Jef Capel, Cade Davis, Andrew Fitzgerald and Nick Thompson discuss the upcoming season.
Oct. 21, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel and players Cade Davis, Andrew Fitzgerald and Nick Thompson flew to Kansas City, Mo., Thursday morning for Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Day at the Sprint Center.
The foursome fielded questions from league media members on topics such as the new-look roster, expectations for the upcoming season, what was learned from last year, and where the Sooners were picked to finish in the conference's preseason coaches poll.
Referencing last season's 13-18 finish, Capel said, "I love what I do. I love the game of basketball, love the opportunity to have some sort of impact on the lives of young people and using our game to teach those lessons. So my spirit was never defeated. If anything, it challenged me even more and it lit a fire even more, if that's even possible."
When asked about the importance of team chemistry, Capel didn't beat around the bush.
"Chemistry is huge. I don't care how talented you are, chemistry is very, very big. The main thing is that our guys have to understand how much they need each other. It can't be one person or two people trying to do their own thing. It has to be about one thing and that's winning. Whatever it takes to win. I think our chemistry is really good."
The video player above contains Capel's press conference session. Several more video clips from Capel and his players are available below.
|| Head Coach Jeff Capel
On what his players learned from last year
On newcomers Carl Blair and Nick Thompson
On his expectations for the season
On senior Cade Davis and his role as leader
On sophomore Andrew Fitzgerald's confidence
On what being picked 11th in the Big 12 means and on the new-look roster
|| Senior Guard Cade Davis
On freshman Cameron Clark
|| Sophomore Andrew Fitzgerald
On some of the team's newcomers and on being picked to finish 11th in the Big 12
|| Junior Forward Nick Thompson
On being named a team captain and what he brings to the team
On being grateful to be at Oklahoma