Question: Do you still remember those early season struggles, especially with turnovers?
Question: Were there any reasons you considered to maybe come back to UK¿for your sophomore year?
Teague: “I talked about coming back. I weighed both my options. We all did. There was a strong possibility any of us could have come back, but we all felt like we were ready and we did enough.”
Question: Do you plan to finish the semester academically?
Teague: “We are all going to finish out school. We all have been doing great this year. We wanted to leave on a good note and finish out the semester for coach Cal and this program.”
Question: What made this team so close?
Teague: “Just from day one we had a special bond and felt like brothers. We all treated each other with respect and just had fun being around each other. We loved playing together and that just made it that much easier to get along.”
Question: Why did all five of you decide to announce together?
Teague: “We all kind of just said it. Terrence said it first but we were all like, ‘That’s a good idea. We have been doing this thing together all year, so let’s finish it that way.’ We just decided that was the right thing to do.”
Question: Would it be exciting to play against your teammates in the NBA?
Teague: “It would be fun to play against them, but I¿love playing with them a lot more. Me and Michael were talking about if we were on the same team that would be fun. We already know how to play together and that would be something we would love to do.”
Question: Did you get more attached to the Kentucky fans than you anticipated?
Teague: “I love the fans in Kentucky. They support you so much. ¿You look in the crowd at an away game and it’s full of Kentucky fans. We have more fans than the other team. It’s like a home game. That just shows how much they love and support us. I¿knew the fans were crazy here and heard stuff from other players, but actually seeing it is totally different. You have to experience it.”
Question: Are the fans what you will miss the most about Kentucky?
Teague: “I will miss the fans, but more than anything I will miss playing with these guys and coach Cal.¿It is just a brotherhood that we created. It’s just hard to let go, but we all know we have to move on. But I¿will miss playing with these guys.”
Question: Ever any consideration among the five starters to all coming back like Florida’s players did a few years ago after winning a national title and trying to win another championship?
Teague: “It just felt like it was the best decision for us and our families to go to the next level. We felt like we did enough this year just winning the national championship and playing and having fun as a team. We talked to coach Cal and just felt it was time. We wasn’t scared if we came back that we would lose or anything like that. We just were more comfortable leaving now and felt this was the best decision for us.”
Question: How much confidence did playing against NBA players who came to Lexington last summer give you and your teammates?
Teague: “It helped a lot and gave us a lot of confidence. Having success against guys at that level and playing just as well as they were — now they were a lot better than we were — but we had success against them and we knew if play against them that we could play against college players and that’s what we did.”
Question: What advice would you have for the incoming recruits who will be trying to follow a national championship team?
Teague: “Just come in and be prepared to work hard every day. At Kentucky, there are no days off. This team came to practice every day. We never had a bad practice. Never. Someone always get everybody energized. People never came in the gym sluggish and not wanting to be there. We came ready to work and why we had so much success this year.”
Question: What are your thoughts on Rod Strickland leaving the staff to join Larry Brown’s coaching staff at SMU?
Teague: “He couldn’t help us as much as he wanted to because of (NCAA) restrictions on his job. But we all know Rod and what he did as a player. We just couldn’t get as much help from him because of that rule. But we have known Strick for a while. He couldn’t even talk to us on the bench.”