Did anyone catch the weekly radio show last night? Steve Jones had a great interview with Jeff Brooks. Obviously, Jeff has completely turned things around on the court this year, but it sounds like he has just had a complete attitude adjustment overall. Among the things he said:
He is enjoying his classes more this year (Communications major)
He HATED the weight room in his first two years, but has really enjoyed it this year, and is looking forward to adding more strength and bulk in the future.
He was putting a lot of pressure on himself the first two years to do everything perfectly, but when he made a mistake or something, he would let it get to him and affect him for the rest of the game.
Steve noted that he is more pleasant to be around this year, and seems to be having a lot more fun. Jeff said he has learned to let things go more this year, rather than focusing on the negatives, and he is having more fun as a result.
ED also noted Jeff’s improvement in attitude this year, and said he has matured a lot. He also said he thinks sometimes about how great it would have been if he could have redshirted Jeff his freshman year (something I’ve thought about myself), but he didn’t have that luxury. He and Jeff both noted that Jeff arrived at PSU with very little knowlege about how to play defense - basically, in high school Jeff played in the middle of a 2-3 zone and his only responsibility was to roam the middle and try to block shots.
ED also mentioned the teams lack of leadership this year - at least vocal leadership. He said DJ has been by far the most vocal person on the court, especially on the defensive end, trying to align everyone properly, etc…
Anyway, just want to point out some of the topics for those that didn’t catch it. Most of us have noticed Jeff’s improvement on the court this year, but it was cool to hear how well things are going off the court as well.