Bryce Alford and Norman Powell:
On the opener:
It just felt like we had to get settled tonight. It was the first game and we had the jitters. It took us a while to get started. We got going in transition and that really got us going in the game.
On the freshman:
Kevon is going to be really good. He’s long and gets great rebounds. Thomas is a spot up shooter from 17 feet and in. He hits a lot of shots. He’s going to be a great player.
On the transition game:
Talking and helping was much better than our exhibition game. Once we really talked and trusted in each other, we were able to get going in transition.
On the win:
It was a good start to the season. Isaac [Hamilton] did a great job running point. He’s just as capable as I am.
On early foul trouble:
We went to a 2-3 zone to eliminate me getting that third foul. I have to be smarter and not get those early fouls. I just have to make sure I play a smarter game.
On his playing time as a freshman:
Getting to the Sweet 16 last season really helped me. That experience of playing that first year really was good for me. Kyle [Anderson] really took me under his wing last season and helped me. That first year experience really helped my game.
On his debut:
I did pretty well tonight. I got off to a rough start. After I got subbed out, the game came much better for me. I really have to work on my free throws. I still had some jitters this game.
On the frontcourt play:
When Thomas got his first dunk, I think that got his game going. We got our legs underneath us and that helps us out with our game.
On just missing 10 rebounds:
That was my goal, to get 10 rebounds per night. Tony and I always challenge each other about who’ll get the most rebounds.
On the three guards:
Playing with three guards has really helped my game. It’s given me opportunities to hit open mid-range and 3 point shots. Also, the game is much faster than in high school, so that’s been a transition for me.
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