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Q&A With Justin Jackson & Isaiah Hicks
Release: 10/17/2016

Justin Jackson, Junior Forward


On stepping up as a leader

“It’s huge. Joel and I know that everyone has to step up, but for us, we’re probably the two guys that have played the most consistent, other than maybe Kennedy, out of this group. So we know that we have to step right into that leadership role, and if we can do that and carry everybody else along, I think we’ll be alright.”

On replacing Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige’s leadership

“Everybody has been pretty active, pretty talkative. Probably Nate (Britt), Joel (Berry), and myself probably have been the biggest whenever it comes to that leadership role, but everybody has been pretty active.”

On changes in his game

“I don’t know if necessarily you’re going to see anything different. For me, I know I have to be a lot more aggressive. We don’t have a 17 and ten guy on the block anymore, other than I think Isaiah (who) has the capability of doing that. Not having Brice and Marcus, that leaves a hole, and somebody has to step up. So for me, I’m going to try and be as aggressive as possible.”

On asserting himself
“I’ve always done better whenever there’s more pressure on myself. Knowing that they’re not here (Marcus and Brice) and knowing that I need to do more, I think I’m looking forward to that. I’m looking forward to stepping into that role and having to do a little bit more. We’ll see how it goes whenever the season starts, we’re just ready to get it going.”

On past inconsistency

“Honestly, I don’t even remember those inconsistencies. Those are what, last year, year before? So for me, I’m trying to move on from that, keep that out of my mind. It’s a new season. I feel like I’ve improved quite a bit over the summer. So I’m just going to try and go out there and always think next play. So if I can do that and keep on being aggressive, I’ll be alright.”

On lessons learned from the draft process

“Honestly, I learned the amount of time that you really have to put into it. For a lot of us, we’re trying to make this a job, Lord willing. There’s a whole lot of things on and off the court that you have to put in, whether it’s sleep, diet, the amount of time you put in at the gym, and whatever it might be. It kind of opened my eyes hearing from some of the guys that are in the league, opened my eyes a whole lot. So if I can keep that going, keep my body healthy, and stuff like that, those are probably the biggest things.”

On how ready he is for the next level

“I feel pretty confident in myself. But it’s all about what I do out there on the court. I haven’t been as consistent as I should have been. So it’s all about once I get out in the lines. If I can do that, I feel pretty good about myself.”



Isaiah Hicks, Senior Forward

On improvement

“I would say shooting more. Just getting a feel for it, getting comfortable, just shooting. I believe so [expect more jump shots]. It’s all about how you do in practice though, because Coach decides if he wants you to shoot or not.”

On the open shooting guard spot

“Honestly, I think it’s going to be hard for Coach because of the way practice has been going. I don’t know who he’s going to pick because all of them are knocking down shots like it’s nothing. One dribble pull-ups, in someone’s face, all like it’s nothing, it’s just going to be a hard decision.”

On Tony Bradley

“Tony’s tough, just his body, him being so long. I was just talking about that yesterday, ‘Tony just blocked that? How did he block that?’ I’m the guy, I have a pretty good second jump, Tony still ended up blocking my shot a few times and I’m just like, ‘Wow.’”

On avoiding foul trouble

“It’s just playing smarter, knowing what to do and knowing what not to do. Coach Davis and I are going to have times where we watch files, so I know what to do when the time comes and what not to do when the time comes. Just play smarter.”

On how to emulate Brice Johnson’s senior year improvement

“[I want] his mindset. Every time he went out there, Brice looked at every rebound like it was his, every time he touched the ball he was going to score. That’s the biggest thing that changed Brice. Not working hard off the court, he was just mentally into it.”

On Theo Pinson playing the four position

“Theo looks like a competitor. You know how he loves to joke around and stuff, but he takes it serious. He’s guarding me, Luke (Maye), Kennedy (Meeks), Tony, or even Aaron. He’s always talking about a wall and stuff like that. Theo tries to compete with us, so him working hard down there is a good thing.”



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