By now you must know that Illinois men's basketball Coach Bruce Weber will be taking the Big Ten's…
Freshman Shaun Pruitt talks about Big Ten Hoops
With the loft expectations for this team, I'm sure this can be overwhelming for you right now.
Oh, yeah. This is great, being a freshman. I'm new to all this but at the same time I don't have to do a lot because I'm on a team that's ranked #1 in the country. People know we can be really good; we aren't ranked #1 for no reason. We have a lot of good players. At this point I'm going to try and take my time and learn and get better.
How are you adjusting to the physical part of the game? In high school you could push your way around; here it's not so easy is it?
I think I'm doing okay. The real adjustment came in the summertime when I first got here. I got to come in and start to lift weights so that really helped. Now that the school year has started that helps make the adjustment a lot easier.
Shaun, Coach Weber jokingly said Nick Smith found someone that he could beat during practice, is it really that bad for you?
It was definitely a lot different than high school. I actually missed a couple (pre-season conditionings) in high school because I broke my foot and my ankle, but that was a big adjustment for me. I fought through all that and got it done.
How much playing time are you expecting as a freshman?
I know I have a lot of guys in front of me, so I know I will have to work hard to get minutes. People ranked our team this high because we do have a lot of good players.
Shaun, good luck this season and go get 'em.
Thank you and we plan to. We know what's at stake here.
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