BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy met with the press on Thursday at the annual SEC Basketball Media Day at the Wynfrey Hotel.
Selected quotes are below, courtesy the Southeastern Conference. Photos, video and audio are coming soon.
SEC Basketball Media Day
On freshman performance, especially Reese and Caruso:
"Really pleased with both of those guys. You know, they've had up moments and down moments, but their work ethic, their ability to grasp what we're doing, has been a lot faster than I thought. Both of them are going to play significant minutes. Physically, they've got to get stronger; but that's most freshmen at this level. We're really going to see a lot of playing time at this point, and [I] look forward to them having a great career."
On having a fresh start in the SEC after having a rough last season:
"Yeah, but, we got to work, we got to get it done. I was trying to survive the first two weeks last year, and I'm much further along obviously, but you get your priorities checked real quickly when your health is a concern. I've learned a lot about myself and [I'm] really excited about the opportunity to be at Texas A&M and represent a great school and a great league. It's going to be a lot more fun, I promise you."
On the Turners as seniors and leaders of the team:
"For us to be good, they have to have great years‐ not just average years, they've got to have great years. [I've] really been impressed with Ray Turner‐ he's gotten into much better shape; his conditioning is better. Before yesterday's scrimmage, he's been scoring 10 feet and in; yesterday he shot a couple of jump shots we don't want him to shoot. He thinks his name is Fadeaway Ray; I'm trying to get him to buy into Powerplay Ray. He's done a great job of getting himself into better shape. Elston Turner has got his body fat down, like 5%, so both of those guys are going to play a lot of minutes. They need to have great years for us."