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By LARRY VAUGHT

Here’s what Kentucky junior Eloy Vargas had to say about his play while the Wildcats were in Tampa last week for NCAA play:

Question: Do you feel like your play improved late in the season?
Vargas: “The coaches have been telling me I have played more better than I did before. I try to play harder to help my team than I did earlier. I do have more confidence. At times early I kind of let my ego get in the way and I was afraid to make a mistake. Now I just go in there and don’t think about anything except playing hard.”

Question: Was it hard to understand just what your best role on this team would be?
Vargas: “It was at first. Then I had a lot of things on my mind, too. Now I just play.”

Question: Are there more things we can see from Eloy Vargas next year after a full offseason to improve?
Vargas: “For sure. The summer will be great for me. I can come back and play more minutes and do more things.”

Question: Did not being here last summer when you were finishing junior college classes hurt you more than you realized at first this season?
Vargas: “It probably did. I missed the three games when they went to Canada (for exhibition play). If I had been here and gone on the trip, it probably would have helped me a lot.”

Question: What things do you want to work on during the summer?
Vargas: “I have to work on my lower body and get it stronger and get more quicker to  jump higher. That’s what I really need. I think my offense is pretty good. I just have to concentrate more on what I am going to do. This year I have concentrated on defense and trying to help my team more than offense because we have a lot of people who can score. I just go into games and try to get rebounds and block shots. If I get an offensive rebound, then I put it back up.”

Question: Does practicing with Josh Harrellson and Enes Kanter help you?
Vargas: “It helping me a little bit. They are big guys and make me play tough defense.”

Question: With Harrellson graduating, do you truly expect to be a major contributor for UK next year?
Vargas: “Yeah, I have my mind set for that and think I will be fine for next year.”

Question: Are you always happy? Do you ever get down or depressed?
Vargas: “I always be happy. That is way I am. I like to keep people happy, including myself. I talk to teammates and make fun of them to try and make sure everybody is having fun.”

Question: Do you get to talk to your family often?
Vargas: “I talk to them more like every day on the computer so they know what I am doing. They keep up with our games and watch them. The games are on over there, too, or if not they go online and watch.”

Question: Will you get to go home this summer?
Vargas: “I will be going on right after the season is over for a couple of weeks.”

Question: Has it been harder on you or your mom, especially with your father’s death, to be away from family?
Vargas: “It is kind of hard on me because I want to see my mom. She be fine and she tell me not to worry and all will be fine and she is fine, too. But I am a mamma’s boy.”

7 Responses to Q&A with UK junior Eloy Vargas

  • UKFMLY says:

    I truely expect good thing from him next year(and the rest of this year). If he keeps improving the sky is the limit!

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. GO BLUE OR STAY HOME! ! !

  • Karen Sprinkle says:

    He’s really made a lot of progress in the last month or so. If he keeps the attitude he has and continues to put in hard work, I think he will be very helpful next year.

  • Ron says:

    he actually shoots better than i thought he could. go cats!

  • larryvaught says:

    He’s really happy with how he is getting better — and so is Cal

  • Rod says:

    Really wish him well and believe he continues to improve. Look to see him a lot next year. I have been pleasently surprised by his improvement lately, keep up the good work E V

  • Tana says:

    Eloy has certainly shown improvement lately. Too, Eloy just might surprise some folks next season (and Josh did that big-time this season, of course). Thanks for interviewing him, Larry. GO CATS!!!

  • larry vaught says:

    What Josh has done should give Eloy, Hood and Poole all hope for next year

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