Brian Gregory Teleconference Transcript
Tech head coach on the weekly ACC Coaches Teleconference - January 7
Jan. 7, 2013
THE FLATS - Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory answers questions from the media each Monday on the weekly ACC Coaches Teleconference. The Yellow Jackets began Monday preparing to play 23rd-ranked NC State, Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
Tech is heads into the week with a 10-3 overall record, 0-1 in the ACC following a 62-49 loss to Miami at home Saturday.
"In this league you have to move on, and now we go to Raleigh and play a very, very talented and explosive team in North Carolina State. Again, this most important thing is we look at today and take advantage of today and continue to improve."
On the Poole brothers joining over the school break
"With that, he's played some minutes and played in the first half of the game on Saturday. He needs to constantly everyday in practice catch up to speed in terms of what we're trying to get done and how we do it. It's difficult mid-semester transfers because when he came last year you're already engrossed in the season. He misses the whole first part of practice and so forth. He's a tough kid. Right now we really need him to play great defense, run the court for us, get on the glass, and let the offense kind of come to him.
"With Solomon, it's a different situation. He's a kid who wanted to graduate early and get a head start on the college game. We discussed back and forth what was best for him and what he wanted to do in terms of potentially redshirting this year in terms of practice and getting his feet wet in college and so forth. He, his family, and I have talked and they said even if he plays four or five minutes a game right now in this first month to kind of see where he's at, that's only going to benefit him in the years to come. I see them playing more as they get accustomed more to how we do things. Obviously you're throwing them in the mix in a great basketball conference. Every possession is important and sometimes when a guy hasn't played much for a high school kid they're difficult challenges. They both understand it and I think both of them look at the big picture as opposed to right now."
On Solomon Poole as a point guard seeing more minutes towards season's end
Where have you seen NC State improve month to month?
"You have a team that has six guys averaging double figures and is so explosive offensively. Adding those three new guys does take some time and some adjustment and I think you're starting to see that over the last three to four weeks. They are really starting to hit on all cylinders. You can say they had a close game on Saturday, and on the road those are games that you have to win. The veteran teams and the teams that understand it is a possession-by-possession game and that every possession is important I think clearly demonstrated that on Saturday with the win over Boston College."
Are you surprised that your top two scorers are freshman?
"With Marcus (Georges-Hunt) and Robert (Carter, Jr), we knew that those guys were freshmen that could make an impact for us. They're taking advantage of the opportunities there, they are learning everyday, and they are getting better every day. They are much improved on both ends of the court since we started. They made plays defensively and offensively against a very good team in Miami Saturday that they just weren't capable of making in our first game against a Tulane team. I like the development of the freshmen, I like the progress that they are making, and in this league it's hard sometimes to rely on freshmen and that's why our upperclassmen are so important to us.
On Marcus Georges-Hunt
On Tech's defense
"The problem is we let (Rion) Brown loose on a couple of plays and give him credit that was a big game for him. His dad played at Georgia Tech and was one of our great players here. We told our guys he always has a little extra juice. I wasn't here during the recruitment of him, and I don't even know if Georgia Tech recruited him or not but at the same time he has always played well against us. He's streaky but he still plays with great confidence.
"Overall our defense has been pretty good, I still think it's an area we can continue to improve in and most important thing with our defense is guarding the dribble and keeping the ball in front of you and defending with five guys. I think our guys have done a great job with that team concept of not only buying into, but then also going out there and executing. A senior point guard in Mfon sets the tone for that and then you've got a pretty good anchor in Daniel Miller who is in the top 3 or 4 in blocks. If we can continue to do a better job on the defensive glass that's going to help out every aspect of our game. "