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Clippers.com - Interview with Babbit and others

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You have to log-in so I'll just post it here. They also have interviews with Gordon Hayward: Breene Murphy: How do you think you did today? Luke Babbitt: You know, I think I did pretty well today. It was a good workout for all of us. It was competitive. We played a lot of three on three and got after it. I think we all did pretty well. BM: For these workouts, most of the guys have all seen you play before. So what are you trying to do to show something that they might not have seen? LB: Like you said, they've already seen all of us play, saw us at the combine, at the interviews and everything. It's the whole body of work that's the last piece. This is the last chance to show them because the draft's about two weeks away and you just try to do the best you can. You know, you're not going to sell yourself to them in one day, it's a whole body of work. You just have to do the best you can. BM: But are there any finishing touches you like to show? You've seen the draft profiles... LB: You want to stick to your strengths but you maybe want to show some things that they didn't know about you. Everybody has weaknesses, but you want to show that you're improving on those weaknesses, show that you're a good fit for their team. I'm sure they're looking at how you're going to fit in. And you want to act the right way, make sure you just fit in real well with the team and prove that to them. BM: And is there anything you tried to work on specifically for today? LB: I've been trying to get in really good shape for all the workouts. You know, it's a long process. It's about 3 weeks to a month of constant workouts and travelling. So you want to be in the best shape as you can. And that's what I try to do, just be in the best possible shape. BM: What about the Nevada program made you think this would give you the best opportunity to play in the NBA? LB: When I made my decision, it wasn't just "what's the best school to get me into the NBA". Nevada is a successful college program and had been in the NCAA tournament a lot when I was being recruited. They also did have some NBA players that came out: Javale McGee, Ramon Sessions, Kirk Snyder. So that was a thing, that they could produce NBA players. So that made me want to go there. BM: Is there any connection between the university and the old players? Do they come back in when they're around? LB: Yeah. They do. Ramon Sessions is a great basketball player but he's a great person too. He comes back and supports the program still. Javale McGee is doing the same. Nick Fazekas played a little bit for the Clippers. He comes back a little bit. So it's a great program for its size. To be a mid major and still have the NBA talent that other mid majors don't have. BM: Do you keep in contact with them? Is there anything they've told you about this draft process that you have tried to employ. LB: Yeah, you hear things all the time about the draft process, about how long it is. The one thing I was always told that you're not going to have your best workout at every place. It is such a long process. I think I'll have ten to twelve total workouts. It's impossible to do your best and feel your best at everyone. Just try to keep doing the best that you can, keep pushing through and that month will go by pretty fast till June 24th. BM: Great. So I noticed that you're a pretty quiet player on the court. Is there anything about that you try to do? LB: Like you said I'm pretty quiet. I think it's more that I'm just focused, you know? I don't show many expressions or I don't get too animated. I just, I'm focused like in a game situation. It's all about the next play or getting a win so I don't think about the crowd or whatever. I just try to focus on the game. BM: Seems like a pretty good advantage, that steadfast mentality. LB: Yeah, it works for me. BM: You grew up playing tennis and golf. Do you think playing individual sports impacted your play? LB: Let me clear that up. I'm not a good golfer. Those are things that I kind of do for fun. Tennis is something that my mom always did. So I play a little bit. It's just a good, fun sport that I can play. And golf is… a frustrating sport. But it's relaxing if you treat it the right way. A nice day off from basketball and hit the links. It's cool. BM: All right. So a lot of people haven't heard your name because you went to, not a small program, but it's not one of the more famous programs. You've seen your draft stock climb. What do you think people are finding out about you that they didn't know before? LB: The scouts watched me at Nevada. They saw what kind of year I had, it was a good year. And then at the combine, I put up good numbers there. And a lot of people weren't expecting that, you know? It was something that I always knew I could do, but I think it might have surprised some people. I think that more and more people, like you said I was at a smaller school... (shrugs). But I've been getting good feedback the whole time, even when I was in college. My stocks just been all positive for a while. BM: Are there any NBA players, past or present, that you're trying to learn specific things from? LB: I like watching tons of different players to take things from them. You know, guys like Paul Pierce or European players. I love watching European players. They're just so skilled. Guys like Manu Ginobili, or guys like that that have a really high skill level. That's one thing I always try to do, watch guys like that. Then I try to work on my athleticism and try to implement that more and more into my game every year. And I've done that so… it's not just one player, it's everybody that I try to take bits and pieces from in the NBA. BM: You are an Academic All American. A pretty big deal because there weren't that many Academic All Americans at Nevada in Basketball. How do you think that helps you? LB: That's one thing my parents always stressed to me, to do well in school. And it carries over to the basketball court. Being a smart student or whatever, working hard in school. Pretty similar to basketball, I work hard. People say I'm a pretty smart basketball player. BM: Well you were living close to home, so you're parents probably weren't letting you get away with too much with the homework. LB: I guess you could say that. They weren't calling me up at night telling me to write a paper or anything, you know? But I owe them a lot of credit for being a good student. BM: Do you have any plans for the NBA Draft? Are you going to go to New York? LB: I don't know yet. It's still like two weeks away so I'm not sure. BM: Pleasure being here with Luke Babbitt. Luke, best of luck. LB: Thanks.

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