Men's Basketball Freshmen Speak with Media

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
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Men's Basketball Freshmen Speak with Media

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s three freshman basketball players met with the media members who will be covering their LSU careers on Monday in the media room of the LSU practice facility.

Johnny O’Bryant, John Isaac and Anthony Hickey faced members of both the print and electronic media and discussed their thoughts on the upcoming 2011-12 men’s basketball season. Here are some of their comments from when they met with members of the electronic media:

F JOHNNY O’BRYANT

On his transition to college from high school and making an impact…
“I’m just the type of person that wants to come in and work hard. The transition is hard. The game is much faster and everybody is much stronger and athletic. I just want to come in from day one and do everything I can to help. I am not making any promises, I am just going to try my best to help as much as possible.”

On the pressure of coming in with a lot of expectations…
“I do not think there is any pressure. Coach [Trent] Johnson and I have sat down and talked a lot. I am going to do what I can, but if I am the only one doing something then there is no team.”

G JOHN ISAAC

On the team this year…
“I think we are going to really come together as a team this year. We are really going to handle business and do what we have to do to win games. Everything that Coach [Trent] Johnson says to us is true and we are going to do whatever we have to do to back it up …”

On the pressure to perform…
“There is no pressure. The only pressure that exists is the pressure you put on yourself. We are going to come out and do what we have to do to win games.”

On his game …
“I’d have to say the best part of my game is passing … On the flip side, the part of my game that I need to work on the most is my three point shot. It is probably the thing I need to work on at this point.”

G ANTHONY HICKEY

On his decision to be an LSU Tiger and play for Coach Johnson…
“Coach [Trent] Johnson is a great coach and on being a ‘Tiger’, they [LSU] are “sport crazy” about every sport, especially football because basketball has struggled, but we are going to change that.”

On the pressure of coming in to try and help the program…
“The important part is keeping our bodies fresh. Whenever anyone needs a break, we have to be ready. We have to be ready to come in at all times. Even when you think you are not ready, you better be ready because this is SEC basketball. There is no fooling around.”