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Gillispie Press Conference Quotes


Opening Statement….

“It’s been a good summer so far. I’m excited about what’s going to happen in the fall and I hope our guys are going to do well. I’m really excited about their enthusiasm and their work. I’m excited about the upcoming year.” How different is this summer than last summer?
“The players have a greater sense of comfort because there is not as much that is unknown.
They’ve developed relationships with other players and I think they know more of what to expect.”

You said that Patrick (Patterson) is farther along than you expected. Can you tell us some of the things that he has been doing?

“He’s working hard. He had surgery and he was going to be in a cast for six weeks and a boot for six weeks. They took x-rays after they took off the cast and they said the healing was farther along than expected. So, they put him in the boot and he is going in for another x-ray tomorrow. He’s been doing a lot rehab in the pool on campus in the underwater treadmill. It’s a great rehabilitation device. It’s probably helped him with conditioning and I think it may help him return a little quicker.

He’s been doing his rehab on the treadmill, but he hasn’t been able to return to the court yet. I think that the treadmill will help him return to the court in about three or four weeks. It looks like things are way ahead of schedule as far as recovery.”

Who do you think is going to be your on-court leader next year?

“Our on-court leader is probably going to be Patrick Patterson. He’s not going to initiate the offense unless he had a recovery that would allow him to be a lead guard; and that would be okay. He’s been our off court leader. His attitude is fantastic. So far I have not been a part of a group, as a whole, that is as determined and eager. I’m not making any predictions for the NCAA tournament, but I really do like what’s going on. As far as who is going to play the point guard position for us, that is yet to be determined. I believe that we have many options, but as far as saying, ‘this is going to be our point guard’, is undetermined. We have a lot of inexperience right now.”

Any thought at playing Meeks at point guard?

“As he progresses in his rehab, he’s done well. They say the soreness is subsiding and getting better on a daily basis. I think that he does have some of those leadership qualities. He’s a fairly experienced guy just not at that particular position, but if that’s what we need to do, I think he’s a candidate to do that.”

You mentioned Patrick’s off-court recovery. How central is he to what you plan on doing in the upcoming season?

“He’s very important and we’re going to throw it in their a lot. We’re going to play off him a lot. I think that the post is an area where our team is going to be vastly improved. I think that we’re going to be able to feed the post a lot better a lot earlier in the year. We obviously know that that’s where our bread is going to be buttered. He’ll get a lot of touches a game. Last year, the least amount of times that the post players ever touched the ball in a game was 84 times. The most they ever touched it was 125. In Patrick’s last five games, he touched the ball an average of 68 times. I would assume those numbers will be fairly consistent next year.”

I know you had an All-American player at Texas A & M. Are you going to find that kind of leadership out of Patterson not just on the court, but off the court as well?

“He’s a very special person. He’s a very determined basketball player. He’s determined in
everything he does. His reaction, response, and the way he is going about his rehab is great. He
might have actually lost weight during his rehab. That’s one of the things a player has to concern themselves with is inactivity and gaining weight from it. His conditioning for not being able to do anything for a long period of time is fantastic. He’s working and his body looks great. He’s a very determined guy. Everyone knows it and everyone can see it. He’s been talking a lot with his teammates, he’s played a great recruiter, and he is a great ambassador for the university, but to answer your question, he’s responded to such a great responsibility so early in his career. He’s never let us down on anything.”

There was some talk last year about Patrick possibly playing forward, but right now it
sounds like you would rather continue to feed him in the low post.

“In those last five games, he got as many touches in the high post as he did in the low post. I think that this year we will probably be able to utilize him more in the high post because I think Perry Stevenson has really emerged. I thought that he had a really good season last year and I think that he has taken another step forward this spring and summer. He feels more confident and comfortable that he can be a really good player at this level and then have a great future after he gets done here. I think A.J. (Stewart) has really improved and he’s maturing quite a bit. Jared (Carter) has had a good summer so far and a good trip over to Africa. I’m really excited about (Josh) Harrelson and what he’s going to do. So, I think we’re going to have an infinitely higher amount of options and flexibility than we’ve had in the past; but we’re not going to say that Patrick is a prototype power forward and let him play on the perimeter. That’s just not going to happen, but he is going to be a versatile player. You’ll see him probably have a great deal more of success in the high post area as far as scoring.”

