Question: What have you thought about the talent level here and the talent level that will be joining the team?
Robic: "They are great kids. Polite, well spoken. They have handled themselves very well in this transition. They have done very well academically. I think they have handled change well. I don't think they know exactly what they have in store for them because he holds them accountable in every stretch of their time here academically, basketball, weight training. Cal is a tough guy to play for because there is no slippage. That's what these kids should want and need. There is no doubt there is responsibility that goes with the freedom he gives you.
"I think we are going to have a good mix of guys that will be first-year players and then the guys we have here now. It is a good blend. We got deeper whereas we weren't as strong as if we didn't bring anybody in.
"You get better in practice. I think now you are going to have two pretty balanced teams. How we were good at Memphis is that practices were competitive. Our second five would have done well in the league. We practice hard and play hard, and we will do that here."
Question: What is your role in recruiting under Calipari?
Robic: "The job of assistants with him is just to get us involved. He is your closer. You just have to get him to that point. Now we have a great feel of the players that we need to play the style we want to play. You have to be able to handle the ball and make plays. I think we have some good shooters.
"The one thing that has surprised us with these kids here is that they shot the ball better than we thought. Even shot better than our guys did at Memphis. In this offense you want to shoot as many layups as you can and push the ball. This Kentucky group shot the ball well in workouts.
Join us over the next few days for the rest of this Q&A of coach John Robic by Larry Vaught.
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