SEC Media Day: Terrence Jones Q&A

Larry Vaught caught up with the UK sophomore at the SEC Media Day and landed an exclusive interview.

HOOVER, Ala. — Here's some thoughts Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones, the preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, shared at SEC Media Day here Thursday.

Question: Did you add to the expectations for yourself this season with your 52-point performance in Wednesday's Blue-White Game?

Jones: "I just tried to go out there and play hard for 40 minutes like it was practice, but just for a little bit longer. I really didn't try to do anything that I wasn't doing in practice. I was just trying to get ready for the season. The expectations for us all this year are different, but we can control that with hard work, discipline and focus. We have set big goals."

Question: How do you view coming to SEC Media Day?

Jones: "It's just something that comes with playing for Kentucky and it's just a great privilege to have for Coach to bring me out here for this to represent my team. I have no problem with it. I feel it is fun and just talking and sharing experiences I have had playing for Kentucky and being part of a special team, so that's fun."

Question: Why does this team seem to be picking up things so quick in practice?

Jones: "I don't know. I think a lot of guys are just focusing and going hard and getting after it and picking up stuff fast. The freshmen are real good. I?like how special and different they all are. The way Kyle (Wiltjer) can stretch out defenses and bring big men out by how well he can shoot the three. Anthony (Davis) can play like a guard when it comes to him driving and shooting and how much he blocks and rebounds and how long he is. Mike (Kidd-Gilchrist) is just a hustle player. Marquis (Teague) really plays defense and is as good a ballhandler as I've played with. Just a lot of nice pieces to have on our team."

Question: Is being called a good leader the best compliment you can receive right now?

Jones: "For me just to feel like I am influential to them and making stop easier for them by trying to be a leader and going hard and giving them someone to look up and watch get after it. That's an easy thing."

Question: Is that motivated by wanting to get to the NBA or just being a year older?

Jones: "It's just being more focused and experienced. Just being more mature and taking things more serious."

Question: How has Doron Lamb changed this year?

Jones: "He is more focused, works out a lot more. He goes harder in practice. He is completely different person."

Question: Have you and him gone from kids to men?

Jones: "Definitely. That is exactly what happened. We can in as high school kids new to this just having fun and now we want to get past the level we took last year, so we needed to change to get there."

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