In today's media opportunity with Reed Sheppard, a true Kentuckian since birth, the freshman guard stayed true to himself and spoke fondly about his relationship with his parents, Jeff and Stacey, both Kentucky basketball greats. Along with the parent talk he's heard since his days of learning the game of basketball, Sheppard also talked a little Canada with us.
When Sheppard was asked about the competition the Kentucky team is expected to face in their trip to Canada, the Laurel County kid stated they're playing a slate of really good teams, but also brought up that the most important lesson in the trip will be building relationships with the team, as well as chemistry. "At the end of the day, the biggest takeaway is going to be like, how we play with each other, how we can continue to learn with each other, how coach coaches, and just like the relationships. On and off the court will be a big deal, and just hanging out with each other and having fun."
Sheppard went on to say that he realizes the position he is in is hard, and pertaining to a question asking about expectations from the fanbase, he brought up the key to living up to those expectations is to 'just have fun'. "Thats the best part about it. You just have to come in and fight every day and continue to compete for everything that you do and the biggest thing is to just have fun and enjoy it all."
The biggest kick of the day was when I asked Reed what it was like growing up with role models such as Jeff and Stacey and how they molded him into the position he's in today. "They gave me a lot of advice, a lot of good advice, a lot of bad advice." After an audible laugh from the media, Sheppard quickly regrouped. "Whether that is what I don't need to do and stuff. It's hard to listen to them sometimes, but at the end of the day they love you and what they tell you is correct. You don't want to hear it all the time but at the end of the day, like I said, they're always right. They're always your parents and they just want what's best for you. To be able to have them beside me and kind of guide me through this whole process was really, really neat."
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