Some positive developments for sure. I'm very excited for the players that finals will be over by gametime tomorrow. No more distractions for the team. Just ball.
Update: Case in point
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"Coach always refers to us as having a deep team and a deep bench, and he likes the guys on the bench to come in and create a spark and provide energy on the court," Charles Hinkle said. "Basically, I just try to do what I can to make the hustle plays. "Every coach wants a lot of energy. We always talk about how everybody on the bench needs to be clapping, standing up and cheering for the team. When (Stallings) comes to the bench, he’s really looking for energy. So I’m trying to provide that."
A.J. Ogilvy has missed practice this week until today, as well as the bulk of two practices last week, with pain in his right heel. The injury is likely to linger all season, just as it did last season. Andre Walker has been out with the flu and was throwing up a lot earlier in the week. His chief concern Saturday would be his energy level and staying hydrated. The Commodores need Walker for his work on the boards. Lance Goulbourne suffered a concussion last weekend against Western Kentucky. He needed to be symptom-free to practice today, so that's encourgaing. But as we saw with Ogilvy in October, those symptoms could return and sideline him again. It's a wait-and-see matter.
"Festus Ezeli is one of the guys we have who can play above the rim and rebound above the rim and affect plays that go on above the rim and around the basket," coach Kevin Stallings said.
"The coaches say when I play in practice that I dominate," Ezeli said. "They want me to do that in games. It’s coming."
"At some point the light’s going to go on for him that there are going to be times that he can do in games what he does in practice," Stallings said. "I don’t think he possesses the belief system yet that he can affect games the way he affects practices. "He’s not going to affect every game the way he affects some –or a lot – of our practices, but there are going to be some games he can affect that way. It’s going to just have to happen for him some night before he’s going to really believe it.
"Everytime I get on the court I get more comfortable," he said. "Even in the way I shoot free throws, I’m getting better each game I play." "The story of my game is getting comfortable. … I think it’s coming."