Confident Billups serves notice

Usually, conference basketball media days lack candor as league coach’s hold their thoughts to themselves in front of the media and their coaching peers. That was not the case Monday at the Summit League Basketball Media Day as Denver head coach Rodney Billups talked confidently about his team. A full version of his press conference is here.

Billups on Creighton transfer Ronnie Harrell, Jr.:

“6’7″ long and athletic. Able to play multiple offensive positions and also guard multiple positions. He brings leadership. He energizes our practice  with his voice. He sees that he can be a dominant player at our level. He’s owning things…and taking accountability. This is his last chance (in college)…he has to do things the right way.”

On four star new CU center grad-transfer Tory Miller-Stewart:

“Aggressive, dunking. big player. Big man. Unbelievable leader, unbelievable student, and unbelievable kid …he is a freak of nature. He makes our team more aggressive and more mature.”

On the five new freshmen:

“The five freshman energized our whole culture. And when they step on the court, our level of play rises, our energy rises, and our confidence rises…I was happy to bring in such a good class…When they got on campus, there was an immediate change. Their energy, pride, their toughness is unmatched so far since I have been here. Those five guys are serious about playing the game”

Talking about senior guard Joe Rosga

“He’s everything for our program. The mentality that he has..probably the best player that I have ever coached in the sense of his mentality and I have coached pros (at CU). There have been guys who are a lot more talented – bigger and athletic but ‘mentality wise’ Joe Rosga is the best that I have coached so far…He is ready to own this year.”

Why the tough non-conference road schedule?

“Our team asked for it (tough schedule). Our guys in the locker room wanted to play top 10 caliber teams to test themselves… Its a huge test of our team and our staff. I want to be the best coach I can be. I want to play against the best coaches. We’ll be ready Well see how it goes. It’s huge for us to play teams like that (Kansas State, Gonzaga).” 

LetsGoDU will be releasing our preseason basketball feature tomorrow.