Epps excited for playoffs

Aaron Epps' Tioga squad is undefeated in district play with only two games remaining in the regular season. Inside the LSU signee discusses making a playoff push and how he'll fit in as a stretch four for the Tigers.

With a recent victory over perennial power Peabody, Tioga is heading toward the 2014 LHSAA playoffs with a head of steam, led by LSU power forward signee Aaron Epps.

In an interview Ricky Blanton and I conducted with Epps on the "Tiger Zone" Monday night on 98.1 FM (WDGL), the player spoke about his season, his game and how he sees himself fitting in on the next level at LSU.

Below are some snippets from that interview, with both player updates and quotes.

- Epps said he currently stands 6-foot-9 and 205 pounds. He's averaging around 23 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks a game in his senior season.

- His Tioga team is 8-0 in district play after the landmark win over Peabody and has two regular season games left prior to the playoffs.

- Epps said he feels confident defensively guarding the three through the five position. He also didn't think, when asked, that his game compared directly to any current LSU player, but eventually decided he was probably closest in nature to Jarell Martin.


On the strengths of his game …
"I would say I'm a stretch four. I can really shoot the ball well. I'm a great shot-blocker, and I can rebound the ball very, very well. I'm a team player. I just want to win as a team."

On his track skills…
"I do the high jump. I'm really good at that. I've been to state twice, and this year I plan on winning state. (Last year) I jumped 6-foot-6."

On what playing high-level AAU ball has done to prepare him for collegiate game …
"Most of those players are really, really great, so playing with them gives me confidence, just to know I can keep up with those guys."

On what he plans to do to improve his game before getting to LSU …
"Running more, getting stronger, handling the ball more and really just keep on shooting."

On what Tioga coach Lance Brasher has done to develop him …
"He's really helped me. He's been letting me shoot more, drive more and play a little more outside too, rather than just inside. Coach has really helped me out with my confidence level."

On if he's gotten to know and form relationships with any of the other three 2014 signees …
"With Elbert (Robinson), yeah, because when I came down to visit he was there, too. So we kinda started to form a bond."

On what it will take to win the state championship …
"We're just going to have to stay focused and keep on working hard. We have to tune everything else, and just focus in on that one goal.

His take on the current LSU basketball season and the Tigers' stretch run …
"They've been playing great with Johnny (O'Bryant) and Anthony (Hickey). It's just been fun to watch, and I can see myself playing with them and fitting into the system."


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