July 16, 2012
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's basketball team held a summer media day on Monday afternoon in the Miller Center, as head coach Jeff Bzdelik and the entire team was on hand to speak with the media.
The informal session served as a chance for the local media to meet the Demon Deacons' seven incoming freshmen, as well as catch up with the four returnees.
The second semester of summer school began last week at Wake Forest, and all of the Deacons' scholarship student-athletes are enrolled.
Wake Forest will officially start practice in mid-October and open the season on Friday, Nov. 9.
MEDIA DAY QUOTES
Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik
On freshmen Codi Miller-McIntyre, Devin Thomas and Arnaud Adala Moto:
"They are very strong right now and that gives them a chance as freshmen because there is no physicality difference between them and some upper classmen."
"We have some things to work out some things defensively and some things offensively. For the bigs, finishing and sealing around the rim. For the perimeter players, straight line drives and playing off two feet."
On expectations on the freshman class:
"We've talked about (the expectations). All I want them to do is play hard and fearlessly. Freshmen are freshmen but I want them to play their tails off in a collective way."
"It feels good that the hard work pays off that the guys come in and respect what I say. I just want to do my best to leave here the way the seniors did when I was a freshman."
On the seven freshmen:
"They're just so excited to get on the court which is a great sign. We've got guys that can dribble it, attack, shoot and bigs that can bang inside. Every aspect those seven can bring."
On the seven freshmen:
"They're going to be asked to contribute from day one. I'm telling them how tough it was when I was a freshman to do that and they're going to have to learn to quickly and adjust as soon as they can."
On preparing mentally:
"The game will take care of itself, the more we practice it and the more we play, the game will come along. But being mentally prepared for the season will go a long way."
Arnaud Adala Moto
On where his skill set fits in:
"I'm a very versatile player, so I can play the two, three or four. It just depends on how Coach (Bzdelik) wants to play me. But we're working hard in the weight room to get ready."
On what he's been working on in practice:
"I'm going to be working on a little of everything, but I'm going to put some emphasis on my three-point range, so that's my main focus."
On the pressure of playing at Wake Forest:
"There's always going to be pressure, but it's a good pressure. We're all excited to be here and also we enjoy each other. It's just a lot of fun."
On the advice Travis McKie and C.J. Harris have given the freshmen:
"They've told us to always play hard, even when we have a bad day. We have to keep pushing. We'll have workouts in the morning and classes, but we have to always push through."
On feeling pressure:
"Just a little bit but we try not to think about it and try to have as much fun as we can while staying together."
On what Travis McKie and C.J. Harris have told him:
"They tell me there is no easy games. Being in the ACC, there's no easy games. Every night you have to come to play and develop something new in your game because people will be watching video and scouting."