Creighton guard Marcus Foster joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Friday.
With the Bluejays set to open preseason practice, Foster discusses his excitement level for the season after sitting out last year as a transfer, playing with Maurice Watson, the depth of this team and more.
Read excerpts from the interview below and watch the full interview right here:
On his excitement level after sitting out last season:
I am so anxious right now. I'm just ready to get back on the court.
On the impact of offseason workouts:
Putting that work in the offseason definitely makes or breaks a team for their season. This summer, we really got after it. Our coaches didn't hold back on us this summer. That just made it better. With the preseason workouts right now, we've been looking real good, because of how much work we put in this summer. And the teammates I have around me, they love putting in extra work. I come to the gym, and I'll see three or four people in the gym working out extra on their own after we've already had our workout.
On what he missed about game days:
Just having that feel of being able to play. Going to the arena, hearing my heartbeat, all that stuff. I just missed it. And then having the crowd that we do at CenturyLink, it's amazing to play in front of that, so it makes me even more excited to play. Just sitting there watching it, I can't wait for it.
On his improvements since high school:
My decision-making. In high school, I had the worst decision-making, and in college, I've just got more patient. The coaches really work with me a lot on my ball-handling, because that's something I really need to work on. With my ball-handling improving so much, I'll be a way better player.
On playing fast:
Our main goal is to try and score within the first seven seconds of the shot clock, and we're gonna bring you out and spread you out, and knock down shots and feed our big men. We're definitely going to have our work cut out for us trying to keep up with Maurice (Watson), because he is so fast. But we're definitely going to get up and down the court and run a lot this year.
He is the perfect point guard. At times in practice, Coach will say, "Stop and listen to Maurice." And he'll just have a whole segment where he's helping us out. It's always good to have your point guard be able to lead you like that.
On Justin Patton:
Justin's looking better and better every single day. He's so hungry to get in the gym and work on his game. It's just made him into a very good player. It's kinda awkward. He's 7-foot, but he can really play the point guard for us. That's something special we'll be able to have with him trailing the full court, hitting 3's, being able to block shots and protect the rim. He's very athletic, so he'll go up and try and dunk on you at any time in the game. ... He tried to (block) me a few times, but it's so hard to get the shot over him. He's 7-foot and athletic. He was kinda skinny, but now he's put on some weight. It's definitely working good for him.
On the competition for playing time:
It's definitely going to be competitive. Guys are already thinking they want to play on this team, just because of the potential of how good we could be. Everybody wants a spot on this team. It's going to be better for us, because if anything does happen, and we need a spark, we can go to the bench and go to any guy, even if its the 12th man. That's going to be something good that can help us down the line.