VIDEO: Alford on Point Guard

OCT. 15 -- Sophomore guard Bryce Alford talks about the rotation in the back court and what he expects in terms of minute load this year...

Bryce Alford talks at basketball practice:

On practice so far:
Its been good. We had the trouble with the flood but its been a good summer and all the guys have gotten better. Having Norman and Tony coming back, the older guys.

On how many minutes he expects to play:
Whatever I need to play. I think with the personnel we have, with me and Isaac, I'll have to play a lot. I've prepared myself for that. Mainly working through point guard skills. Working on reads, working on my off hand. Finishing. Getting in shape is the biggest thing.

On if he'll be the primary point:
That's the plan, whoever gets the ball first. A lot of times, Norman would bring it off the pass. We want to get it out on the break and get some easy buckets.

On if there is a new identity:
For sure. Last year, we were a veteran group even though two of our best players were sophomores, but they were first round picks. We're going to be a smart team. We'll switch up. We'll be up-tempo and maybe even be better defensively this year.

On replacing all the starters:
It's good to have the recruiting class we did. That will help with taking the spots, plus the Wear twins. We all have a year under a belt. We just have to up our intensity.

On how he and Isaac complement each other:
Its unfortunate he couldn't play, but it may have helped. He's a McDonalds All-American and will show that right away.

On a lack of depth:
I don't think it will be too big a deal. We can play big. We also have Waanah who can come in and play the four. We have a lot of lineups that can give each other breaks.

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