Men's Basketball Newcomers Debut in Media

LSU's 2014-15 Men's Basketball newcomers
LSU's 2014-15 Men's Basketball newcomers
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE – The six LSU men’s basketball players who will make their debut for the Tigers in 2014-15 met with the local media on Wednesday in their annual introduction to those who would cover them during the regular season.

The six talked about various topics regarding their summer workouts, team chemistry and what each hopes to bring to the team this season.

Bios for the six players are now up and available in the roster section on the LSU men’s basketball page on and here is a sampling of the quotes from the media session:

No. 3 Elbert Robinson III

On his fitness level since coming to LSU ...
“I’ve actually lost some weight and am down to 288 (pounds). I want to get down to 275-280 (pounds) when practice begins (in October). I’ve been working hard with our strength and conditioning coach (Rick Lefebvre) running, lifting weights and eating right. I want to be more explosive, and I want to get up-and-down the court faster. It’s hard carrying a lot of weight and playing basketball at this level. ”

On what areas he feels he needs to work on ...
“I want to make my moves quicker and playing against length. In high school, I was playing against a lot of little guys. I’ve struggled with playing against length a little bit, but I’ve gotten better.”

On the team’s family atmosphere ...
“It’s been pretty good. They treat me like a little, big brother. They take care of me and push me on the court every day. They encourage me to go harder in the weight room. It’s been great.”

No. 4 Keith Hornsby

On what he brings to the team ...
“I feel I’m just another guy who can make plays and make things happen for my teammates as well as bring another scoring threat to us out there on the court. My ability to attack the rim and shoot makes the defense uneven a lot of times.”

On what Josh Gray and Elbert Robinson III can bring to the team ...
“I’ll start out with Josh ... He has eyes in the back of his head, and he has great court vision too. Expect a lot of great plays and some flashy plays too. He’ll make plays that get the job done. I feel like he’s perfect for that. Big Elbert in the post, he’s very imposing. He’s a great shot blocker, and he’s getting used to the workouts. Once he gets into really great shape, I feel like he can be unstoppable. He’s got great size and great strength. It’s unbelievable.”

No. 5 Josh Gray

On his strengths ...
“I feel like I’m an exciting player, and I’m going to do whatever it takes for the team to win. If I have to guard a five-man inside, jump in the stands after a loose ball or give my body for a play – that’s what I’m going to do.”

On the team’s goal to reach the NCAA Tournament this season ...
“That’s the motivation that we all have. We work hard every day and give 110 percent. We’re building chemistry off the court so we can be in a position to get to the NCAAs. We don’t really talk about it right now, but we all know it’s the motivation we have in the back of our heads.”

No. 15 Jalyn Patterson

On how the newcomers can impact the team ...
“We’re going to step up, and we’re going to have to bring it every day on the court. At the college level, you have to be ready. If you’re not ready now, when are you going to be ready? We just have to practice hard and give it everything we have. Everybody is playing hard and going hard in workouts.”

On the team’s height and length ...
“It can help us in various ways. Defensively, it can be a huge impact for us. I’ve been small all my life and always have played against bigger and taller players. ”

No. 20 Brian Bridgewater

On his emotions not playing last year ...
“It was tough, but things fell the way they fell. I’m just happy that the outcome was good. My support group was pretty good, and they kept me up. I focused on doing well in school. That’s all I try to do is work hard in everything that I do.”

On the support Coach Johnny Jones gave him during the process ...
“Coach Jones is like a father figure to us off the court. He’s not just your coach on the court. He really cares about you. He’s just like another father to us.”

No. 21 Aaron Epps

On the team’s chemistry and inside presence ...
“We’re a big family. We’re brothers on and off the court. That really helps us with everything. We have a lot of length inside, and it really helps us with rebounding. I consider myself a stretch four, a taller guy that can shoot it from outside. I just want to come in, play hard and do my best to help the team win.”


LSU is in the midst of the “Unleash the Madness” campaign for ticket deposits for the 2014-15 LSU men’s basketball season. “Unleash the Madness” will allow fans to reserve their seat in the Maravich Center for the 2014-15 men’s basketball season by purchasing a $20 deposit. Deposits may be applied to new season tickets or mini-plans during the upcoming campaign.

Further information is available at or by contacting the LSU Athletics Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184. Follow LSU Basketball on Facebook at and on Twitter @LSUBasketball.




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