Tyler Smith: I think we will do well. We lost a lot from lat year, five seniors. We are bringing in more athletes and I think we will be pretty good this year.
Q: How does it feel to be talked about so much, perhaps as the most heralded recruit they have had here?
Smith: It feels good to be talked about. I don't want to rush anything, I want to come in and play my game. I am not coming in to save the team, because they don't need that. We will do fine
Q: In what areas do you think you will be able to help the team?
Smith: Rebounding, bringing that to the game and maybe attack the basket. We have shooters with Adam and Justin Johnson coming in, too.
Q: Do you feel the need to sped things up?
Smith: I think I need to speed it up some, but at the same time take my time, because I don't want to rush things and get off in the wrong way like that.
Q: What are your expectations for yourself for your freshman year?
Smith: Just to come out and have a good season, not just me but as a team. I want to be in the top two in the Big Ten and win another Big Ten championship
Q: What happened with you and Mike Henderson a few weeks back (the arrest at Dillard's)
Smith: Just a mistake we had and it will be handled within the team.
Q: Coach has talked about defense, and getting it back to last year's level. Do you think that will be hard?
Smith: I don't think so. Coach has been preaching defense from the beginning. A lot of players like to get up in you here, because no one wants to get taken to the hole.
Q: Will this be a fun team to watch?
Smith: Yes, a really fun team. I think we will get up and down the court more this year. A lot of people want to see dunks, and I think you will see more of that this year. We will be an up-tempo team.