just unlocking parts of our body that we really haven’t been using before and using that to our advantage.”

ZEISLOFT: “Learning different running forms, planting and different agility drills. Stuff that is tougher in the sand and it can definitely increase your quickness and explosiveness and we’ve definitely been working on that with Coach Lyonel a lot this summer.”

On the differences between Coach Lyonel and the past strength and conditioning staff…

HOLT: I think Coach Lyonel is a young cat so he brings a lot of energy. Coach Jackson, he brought a lot of energy but he was more mature, more settled down and whatnot. Lyonel has a lot of ideas that he likes to try out and they work.”

ZEISLOFT: “The masks have been helping too.”

On using elevation masks…

HOLT: “I can tell you one thing, they definitely work. It makes it tougher to breathe.”

ZEISLOFT: “You just don’t breathe as much, oxygen intake and you really have to focus on your breathing to get the amount of breath you need in to sustain conditioning, agility or whatever we’re doing that day – a jump program or whatever…As we get better with it, we continue to increase.”

On if it would have helped Holt to be able to participate in summer workouts last season…

HOLT: “I feel like it would have helped a lot, to be honest. Even this summer, I gained like 10 pounds of muscle just being here, so I feel like it would have helped me out a lot. But, had to work with what we had.”

On what the 10 pounds of muscle mean for Holt and what his weight is…

HOLT: “Just growing as a player, growing as a student here. My weight is 230.”

On what having the entire summer of workouts has allowed them to do…

ZEISLOFT: “I would say more camaraderie, more understanding of what guys are going to be on the court, more timing. We had a lot of new guys come in last year and we didn’t have the months of the summer to work together. This summer we’ve had everybody here the whole time and it’s been great. Whether it’s open gym or individuals or just seeing how guys tick in the wait room and in different conditioning drills. You know how to communicate with one another and work with one another already at this point instead of Emmitt coming in in September and us just trying to get our feet wet with him and then school starts.”

On a typical week for them in the summer…

HOLT: “Well we definitely lift everyday, we have hot yoga sometimes.”

ZEISLOFT: “It depends on our schedule. A lot of things are depending, but we definitely get in our individual hours every week. Those are great because those are with coaches and then we take full use of our lifting and conditioning. But there’s not really a ‘this is what it’s going to be everyday.’ Sometimes we go two weeks of things then the next two weeks are different. Or, sometimes it’s one week’s one thing and the next week is a different thing. Sometimes we’ve had heavy lifting weeks, sometimes we’ve had heavy intensive agility weeks so it’s been alternating a lot.”

On hot yoga…

HOLT: “It’s good for us and takes breaks on our bodies. It gets us rejuvenated for whatever is to come for the rest of the week. It gets us stretched out and whatnot so we can be more nimble."

On if they’ve ever done yoga before this summer…

ZEISLOFT: “No.”

HOLT: “No. But it’s a good experience, a really good experience. I like it a lot.”

On reactions from other students about your Snapchats and other videos that have been out there regarding workouts…

HOLT: “The main question is about the masks and ‘Do they really work?’, and the answer is that they do.”

On Coach Lyonel getting more involved and doing the workouts with them and if players like it when he jumps in…

ZEISLOFT: “He gets a little more involved. Coach Jackson would kind of pick and choose when to show off his strengths, and he knows that’s the case too. The first day that I was here in the summer, I got back a little late and did my workouts at a different time. He did his workout with the first group, and then would do it all over again with me. He’s very passionate, has a lot of energy, and doesn’t seem to get very tired ever.”

On other differences of things they’re working on…

HOLT: “I’m definitely trying to develop my shot now, especially beyond the arc. I’m trying to improve my handles, including my left hand so that I can drive more often and kick. Those are my main focuses right now.”

ZEISLOFT: “I’m working on ball screens, making plays for others, and drawing fouls so that I can get to the free throw line. Drawing fouls is a big key with Coach. Defensively, guarding the best guys that I can—James (Blackmon Jr.), Troy (Williams), Collin (Hartman), Yogi (Ferrell) and Rob (Johnson). I’m even working against the bigs. Thomas (Bryant) is strong down there. Sometimes, you get switched to guarding him in open gym, and it’s pretty tough."

On if Zeisloft thinks about expanding his game beyond a guard…

ZEISLOFT:

“We’re always working on our game. I wouldn’t call it ‘branching out’ so much as I would call it improving, and being able to do more with what you work on every day. I’m not just shooting every day—I’m working on driving, shot fakes, getting to the rim, my mid-range game, drawing fouls, and posting up every day. I’m not trying to stick with what I’ve done before. I’m looking to improve every day.”

On how his the post-up game coming…

ZEISLOFT: “I was a center before I was a guard, so I still have a little bit of that.”

HOLT: “He still won’t bang on me down low.”

ZEISLOFT: “But I’ll still score on him and beat him one-on-one in the post if he wants that.”

On the team’s keys when playing this summer…

HOLT: “The main focus is communicating with each other, because that’s what will get us through the game. Other than that, we’re getting out and running, because we’re a running team.”

On how open gym this year compares to last…

ZEISLOFT: “Open gym this summer is more competitive compared to last summer and fall. Last year, we didn’t really know each other, so we didn’t get after it. Now, we get after it and we don’t really care about feelings anymore, which is better for us. We’re all best friends at the end of the day and great teammates. But when it’s open gym time, you don’t want to lose a series, to say the least.”

HOLT: “It’s definitely more competitive than last fall. The work ethic is definitely present. The freshmen are still learning, but they’re feeding off of the upperclassmen. The upperclassmen are always in the gym, getting in extra work. They know that champions are made in the offseason.”


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