Orlando Antiqua Q&A Part Five

Question: What have you thought about the talent level here and mixing new and veteran players together?

Question: What have you thought about the talent level here and mixing new and veteran players together?

Antigua: "Any transition will always be difficult. The biggest thing is to communicate to the team the vision we have as a staff. I don't think there is a better coach in the country to do that than coach Cal.

"It's going to be ugly at first. People are going to be looking at us like we are crazy. From what the expectations are now and to have such a big group of different variables now that you are dealing with, it's going to be crazy. We hope by mid-January that it will all be clicking. If we can get it happening before that, that will be great. But being realistic and just being around it for one year ... last year I was around it and first few months I couldn't say anything except to be encouraging because I didn't know what was going on. You are learning Chinese with the Japanese alphabet. It takes a little while. When you see it happen, it's like now I can understand why this is not easy to learn."

Question: Is this recruiting class overhyped or as good as advertised?

Antigua: "It is somewhere in between. We have a lot of really good talented, special kids in this recruiting class. Jon Hood wins a high jumping competition and did it easy. We have great kids. They all are. The kids that are here? Phenomenal kids. We are just lucky to have the players we do."

Question: What do you like to do now away from basketball?

Antigua: "You watch basketball. You spend time with your family. I have two great kids and an unbelievable wife. Whenever I get a chance to spend time with them, I do.

"My son (Orlando Anthony) just turned 17 and is a senior in high school and I have a 9-year-old daughter (Olivia) in the fifth grade who is going on 45. I know one thing for sure that I have realized having a daughter. At a very early age, women are born with a gene to manipulate men flat out. And there's nothing I can do about it."


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