Anton Gill said he didn't realize how difficult it would be.
The University of Louisville freshman guard has struggled a bit in the early season, trying to make a transition from high school to college.
"It messes with your hear a little," Gill said. "But I have just tried to stay positive and I keep working hard. The best thing for me is that I get to go every day against guys like Russ (Smith), Terry (Rozier) and Wayne (Blackshear).
"I feel like that's going to help me get better every day."
U of L coach Rick Pitino said he wanted to give Gill a few more minutes in Wednesday's 90-62 win over UMKC to try and help boost his confidence.
Gill played 12 minutes and had seven points and three rebounds. He was 3 of 5 from the field but he did foul out.
"I think he did a good job, I just think that he is physically a little weak and he gets beat off of the bounce a little bit," Pitino said. "We tried playing him at two guard more than small forward, because he is physically weaker than the other players, but he did a decent job."
Pitino has said in recent weeks that Gill will see time this season but might not be a major factor until next season. He's still "going to be a really good player for us," according to Pitino. His point total was a career high.
Gill said he felt "more confidence," in the game after hitting a couple of shots and hopes that "helps me out" into the future.
"Coach just told me to keep working," Gill said. "It felt good to have the opportunity to go play a little bit."