Stansbury, Players Speak

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Hey, how about some basketball? Hopefully this baseball mess can now be put to bed. We had our regular Monday media gathering at Humphrey Coliseum this afternoon. The always quotable Phil Turner, a sophomore guard, held court for about six minutes. One of the main topics was MSU’s stamina at this point in the season and how it might be contributing to the recent slide (three straight losses, five of the last six).

“It takes a toll on you, especially being a young player, really not knowing how to train your body during the offseason for it. Of course, we train and work hard, but you really don’t know what’s ahead,” said Turner. And he’s not shy about reminding teammates what they need to do to stay in tip-top shape (and he said the same goes for himself): “I’m just going to have to do a better job of just preparing the guys as far as the energy level goes and trying to explain to the young players how we need to take care of our bodies.”

Coach Rick Stansbury doesn’t like to use the youth of his team, and the challenges that come with that, as an excuse. But, he could. He thinks, however, that it’s a case of mind over matter. “Mentally, you’ve got to be tough enough to overcome it,” he said. “Are we the toughest team mentally from experience and playing time and all that? We’re not.”

Here are some other thoughts from Stansbury as the Bulldogs (17-12, 7-7 SEC) prepare for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game (the schedule lies) with Florida (21-8, 8-6).

• On Florida: “I think the thing they do really well is they got some guys that can really put it on the floor.”

• On the losing skid: “It hasn’t caused us to make any panics. We get one more here or there in two of those games, we’re not having this conversation.”

• “We’ve just got to have that mental, gritty edge. We can’t lose both edges. We can’t not shoot it well and not play with some grit.”

More from Stansbury, Turner and others in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.

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3 Responses to “Stansbury, Players Speak”

  1. imabulldog Says:

    “We’ve just got to have that mental, gritty edge. We can’t lose both edges. We can’t not shoot it well and not play with some grit.”

    -Most truthful comment all year from players/coaches. This has been exactly what happens. In stead of getting tuff and creative scoring opportunities, driving and scrapping,,,we just shoot 3’s and shoot 3’s and shoot 3’s, and abandon all hope.

  2. carwwest Says:

    as bad as we have been playing here lately, it is nice to see phil maturing in front of us…you can tell throughout the course of the season that he has led more by example with his play and also growing into a pretty good player….

  3. imabulldog Says:

    Phil’s the man

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