Terry Rozier is trying to improve his draft stock at the NBA Combine. During Thursday’s scrimmage, he had 13 points on 5-9 shooting, two assists, two steals, and one turnover. He met with the media afterwards for a little Q&A session. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal was there and here is how it went.
How do you feel about your workout today?
It was pretty good. I just wanted to start the day off … Got some shots up in front a lot of GMs and coaches. It felt good to get my motor back on and start it back up. I had fun.
I know it was a big concern of yours to work on the loft and arc of your shot. Does it feel like that work is paying off?
Yeah, I’m confident, man. Confidence is a big percentage of your shot, and I’m feeling real confident. Everything’s going well. I’m not trying to be satisfied. I’m just going to keep working at it and keep improving, but it feels good and I’m confident, and that’s the important thing.
What has this experience been like so far?
It’s been amazing. You go for the last couple years, me looking at it, and I’m here. It’s just nice for me to put on that jersey. It feels good. I still haven’t taken it all in yet.
Have you met with the Boston Celtics yet?
Yes, that was my first interview I had today. It was nice.
What kinds of things did they ask you? What did you talk about?
They just asked me what kind of person I am, what do I feel I bring to the table … They said they like me a lot and think very highly of me. It was a good meeting. It was a good interview.
What do you bring to the table that’s different than other guys?
A winning attitude. I come in and give 100 percent every day. I come in with the same attitude every day. That’s just to fight and just come out as a winner. I want to be first in everything. That’s just me.
What do you say to the people who question whether you can play point guard?
I laugh. I’ve been playing point guard all my life. I’m a guy who can play on the ball and off the ball. I look at it as a versatility thing. I just know what I can do. I’m looking forward to showing that.
What type of feedback are you getting from the teams you’ve met with?
Not much feedback yet. They want to just — a lot of teams are calling me for workouts, a lot of them are set up for me. I told them I’m looking to show them how well I can shoot it, how much improvement I’ve made on my jump shot. I’m looking to communicate and talk a lot. Those are the two things I mainly worked on.
Do you think your role at Louisville — you were kind of asked to score a lot — do you think that makes people question if you can play the point because you played the two?
Yeah, it was a sacrifice I made for my team. It was a great year. I enjoyed my year with those guys. When Chris went down, there was a lot of doubt. We came together and it was a lot of fun. It was probably the most memorable time I had at Louisville. I was asked to score the ball. The ball was put in my hands a lot. Sometimes I would score the last 17 points of the game and sometimes I would press too much and come up short, but I always stayed aggressive and I tried to help my team. A lot of people may take that and say I can’t play the one, but there’s no doubt in my mind I can play the one.