Jim Ferry talks frosh L.G. Gill, Bonnies rematch

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Duquesne coach Jim Ferry joined the Atlantic 10 teleconference Monday morning to talk a little L.G. Gill and preview the Dukes' Wednesday matchup against St. Bonaventure.

Opening statement ...

"We went from one extreme to the other this week. I thought we played probably one of our worst basketball games of the season at home against a Richmond team that was a little banged up but played great. And then we went on the road, and with two teams that are very similar we came out and played with great energy and focus. We played well, unselfishly, fast and aggressively. Hopefully we can build on that game Saturday and continue to play that way. Because when we do play that way we give ourselves a chance to win every game. And, obviously, when we play the way we did against Richmond we're not going to win any games. But we've had a freshman step up lately, we've had some bench players step up for us. And hopefully late in February now we can roll into playing our best basketball in March."

On L.G. Gill's progression ...

"L.G. has really come on as of late. We thought he was a really talented kid. He's one of these young, true freshmen. The kid has a lot of ability. He's got length. He can rebound. He can put the ball down and shoot. He just hasn't shot well all year. But he's been starting to come on over the last couple of basketball games with his toughness and aggressiveness. Saturday was an accumulation of everything, where he really got in a rhythm, shot the ball well, finished around the basket a little bit, and he played with some aggressiveness. If he continues to do that, if we can continue to get some productivity off our bench from our freshmen, then I think we're going to start playing better down the stretch here."

On Gill finding his outside shot ...

"With shooters we always talk about confidence, especially nowadays when kids are so fragile. You've got to keep instilling the confidence that there's a reason you're here, and there's a reason we recruited you. We have confidence in you. We'll allow you to keep shooting. People think I'm crazy to let somebody shoot threes who has been shooting 22 percent all year. But the kid is more than just a shooter. It's hard being a freshman coming into such a good league where there's so many good basketball players. Like we've all spoken about, it's a league made up of a lot of seniors and juniors, and it's helpful for our freshmen to come in and really be who they are. I give credit to the E.C. Matthews of the world and Jon Severe, who has actually hit a little bit of a wall, but these guys can step in right away, and that's a credit to them. I think he's had a typical freshman year, and hopefully he sees the light right now and can really start contributing more for us off the bench."

On rematch with St. Bonaventure ...

"I expect it to the be the same type of basketball game. You've got two teams with somewhat different styles. They're really big and physical and want to pound it inside, and we're trying to play up-tempo. They've had a little better run since our game, in league play at least. They're an offensively efficient team. Very confident offensive team. They know who they are. They try to play inside out. They have great shooting from Matthew [Wright] and [Charlon] Kloof, who is really a great leader out there. Obviously going on to play at Reilly Center is always a tough place. I think they're 9-2 at home this year. It's always been a rivalry game, and it's been a tough place to play. We're going to have to play very well to win the game at their place."

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