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Johnson Gives Basketball Update on SEC Call
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Published: June 29, 2010, 09:00 AM (CT)
Updated: June 30, 2010, 03:19 PM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU men's basketball coach Trent Johnson took part Monday in the annual Southeastern Conference coaches' summer teleconference. Here is a transcript of Coach Johnson's part of the session:

Opening statement about status of the club ...
"It will be a completely different team with the addition of five incoming freshman and a transfer. We are going to be a completely new group, and the guys that are returning are working extremely hard in the weight room and gym to improve themselves. It is going to be interesting and it is going to be exciting but it is going to be an extremely new team."

On how quickly the incoming players will adjust to his system ...
"I think it is going to be quick just because each one of these kids brings something to this program that we didn't have last year from the standpoint of perimeter shooting and the skill level. All that being said I am a firm believer that you judge a recruiting class at the end of their career rather than at the start of their careers. They have an opportunity much like all these other kids that I have brought in since I have been here. They have an opportunity to come in and have an instant impact but it all that depends on how well they blend with the veterans and how well they are willing to compete and grasp the physicality and intensity of the college game."

On if the shooting will be better this year ...
"Considering how bad as we were last year we only have one way to go and that is up. Not only  will we be a much better shooting team than we were last year but we will also be a much better team in all aspects of play. Obviously when you lose a guy the caliber of Tasmin Mitchell you lose a lot, but as opposed to a guy like him that can go out and get you 20 or 30 a night this is going to be a team where eight or nine guys can go out and get you around 10 or 11 points a game on any given night. It will be a team in every essence of the word and I base that on the talent and skill level of the kids that are coming in and the hunger that I am hearing from our strength and conditioning coach."

On if there is any status update of Bo Spencer ...
"No. He is in summer school and that is pretty much all I know.

On if it is hard to get your "recruiting bearings" when you come from a school on the West Coast to the South ...
"The other side of the country has nothing to do it. I think what has to do with it is what you inherit and rather you inherit a deep and talented team and the APR. Every situation is different and it all depends on the status of the program. In our case I had a very talented and very good basketball team in my first year. We were stuck in a situation with APR where we had to be very selective with our recruiting process and we couldn't go out and sign a guy who couldn't get it done academically. I think t varies depending on the program but in a perfect world you would like to be able to come in and have two or three guys that are great players that are juniors and seniors, and then be able to go out and sign two or three the next year and two or three the next year and so on, but it doesn't work like that."

On how hard it was for Kentucky coach John Calipari to get their freshman to play together ...
"For me I haven't been in this situation before. The sooner the players understand that this is a team, that no one individual is bigger this team and that they are only as strong as your weakest link the better. As soon as everyone understand that you are going to be as good as you can be. Everything I have done so far at LSU is built on commitment and trust. We are going to put our heads down and whether the guys have been here three years, two years or just go here the message is going to be the same."

On the status of sophomore Aaron Dotson ...
"He has had a setback here in the summer. He has a strained patella tendon so I think he is going to be scoped here in the next week, but I am not sure and we are just resting him right now. He had a good spring in the weight room but he has had a little setback here so we will have to see where we go from that. Obviously, whether he is healthy or not usually, you are a better player mentally when you go through a year like he had last year as a freshman that got an opportunity to play multiple minutes, so he should be a much improved player

On if he is concerned with the point guard position with Bo Spencer out ...
"I am not really that concerned. I shouldn't be because we only won two league games last year and only won eleven games overall. Our talent level has improved and the competition at practice has improved. Chris Bass has been here for three years and Andre Stringer comes in with very talented skills. Our whole team should be a better passing and shooting team than we had last year so I am not concerned about that."

 

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