Blue-White: Locker Room Report

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sean May, Melvin Scott and Jawad Williams spoke with the media after Sunday's Blue-White exhibition at the Smith Center ...

SEAN MAY

What's the status of the leg injury you suffered?

I'm okay, I just got a little scared. I suffered a calf bruise last week in practice and just got aggravated a little bit again. It was my right leg – the good one. I'm fine and could have came back in, but I just didn't want to risk getting hurt in the Blue-White game so I just called it a day.

It did look like you were in some serious pain …

Don't get me wrong, it hurt, but once I got over to the bench I knew it wasn't anything too serious. I just got done with Dr. Taft and everything seems fine.

Will you be back to practice tomorrow?

Definitely. I'm banged up right now, but the best thing to do is practice and Wednesday we get our day off.

How'd you feel overall today?

I felt great today. Right now I'm in the best shape I've ever been in. I've still got a long way to go, but I felt good being out there.

Thoughts on how the team performed?

Today we looked a little sloppy out there, but we've only had 13 practices and I think Coach Williams saw some things he liked, but he saw some things he'd like for us to improve on. It's a fairly simple system, we knew it from last year, but we're not picking up on it as well as he'd like right now. They're pretty similar, but he's got his tweaks. Some guys aren't picking it up as well, being not used to having all this stuff thrown at them at once, and I think we have a lot of work to do before Nov. 22.

The public sees a mild-mannered Roy, but what's he like behind closed doors?

He's mild-mannered Roy, but his gasket can blow at times. He can lose it and he gets on us a lot, but we're grown man and we can deal with it. And he knows what he's talking about – look at his track record. So we just listen and try to improve.

Do you feel at all rusty, having not been playing a game at the Dean Dome in almost a year?

Yeah, I felt a little bit rusty, just in that I hadn't played in front of a whole bunch of people. Today I missed a lot of easy shots and hopefully after a couple of weeks all those will go down. For the first game, I'll be back to my normal self.

How's it going working with Raymond [Felton]?

Our chemistry right now after last year and this summer is fantastic. Ray works well with all the guys out there. His ability to pass and see everything is amazing. Right now I just feel me and him are on a good connection and hopefully we can have that going throughout the year.

With Damion down and Byron coming along, who do you expect to be playing with in the paint?

Basically I expect me and ‘Wad to be in there most of the time. Byron coming in, Reyshawn will step down a little bit and David – he's the guy who really played out of position last year and will do it this year. He's really a natural three, but he'll have to play some four and some five. That's my big thing right now, trying to stay healthy so these guys don't have to come down and help us as much.

What do you know about Damion's status?

Right now I'm really unsure. I know he's getting a couple of doctors looking at his knees and they're not doing too well right now. He's rehabbing a lot and he's staying positive. He doesn't really know what's going on. They're trying to figure out if he's going to be able to play this year or not. I'm just here for him and hope everything's going to be all right for him.

Justin Bohlander played some four today – is that something to expect during the season?

JB is playing well right now. He's just really skinny. He can guard some 3s, he can guard 4s and he can guard 5s. He guards me in practice pretty well. He's got a lot to learn but he can be a good player for us.

How well suited is Reyshawn Terry for this team?

He's a perfect fit because he can run all day. His big thing is that he has to stop thinking so much and just play. He's going to be a great player but right now he's struggling a little bit. … In practice Coach has gotten on him a bit, and I try to tell him ‘They expect you to mess up – you're a freshman.'

In what ways has Coach adapted to you guys?

He knows this isn't Kansas and he doesn't try to bring too much of Kansas to us. He'll say some things like "We won" and ‘My teams have won,' but he doesn't bring up the past – the 8-20 season or last year. And that means a lot to us because we don't want to hear that stuff too much anymore. We want to look forward. Coach has done a good job adapting to us and making us feel comfortable.

MELVIN SCOTT

So how was this different from practice?

It was in front of 10,000 – that's a big difference. … I think we got a lot out of it. Just running and playing the style coach wants to play.

Now that you've been out on the court with Roy for a couple of weeks, what have you learned about him?

That he demands perfection. And he's not going to let up and working hard – no one is going to work harder than him. He's going to be consistent in his job coaching and demanding the best out of his players.

What do you think this team needs to improve upon to get where you want to go?

I think that's any team, everybody has things that need to be corrected. … Just playing together, more team ball. Not pointing the finger, just everybody give their all and be unselfish.

Sean May shouldn't be allowed to scare everyone like that …

Yeah, I think he's just falling sometimes to get sympathy from the crowd [laughs].

Is it hard learning a new system?

No, not at all. It's pretty similar to Coach Doherty and they got it from Coach [Dean] Smith. Just more running, but that's cool. … We're going to be a real fast team, pushing it.

You're going to be the one to "push it" when Raymond is on the bench, how much more comfortable are you at manning the point guard position now?

I think I'm very comfortable at this point because of the experience I gained from my freshman year and last year and just from practicing against Raymond. He's a great point guard and I've learned a lot from him. I take that and put it all together.

Coach Williams did a lot of talking to you guys from the sidelines today …

That's experience. He knows how to win and knows what he wants.

JAWAD WILLIAMS

You were the game's high scorer – can we expect to see that this season?

I'm not trying to be the go-to guy on offense, just going out doing the best I could and my teammates did a good job getting the ball to me today.

How'd you think the team fared today?

Kind of rusty. With no subs we got tired at times. We can do a little bit better and we'll work on it in practice and try to fix our mistakes.

What's it been liked being coached by Roy Williams?

It's been a lot of fun for me. Getting out, running, him getting on us – it's been a lot of fun.

Sean talked about how he expects you and him to get the majority of the minutes in the paint, are you ready to play more of a power forward?

My added weight is going to help me and my team. I think Sean and I compliment each other very well. We've got to push it up and whoever gets down the court first is going to be posting up.

How have the other post players been doing in practice?

They've done pretty good. Justin Bohlander played really well today. Reyshawn is learning the offense and the system.


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