Post-Scrimmage Quotes

The Mississippi State men's basketball team held their first public scrimmage Saturday morning. Included are quotes from true freshmen Richard Delk, Reginald Delk, Vernon Goodridge and Jamont Gordon.

Q&A

Richard Delk (13 points, 12 assists, 9 turnovers, 4 steals, 4 rebounds)

What has been the biggest difference in college basketball compared to high school basketball?
"Playing defense. And playing point guard is a lot faster and quicker in transition. Penetrating in the lane has been hard, too."

Is up-tempo your style of ball?
"Yeah, up-tempo, fast-pace, that's my type of ball."

Has conditioning been tough on you?
"It's a whole lot tougher. We didn't ran like that in high school. You can get out of it in high school, but at this level you have to keep going and make yourself better."

What were your positives and negatives from the scrimmage?
"I think I did a good job pushing the ball (up the court). But I don't think I penetrated that well."

What is your hobby away from basketball?
"Talking on the phone and playing video games is about it."


Reginald Delk (27 points, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 4 rebounds)

What has been the biggest difference in college basketball compared to high school basketball?
"The speed of the game. And you have to be more patient."

What has it been like working out for MSU's conditioning coach, Richard Akins?
"You have to get your mind right when you work with him. You have to believe you can do the things he tells you to do. But it's really hard."

What was the first day like under Coach Akins?
"I was wondering how you can do more. At every stage we run we want to do more running. I was wondering how we could do more running than this. That was the most running that I have ever done in my life."

How long did it take to get used to the running?
"I got used to it pretty early. I could already run a little bit."

What were your positives and negatives from today's scrimmage?
"The main thing is I have to play better defense. I need to play up on the ball better. I really didn't like anything that I did today."

Not anything? Not even your effort?
"Sometimes I gave a lot of effort, sometimes I didn't. During the game, it's different than during conditioning because your adrenalin is going. Plus, I was chasing Dietric (Slater) around."

What is your hobby?
"Mostly, I watch tv and play video games."


Vernon Goodridge (6 points, 13 rebounds)

What has been the biggest difference in college basketball compared to high school basketball?
"Defense is more technical. You have to play more off the ball. There are certain spots that you have to be."

Has conditioning been tough for you?
"It has been tough, but I'm getting through everything. I hit a wall at first, but I decided that I wasn't going to let anything break me, so I kept pushing myself."

What were your positives and negatives from today's scrimmage?
"I have to get stronger if I want to be better. I felt that I did alright with the plays. I was having a bit of a problem with the plays. I also ran well."

What is your hobby?
"I drive RC cars, radio controlled vehicles. I have three."


Jamont Gordon (30 points, 7 assists, 5 turnovers, 10 rebounds)

What has been the biggest difference in college basketball compared to high school basketball?
"The biggest adjustment has been conditioning. You have to be in shape because you have to play man-on-man defense a lot. I'm used to playing zone."

Your passing seems to be really good. Is that something you have a knack for or is it something that you have developed over the years?
"I have always been good at passing the ball, but I have gotten better at it over the years."

What were your positives and negatives from today's scrimmage?
"I think I passed the ball pretty good and played good defense. I need to work on my outside shooting."

What is your hobby?
"I play video games."


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