Four Basketball Newcomers Speak to Media

Darcy Malone, Tim Quarterman, John Odo and Jarell Martin
Darcy Malone, Tim Quarterman, John Odo and Jarell Martin
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE – Four of the newcomers for the 2013-14 LSU men’s basketball team who are attending LSU this summer had the opportunity to meet with the local and area media Tuesday afternoon at the LSU practice facility media room.

Freshmen Jarell Martin, Tim Quarterman and Darcy Malone along with junior John Odo spent time discussing their recruitment to LSU, the upcoming season, their style of play and what they’ve seen in workouts to date.

Martin, from Madison Prep in Baton Rouge, was the LSWA’s choice as Mr. Basketball in the state, while Quarterman (of Savannah, Ga.) was named the Class AAA state player of the year by the GSWA. The 7-foot Malone came to LSU from Australia, while Odo after graduating from Hill Junior College, has been practicing with the team since January.

Here are some of the quotes on various subjects from the players earlier Tuesday:


On deciding to come to LSU…
“I decided to stay at home and be close to my family. My mom is a single parent at home so I decided to stay with her. I wanted to bring the legacy back that LSU had when Shaq was here.”

On the recruitment process…
“When Coach (Johnny Jones) went out and recruited Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman I felt that he was really trying to do something. He said all he needed was another big piece and I was the piece that was missing.”

On his style of play…
“I have a lot of versatility. I can go outside and play on the perimeter. I can play on the inside. I am a good offensive rebounder. I just like to do whatever is there.”


On players he admires in the NBA…
“Dirk (Nowitzki) is someone who I have watched play a lot. If I could play like Dirk on the outside and Shaq on the inside I could play for many years. But any NBA player is an example of what I want to be like. I just want to make a career out of basketball because I love playing it.”

On the upcoming season…
“We are here to be a top team. That is how we are going to prepare. I can’t say how many games we are going to win. I don’t know that yet. But we are going to try our best. We are going to train as hard as we can. We are going to play as hard as we can. Hopefully the results speak for what we have done.”

On playing with Johnny O'Bryant III
“When I came on my visit, I got to meet with Johnny (O’Bryant III). He was very positive about how his experience has been so far and how much he has been able to change his game and develop. Being able to come here and know that I have a mentor as a player, like a big brother, teaching me how to play against people in the SEC and the NCAA has been really great. He is there for the team and I’ll definitely follow that a lot.”


On adjusting to the college lifestyle…
“It has been great. It has been a great experience coming from high school. It’s different as far as the school and the team. It’s just been a great experience so far.”

On the position he hopes to play on the court…
“I play primarily at the point, but I am very versatile so I could play at the two and probably the three. Coach Jones and I talked a lot about that so that is probably what it will be.”


On his time at LSU thus far…
“I have developed as a player. I have learned how to defend under Coach Jones, while getting a good education.”




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