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July 23, 2013
Q and A with Myles Mack
Holdover guard Myles Mack is entering his third season on the banks and was one of the linchpins holding things together in the aftermath of the Mike Rice scandal and dawn of the Eddie Jordan era. Scarlet Nation caught up with Mack at a recent JSBL game and asked about how he and his teammates have adjusted to things this summer.
Matt Hladik: How did it feel to finally make your JSBL debut last week?
Myles Mack: It was a good debut, just to get a good run in. I was kind of tired. I had two workouts that day, but I still got it in. It was a great debut.
MH: What's it like to have Jerome back and working with you, and now you have D'Von [Campbell] in the mix. What's it like for the three of you?
MM: It's great because we're used to playing three guards. So it's not even hard to build a bond with these guys. They're both good guys, unselfish, and it's easy to play with these guys.
MH: When Coach Jordan was hired, you talked about some of the advantages of playing for a guy who has played in the NBA at guard, who has coached some big name guys. Have you seen those advantages yet?
MM: Yea, I've seen that advantage. He's just showing us the ropes as far as being a point guard. He's been through it. He had a good career in the league and college. All of the pointers he's been giving me I'm trying to take in and use to the best of my ability. It's been great.
MH: What has he kind of been telling you he wants to see from you this year? What has his advice mainly been?
MM: Just basically the same role I had last year: I have to score for the team, get people involved, just be a leader. That's about it basically.
MH: Now, has he had you working more as a two (shooting guard)?
MM: No, not really. Basically all of us can play the one or the two, so we've been rotating at both.
MH: Is it easier to play that way (rotating at different spots) as opposed to having set guard positions?
MM: It's easier to play with no one having any position, because basically we're trying to get the ball out and go. Nobody has a position when that's happening, so that's the best thing about it.
MH: You were one of the guys who obviously helped hold everything together when everything was transitioning from coach Rice leaving to coach Jordan taking over. At this point, now that you've been around the program, how are you feeling about your decision to stay and the future?
MM: I feel great about my decision to stay. He's a great coach. He has a lot of connections in the league or overseas, and I think that's a great thing for me and everybody else, that can help us get to the next level.
MH: Everybody kind of wrote you guys off after everything happened, but what do you think you guys can accomplish this year?
MM: I'm not going to say we can accomplish anything, I'm just going to say we're going to try and win as many games as possible. That's about it.
MH: Would you say this team has its identity yet?
MM: No, I'd say we're still looking for it. We don't have an identity yet. It's building every day and pretty soon we should have it.