Hawks Talk: Jared Reiner and Glen Worley

"It was a little different experience (sitting out). But you learn a lot of things sitting on the sidelines. It wasn't something that I didn't like. It was just something that I had to learn from. I learned a lot of different things just sitting there watching individual guys. It definitely helped me." -- Glen Worley. Read more from Glen Worley and his thoughts on seeing his first action of the year this coming weekend and also quotes from Jared Reiner.

JARED REINER

What is the feedback that you get from other students about your team?

We're a fun team to watch.

Have you heard them saying anything about why they are not coming (to games)?

No.

What does Glen look like in practice?

He practiced (Wednesday) and he didn't look out of shape at all. Bill Maxwell, our strength coach, has done a great job making sure he stays in shape. He was back to the same old Glen except he had a big pad on his hand.

What is he going to bring to the team?

He'll bring a lot of leadership. He'll definitely bring a lot more confidence. We have a lot of confidence in him knowing that he is one of our better players. We can count on him down the stretch in games.

You had a hand injury last year. What is the key to kind of working through that?

It's probably going to help knowing that he probably won't be able to shoot as well. That's what helped me. It will make him more aggressive. He's probably going to have to go to the rim to get easier shots.

How do you feel about your offensive game so far?

It's a process. I haven't shot the ball as well as I'd like to. I don't know what my percentage was this game, but it hasn't been what I had hoped for.

Has the early season schedule been a grind?

Not necessarily. It's just like every year. You've just got to come with whatever differences that are around. Last year, we had a long time before our first game. We had a lot of hard practices. As seniors, we just have to make sure the young guys are on the same page. That's the way the cards were dealt this year. We have to play the games. We just have to be ready.

GLEN WORLEY

How do you feel?

I've been practicing for a couple of days. It feels fine other than being a little annoying.

There is no pain or anything like that?

No. There's no pain. I haven't got it game tested yet though.

What is going to be the hardest part of coming back? Is it your shooting touch? Is it your conditioning?

It will be a little bit of both. I've been practicing. But practice is obviously a lot different than a game. Just being game tested is my main thing.

Did you want to come back earlier?

Yeah. I did. Any time you get injured, you want to come back earlier. You have to understand that for the long haul it's better to sit out and wait.

So, you're absolutely going to play (Friday) night?

Yeah. Absolutely.

Is getting back into the starting lineup significant to you?

No. That's not significant. Right now, we're on a roll the way we have things right now. I'm just going to come in and try to contribute the best way.

What are your thoughts on how Greg has been playing?

He's been playing great. I told him before the Louisville game that he's got to be a threat. He really did that.

Where was the break?

It was on the ring finger on the knuckle.

Broken bones usually take 4-6 weeks (to heal). It's been about three weeks for you. How far healed is it? What have they told you?

The knitting is going well right now. That's a good sign.

But it's not 100 percent.

No. It's not.

Is there a risk of re-injury?

There's always a risk of re-injury when you break a bone. That's just not something I'm going to go out there and worry about.

How many minutes do you think you can play?

I don't know. How ever long they need me. I probably won't be going the normal 40 minutes or anything. It depends on how long the team needs me out there. I'll give it my all.

What has it been like for you to have to watch?

It was a little different experience. But you learn a lot of things sitting on the sidelines. It wasn't something that I didn't like. It was just something that I had to learn from. I learned a lot of different things just sitting there watching individual guys. It definitely helped me.


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