Bulls Verdejo Excited for New Season

The Bulls basketball team had the first exhibition of the season this week, and Guard Jesus Verdejo is eager to get back on the hardwood for the regular season. In this exclusive interview find out what he's done to get better & why he thinks the Bulls are headed in the right direction for success. Only on USFNation.com

Jesus Verdejo

What was the off-season like for you and the team?

"To tell you the truth, we've been working real hard to get ready for this season. The guys have been working out, getting stronger, and getting better playing in the summer leagues.  We did some good things last year and are ready to build on that."

What has been the biggest difference from last season?

"Last year was a learning year for everybody. We all had to get used to Coach Heath and his style of play, but now we know what to expect and know what we have to do. We all know what are strengths and expectations are and are ready for it."

Describe the feeling of going into your senior season?

"I'm excited. This is my senior season and I only have 36 regular season games left to play. Of course were aiming to go far in the BE tournament, and I'm looking forward to it."

What have you worked on personally during the offseason?

"I got a lot stronger this past year, way stronger. Last year I think I bench pressed 185 pounds like 15 repetitions, but I just did 21 reps recently. I'm getting healthy, and my knees are getting better. I now  I feel like I can really go out there and make more of an impact."

Do you feel that you have a better grasp on the offense?

"I feel like I have a much better grasp on the game, and know that my role is going to be more of a scorer, instead of letting the Kentrell and Dominique to the job.  Dominique and me have got to do the job, and we're going to have to score a lot, and I'm looking forward to that."

Is it hard adjusting to all the new faces on the team?

"No not really. The guys are working real hard and we got a lot of new players we're all getting adjusted to. Guys like Justin Leemow playing guard from New York, Gaby Belardo from Puerto Rico playing guard, Eladio Espinosa from prep school in VA. I think will be good with those guys, even with losing Kentrell Gransberry who was a big key for us. I think we're going to have to score a lot of points, and I'm looking forward to it."

What are your expectations of the new guy's impact?

"I'm excited about all the new guys, Eladio, Justin, Belardo, and Gus Gilchrist. Even though they may be young, I think they will standout.  Dominique, Chris Howard and I are depending on them to do well. So we're going to tell them what to expect when we get to the Big East conference, because the conference is no joke."

How does it feel having some who idolizes you in Belardo on the team?

"It feels great. I knew Gaby since he was growing up. I'm a little bit older than him but he played for the same AAU team. When he visited here he told me he saw me play for the Puerto Rican national team against Argentina when I scored 30 points and after that always wanted to play like me. Coaches say that he's just like me, tough and likes to play defense, so we'll see.

How excited are you to start the season.

"I can't wait, Me, Dominique, and the guys have been working out and just starting getting in there, practicing and shooting hoops and I can't wait for the season to start."

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