VAUGHT: Stewart says he's no quitter

A.J. Stewart tried to avoid the question for good reason. He knew it would be hard to explain why the same player who was caught sleeping in a pregame film session last year and also had some issues with class and tutor attendance could already be in coach Billy Gillispie's doghouse in mid-October.

"I have matured some since last season. I like to joke around , but I have calmed down from that. I have a better understanding of what my role on the team is and what Coach expects. That helped me a lot," Stewart said.

"I remember last year was a tough year for me. I was immature. I not going to say I am not immature now. But I am a little more mature now. I did do some dumb things last year. I feel asleep in film. Some pretty stupid stuff like that. It was little stuff like being late that I would get into trouble over. It happens every now and then but it did overshadow things I did on the court last year. Because of that I did not get as many opportunites to play I would have if I have made it on time to places and not fallen asleep."

So he's not in trouble this year?

"Those are definitely false rumors," Stewart said.

So is he living in Wildcat Lodge with other players or not?

"I am not staying in the Lodge right now, but I am working hard to get back in there," he said. "It is like coach G. just took the car from me like a parent would if he punished his kid. I talked to coach G. We are good and on good terms. I am here practicing every day. I don't know what to say. It's like he took the car from me as a little punishment, but there are no problems.

"I am not a quitter. There were some hard times last year. The easiest thing to do always is quit. But I am not a quitter. I don't plan on going anywhere unless they are going to drag me out of here. I do believe in the program. If I left here, where would I go? There is no other place where the fans would embrace you. My chemistry with my teammates is good. I don't want to leave these guys. I love every one of them. I want to be here and part of this special team."

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