Press conference recap: Martin previews Longwood

dcloninger@thestate.comNovember 5, 2013 

Frank Martin spoke on Tuesday to preview USC's season-opener against Longwood.

* Martin liked and didn't like some things about the exhibition, as is usual for any game. "I’m happy with some of the things we’re doing offensively. Young guys, for the most part, are trying to do what we’re asking them to do. I'm more pleased with the freshmen than the upperclassmen."

* He liked the team's spacing and up-tempo offense, and its aggressiveness. There was a lot to like despite it being so early in the season.

* It's very tough to scout Longwood. The Lancers have a first-year coach in Jayson Gee, and despite having some tape to scout returning personnel, it's hard to get a feel for how Gee's style will fit in.

* The big lineups (the exhibition had Chatkevicius, Carrera and Henry starting) could continue. Martin likes to play as big as possible, with the right mix of skill and athleticism. Why Brenton Williams could continue to come off the bench.

* The 55 fouls were the result of the rules. The officials weren't whistle-happy. "When they called fouls, they were fouls. That’s on us." Martin said the team didn't play disciplined in the second half, which led to frustration and panic, and thus the fouls.

* Freshman Reggie Theus Jr. only played two minutes the other night, but it's not a knock on him. He didn't have the prep in Columbia that the others had due to a later high school graduation. His mere minutes aren't a knock on him, but a credit to the others. "He’s way closer to getting an opportunity to play than he was a month ago."

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