Padgett, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season, has hit all 12 of his shot attempts – going 7-for-7 against Carleton University and 5-for-5 vs. Georgetown College. In the win over the Tigers on Wednesday night Padgett also hit his only free throw and recorded three rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 18 minutes.
Q: How are you feeling physically?
A: "My legs feel really good. They're pain free for the first time in a long time and I'm just trying to get myself back into shape. As far as my legs go everything feels really good."
Q: What about your game right now? You haven't missed a shot in two exhibition games.
A: "The reason I haven't missed a shot is because my teammates are getting me the ball in a position where I don't have to make a hard shot. So I'm just really happy with how we're playing unselfishly right now and everybody's passing the ball and sharing and nobody's worried about who's getting the points. If we can just keep playing that way on offense and continue to work on our defense I think things are looking good for us."
Q: What are your expectations for the season?
Q: Any personal goals?
A: "No, I don't really focus on that stuff. The way I look at is if we have a good year as a team everybody's personal goals are going to take care of themselves. Individual success comes with team success so the most important thing for us is to win."
Q: Is that something coach Pitino has stressed coming into this season?
A: "Oh yeah. I'm sure he's said to you guys, he uses the Florida example. The last two years they win back-to-back titles then all the starting five gets drafted. It's a perfect example of what happens when you win."
Q: What's your college career been like?
A: "It's had its ups and downs, that's for sure. Obviously I went to Kansas then came here and had to sit out and then I got to play and the first year I played it was tough because I got hurt and had to have surgery and come back. But I think things are as good now as they've ever been, I'm having the best time of my life, I love my teammates, I wouldn't trade them for anything and just getting to play for coach Pitino is the greatest thrill of my life so I'm just enjoying every second of this."
Q: What's your role as the leader of this team?
A: "We had a vote after last season who everybody wanted to have as captain and all the guys voted for me, so I think the guys look up to me. But at the same time that's a lot more responsibility, that's a leadership role and I'm going to be the one they look up to so I've got to be ready for anything."