SMU men’s basketball head coach Tim Jankovich recently went on 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas’ Dennis and Cowlishaw Show. Here are some highlights.
On how long it took him to get over SMU’s first round NCAA tournament loss to USC to appreciate what the team accomplished this year:
“I don’t have the answer yet but gaining on it and so are players. I’ve done this a long time and the one thing I have learned nba basketball jerseys cheap hopefully there’s more than one you always end the season in a lot of pain unless you win the national championship. So far I haven’t done that so it’s all different. I’ve been involved with final eights and 16s and first rounds and second rounds and conference championships won and lost and it’s always pain. It’s a lot of pain. And there certainly was and is here but everybody is healing up and we are starting to feel a little bit more normal.”
On junior Semi Ojeleye declaring early for the NBA draft but not signing an agent:
“He’s gonna allow both ways. I encourage everybody to do that because the NBA and NCAA have set it up to where you can really test it. And so if you go down this, NBA teams will start bringing guys in I think it’s April 23 or 24, they can start bringing in guys to work out and interview guys and the combine is in May. Then you can take your name out May 24. So I think it’s a great thing for him right now. It’s a little early to know. The last thing you want to do is look at mock drafts because those are not accurate. So you got to do some searching and you got to let some time go by and you got to have some people look at him in person and watch him and all that and you’re going to get the real feedback from the GMs and from the player personnel and scouts and all that.”
On if the team will use its first round exit as fuel for next season:
“I think it will fuel everyone in our program without question. The first game you ever play in an NCAA tournament, and I’m going back to my playing days, it’s disconcerting. No matter how much you prepare mentally, it’s hard to get comfortable. And that’s why there’s a lot of upsets in my opinion in the first round. That’s why a lot of the play in teams win the next game in my opinion, because they got the NCAA jitters out. And in no way do I mean that as an excuse. I promise you, early on and late on throughout the whole game I could feel our team was not the same team they had been all year long. Just a little Cheap Jerseys
bit tentative and hesitant and a tiny bit tense, which is totally understandable. But what I think the best part is is moving forward and it’s a hard road to get there but if we get there next year I think our guys would have a whole different sense of comfort and confidence having already playing in a game.”