VCU Rams basketball learned a lot about themselves in their victory over Morgan State. Take a look at some of the top quotes from the postgame press conference. You can watch the entirety of the interviews here. Here’s a look at a few of the best quotes.
Coach Mike Rhoades in his opening statement:
“We wanted to play a team in the preseason here that was going to get after us and not just sit on their heels…they were real aggressive and at times, just knocked us off our gameplan.”
Really proud of our guys…I thought our bench, opposite of last game, really gave us some good minutes. I thought David…for his second game in a VCU uniform made some nice plays…had some great toughness plays and rebounds late in the game.
Coach Rhoades on Jamir Watkins:
“I thought Jamir didn’t get off to a great start then as the game went on got himself going and made some great plays on both ends of the court. Took a charge…nine rebounds, four offensive rebounds, kept things alive…”
Brandon Johns Jr. on the turnovers/Morgan State’s style of play:
“We knew that they’d press really aggressively…they wanted to force turnovers to effect the game. We just wanted to be calm, be collective and take care of the ball. We’ve still got to work on it…”
“We knew they were being physical and wanted to match that physicality and definitely bring it to them. So getting in the paint helped us get to the free throw line and help us open a lot more opportunities for everybody else on the perimeter. So it worked out for us in the end.”
Jamir Watkins on his return to the floor/use in the rotation:
“My leg it’s getting better…it’s been a long process but, I’ve been working hard with the coaches a lot so they’ve been helping me a lot with it…”
“Coach helps me with the mindset of keep attacking and playing how I regularly play in practice….”
David Shriver regarding halftime adjustments:
“Basically Coach told us they were out-toughing us right now…and that’s what we’re known for, we’re tough. We work hard, that’s what we do so he really stressed that to us. You know we’ve gotta be tougher, we’ve got to crash the glass, we’ve gotta be stronger with the ball, so that’s the main thing we focused on in the second half.”