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SEC Men's Basketball Summer Teleconference

June 24, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M men’s basketball head coach Billy Kennedy visited with members of the media on Monday during the SEC Men’s Basketball Summer Teleconference. Below are some of his thoughts on the summer progress of this team and the upcoming 2013-14 season.

 

Opening thoughts…

“We’re really excited about the group we’ve got coming in. We will have six to seven new guys that didn’t play for us last year and five guys returning who averaged double-figure minutes, so we’ve got pretty good experience coming back. We really like the talent level and the athleticism that we think we’ve improved in our team through recruiting and a couple of transfers that were sitting out last year. The problem is I think that our league is going to be a lot better than it was last year, but we feel like we are more prepared (to compete) this year than we were in the past.”

On Jamal Jones…

“He will be on campus in a couple of weeks. He’s a 6-foot-8 guard/forward who can really score the basketball. He averaged around 19-20 points in junior college for one of the better teams in the country at Lee College. He has the versatility and the ability to play the two, three or four spot. Offensively, he can stretch the defense by making the 3-point shot and that is something we expect him to add to our program.”

On the point guard position…

“We’ve got two guys back who played the point for us last year in Fabyon Harris and J-Mychal Reese. We also think that Alex Caruso, who was a freshman last year, can play some point for us. The thing last year is we had first-year players playing that position. J-Mychal averaged 26 minutes as a freshman which was probably too much for a guy that has never played at this level before. He was inconsistent in his play, but he has gotten a lot better, a lot stronger and we are excited about the progress he has made this spring. We’ve got those three guys and a couple of walk-ons that we think could play if they had to. I think Faybon, who averaged 12 points per game and played off the ball a lot last year, is a guy who has shown that he can play the point and give us good minutes there.”

On Shawn Smith’s role…

“Shawn is more of a two-guard. He’s very athletic, a 6-foot-3 kid from Florida who had to sit out last year due to NCAA eligibility reasons. He’s probably our best all-around athlete and has a chance to be our best all-around defender. He’s a guard who plays well off ball-screens and is versatile in what he can do. His athleticism, size and toughness is something we didn’t really have last year at that spot. We think he’s got a chance to play some quality minutes for us this season.”

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