Jimmy’s blog: Springer said he wants to make teammates better

By Jimmy Hyams

Here are bullet notes from comments by Tennessee true freshman guard Jaden Springer:

*Vols freshman Jaden Springer said his biggest adjustments to college are the speed of the game and learning UT’s offense. He said his role will be to `look at everybody else around you and figure out what you can do to make them better.’

*Springer on his defense: `I can get down, lock up on defense.’ Is he a better defender than fellow freshman Keon Johnson? He isn’t sure. But he said: `I’ve always been one that wanted to play defense and not let the other team score.’

*Was there a moment coach Rick Barnes went after Springer? `Yeah, I feel like everybody on the team gets those. You know it’s coming when you mess up. You’ve got to be prepared for it. … He wants what’s best for you and what’s best for the team.’

*Asked if this season is championship or bust, Springer said: `I wouldn’t say championship or bust, but I feel like with the talent on the team, we could definitely take it all the way if we play up to what we’re supposed to.’

*Springer is impressed with the talent on the UT team: `Pretty much everybody on the team is really skilled. To compete with them every day will definitely make you better.’

*Springer said playing at IMG Academy helped prepare him for college: `Being able to go to a school like IMG and playing with other top talented guys is a big help. I’m used to counting on others on the court and not doing everything yourself.’

*Springer said one of his `dreams since I was a little kid was to play in a big arena like (Thompson-Boling Arena) and a school like Tennessee. I’m looking forward to it.’

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