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By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun
LEXINGTON Ã¢â‚¬â€ Kentucky guard Jarrod Polson saved his best for last during the Blue-White game last week at Rupp Arena. The former West Jessamine standout scored the blue teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last basket Ã¢â‚¬â€ a dunk Ã¢â‚¬â€ in a 126-104 win over the white squad. Polson missed his first three field goal attempts, but had four rebounds, collected a pair of steals and two assists. At 6-foot-2, Polson even pulled down a rebound.
Polson took a few minutes to answer some questions following the intrasquad scrimmage.
How much has Terrence Jones improved this season?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Terrence is a new guy. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a new player and he even came in the summer and just worked harder than IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever seen him work before. Obviously it showed off (in the Blue-White game) and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to show up during the season.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Are you surprised that he came out and scored 52 points in the Blue-White game?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not really. We have been practicing with him for a month or so now and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done that in practice. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a totally different player and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s played so hard this year. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be hard to stop him.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What about you? What have you gotten better at?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just learning more about the offense. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m probably not going to be a scorer this year. If I can get in there, play some good defense and control the offense. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to do. I probably going to play the one or two most of the time, so if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m at that point-guard position, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just working to get the team into place and do what I need to do running (the team) and things like that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
How far do you see this team going this season?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously, our goal is to get to the national championship and I honestly see it (happening). We were just talking (after the game) and we have so many different players and so many good players who are good at different things. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be really exciting this year.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What is the difference between this team and last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s squad and the progression of the two teams at this point in the season?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We might be further along this year (at this time) than we were last year in certain areas.Ã¢â‚¬Ë†WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing more dribble drive this year than we did last year. Last year we were more like a team that came off the pick-and-roles and the screens and stuff like that. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re definitely more of an up-tempo team this year, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because of the way all of our guys play.Ã¢â‚¬Â
How much have Darius (Miller) and Doron (Lamb) improved?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re just like Terrence. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve put in the work last summer and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s helped them elevate and improve their game. With Darius, I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen him miss a shot in a while. Doron struggled at first a little bit, but he had 31 points (in the blue-white game). They have both improved and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re definitely going to be ready for the season, too.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Are you guys ready to play an outside opponent such as Transylvania Wednesday?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be really nice to get some competition in and actually have a real-game experience.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What about being picked to win the SoutheasternÃ¢â‚¬Ë†Conference? Is there some pressure involved with that?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have a lot of expectations this year. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it adds pressure.Ã¢â‚¬Ë†We know what to expect.Ã¢â‚¬Ë†WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to work our hardest and see what happens from there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
How do you handle that pressure, especially after going to the Final Four last year?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You just have to realize this is a new year and it really just comes down to one game at a time and trying to get better at some category every game. We just have to take every day seriously in practice.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What about the freshman class? How good are they?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re unbelieveable. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all different in their own way, but at the same time, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all just great players. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all really mature and they work harder than any freshman group IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen. I think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be ready for the season.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Did we see how good they are in the Blue-White game?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You probably havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen their best. I mean they all played pretty good, but they definitely have more in store for this season.Ã¢â‚¬Â