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By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: How good will the team be this year and will your role change?
Goss: “I see a lot of potential in this team and the willingness to win. The passion for the game has increased. It could just be my passion, but it looks everybody else’s passion to win is just like mine. My role has changed to become a vocal leader. That is one thing we need from me and Kastine Evans. We have been working and talking all summer about doing that. I am not saying I will be yelling in your face, but if I see you slacking off I am going to say something. Last year or year before, I was just kind of sitting back and every time I think about that I feel that guilt. I should have said something then because now she’s doing it in a game we really need and I didn’t say anything. I don’t want to have any regrets when I leave and coach Mitchell is helping us and making us feel more comfortable.”
Question: An ESPN analyst recently told me she loves covering UK because of way team plays and fact Matthew Mitchell could sub five players at a time and no one pouts or quits playing hard. Why is that?
Goss: “It is tough but it starts in the summer. The way we play, there is not one person on the team that can play the way we do for 40 minutes. We get fatigued. We depend on the second five to be just as good if not better than the first five. We don’t want any drop off. We don’t want to come out up 20 and then all of a sudden be up 10. We should be consistent, or have the score even going up.”
Question: So is the mentality more that Kentucky has two starting fives?
Goss: “That is exactly it. Come to our practices. Lot of fun, lot of getting after it. We finally get to play against people who play against us in that other five. I would assume we would do it again. We have a lot of great people coming in and people have been moved around and changed. We are older. I think it will be a great year.”
Question: Could this be a national championship season?
Goss: “We are a very humble team. That is definitely one of our goals, but we look at one game at a time. We love to get publicity and have people on our side and have more TV games, but at the same time we are not going out there to say we are a national championship team to get on TV. We are going to be very humble this year. Me and Kastine have come up with ideas for community service hours just to keep us humble. Things like soup kitchens and going out in the community for clothing or shoe drives or doing anything we can to help makes it easier to keep a humble attitude and never be satisfied.
“I wouldn’t say it was hard to get other players to want to do this, but everyone is so busy. If we all go to a soup kitchen, we have to make sure we are all done with practice and classes and everything else. A clothes drive a lot easier because we have a lot of clothes we don’t wear. For myself, I was trying to look into pen pals, little buddies I could write to just to be a mentor or role model.”
Question: Who is going to be the most improved player on your team this year?
Goss: “Our team? Not to sound big headed, but I think I am going to be if not the most, one of the most, improved players just because I know what I have been doing this year. And I can see from workouts that Azia Bishop is getting after it. Janae Thompson is. Jen (O’Neill) is. I can go all the way down the line because I feel like everybody has improved since last year.
“I think I will be more assertive and aggressive. I can talk more, be a go-to player, being the one that is reliable. There are lot of things you can do other than score.”
Question: Who is the most athletic player on the team in your opinion?
Goss: “We are all athletic. Azia is big, long, can jump, can run the floor. She can do it all.”
Question: How different is it going into seasons expected to win and being considered a national title contender?
Goss: “We go into the season expecting to win. So if we have a high ranking, that just fuels the fire. We should be able to take that opportunity and run with it and use it to make us even better and hungrier.”