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Praise For The Freshmen

During his chat with reporters earlier this afternoon, Gary Williams made sure to point out how well two of his three freshmen have performed so far during pracitices. One of them, Jin Soo Kim, has been able to work out with the team for less than a week, and already he has made a positive impression on Williams. Kim was cleared to play by the NCAA Clearinghouse on Monday, and that news reached Williams around 4:30 p.m.,right during the middle of practice.

Williams said Kim has proven to be a quick learner and is not as far behind as most players would be if they had to sit out the first few weeks of practice because Kim paid close attention to the workouts in which he could not participate. Williams said Kim's timing with his teammates is off, but that it should come quickly. The coach also noted Kim will play in tomorrow's scrimmage and that he won't hesitate to run many parts of the offense while Kim is in the game, even though he is still learning how to play the system. Williams projected Kim as either a small or power forward for this year's squad.

As for Sean Mosley, the freshman guard could miss tomorrow's scrimmage due to a low ankle sprain, which has caused him to miss or be limited in practice for the past week. Still, Williams said Mosley has progressed nicely.

"I think we have two really good freshmen, those two," Williams said. "Steve Goins is definitely in a learning mode, trying to get up to speed with the way he plays, but I think we have two really good freshmen here in Sean and Jin Soo."

By Steve Yanda  |  November 7, 2008; 9:35 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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