So Richard Pitino wanted to talk to the media today as well. His team gets the opportunity to take a trip to Spain this month, is allowed to practice for a couple weeks before they travel. These extra, early-season practices are pretty valuable for a team with so many newcomers.
Some snippets about some of those new members of the team?
Pitino called Dorsey a "fun, fun player to watch" but probably someone who takes too many risks.— Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) August 4, 2015
Says Kevin Dorsey is lighting quick. Great defender, takes risks but great defender. Must improve as a shooter, goes by guys.— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) August 4, 2015
Ahmad Gilbert (who goes by "JR") has gotten in a lot better shape since he arrived, Pitino said.— Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) August 4, 2015
"Jordan Murphy we're very excited about. He can guard multiple positions. Great leadership qualities." Pitino, on some of the newer guys.— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) August 4, 2015
Lets not forget about the returners as well...
"He's easily one of the hardest workers in the program." Pitino, on Nate Mason.— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) August 4, 2015
Pitino on Carlos Morris: "He has grown a lot. He's taking better shots ... he's more patient."— Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) August 4, 2015
"He looked really good last practice. He's gotten bigger, has more skill. He's improved." Pitino, on Bakary Konate.— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) August 4, 2015
An experience like this really does bring a team closer together.
"You're hanging out in such a different setting. It forces you to bring you closer." Pitino, on traveling with teams.— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) August 4, 2015
And it should be rather interesting to see the international big men (Konate and Diedhiou) in their more natural environment.
"They need to. They're very excited. I'm excited to see them in that element." Pitino, on if Konate & Gaston will play tour guides in Spain.— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) August 4, 2015
Here is a little bonus video from Marcus Fuller on the potential of a 3-guard lineup with Kevin Dorsey at the point, Nate Mason as shooting guard and Carlos Morris as the three.
This is going to be a very interesting year for Gopher Men's Hoops, the season is still a long way off but they are going full-speed-ahead!