Is Mark Coury coming back to play?

“At the end of the year, he asked if he could — he wasn’t on scholarship — and he asked if I would mind if he got a release to five or six different schools so that he could seek a scholarship and I said, ‘Absolutely.’ The way I look at it, I want Mark back, and he hasn’t decided if he’s going to come back. He was an important part of our team last year, but if I can’t give him a scholarship, or if I choose not to give him a scholarship, and he can get a scholarship somewhere else to pay for his school, I understand that totally. He’s in the midst of talking to some people.”

Article written by Matt Jones

16 responses to “Gillispie Press Conference Quotes”

  1. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS

    Good stuff although not what any of us expected to hear. This gets the blood boiling. When is Midnight Madness again? Can’t wait to watch them in Vegas.

  2. Pokey Chapman

    So Meeks is a “candidate ” to play the point. I could live with that. I think we can be great at the lead or shooting guard.

  3. crazyblueman

    89 days 13 hours and 40 minutes til October 15!! I hope Pat heals in time, and he should improve from last season (which is saying quite a lot). I like our depth in the post (Harrellson) and wing (Miller), but I’m still concerned what we’re gonna do as far as the guard spot goes if Galloway and Liggins don’t qualify.

    I like Billy’s attitude here; he’s really excited about next season, and he hopes his guys do well. Not becasue he thinks his guys are going to do well…no, he just love him some basketball. That’s a sign of a dedicated coach!

  4. truBLU

    I’ve been saying this all along man…Meeks will step up and be our leader at PG if other options fail to become eligible. Not only that, I can see him being a 2nd or 3rd team all-SEC type of PG out of position. That would be a huge honor. Porter sounds like he could be a capable option at the 2 since there are reports that he’s taking 1500 threes a week in practice. All we need him to do is make a couple 3s a game.

  5. truBLU

    Also, I’m not sleeping on the idea that Landon Slone could come in right away and hit some shots for us.

  6. bigblueben

    I guess that finally answers the question that has been asked a million times. Is Coury on scholarship, academic, walk on, and will he be on scholly.

  7. JtownCatsFan

    UK isnt getting any love in the preseason polls, and i love it! This team is going to turn some heads and make some noise next year, and PPat and Meeks are going to lead the way!

  8. BIGMONEY

    u guys r crazy Liggins will play the point. Porter will be a great backup! I actually think if Pat isnt a sure thing I would sit him out against any of the gardner webb type teams if there is any but i doubt he will do it!

  9. EyewearMan

    Couldn’t Coury get an Academic Scholly??? Isn’t he on the Dean’s List??? He was Napoleon’s stunt double in the movie. He took Kip’s steak in the face after a perfect throw from Uncle Rico!

  10. GoCats2010

    dean’s list means nothing at UK!

    I’m a junior with a 3.84 GPA and been Dean’s list 3 out of 4 semesters only missing it by .0375 my first semester. I just got notified that I didn’t earn any extra money from the business school. Mark is really smart and the school could use him as a student.

    If you are not poor, have a LOWER!!! GPA, or live in back woods KY then UK doesn’t like to give you any money.

    Mark may not be the best player, but he tries just as hard as anyone and thats all you can ask from a walk on.

    Bring back Kerry Benson

  11. Jesse Duke

    10. What’s wrong with the back woods of KY?

  12. bleedinbluesince81

    Is Midnight Maddness on the 15th?

  13. mattcat68

    #11) If your couldn’t comprehend what #10 was referring to, then you are what’s wrong with the back woods of KY. You may want to read his statement again.

  14. jr braddy lives

    Marc Maggard said he would tell you what bcg said standing around the water cooler after the press conference for a 10 spot.

  15. RememberTheMember

    10, 13) What parts are Kentucky AREN’T “back woods?” 3 towns?

  16. RememberTheMember

    What parts OF Kentucky, excuse me. MY back woods education must not have worked very well.