CSKA second year player Will Clyburn spoke exclusively to The Sports Rabbi about his development as a player, his preparation for the new season and the desire to go all the way after falling in the semifinals of last year’s Final 4:
How do you feel your game has improved over the past couple of seasons?
“I feel like that’s what is supposed to happen. It’s supposed to be better every year and I should never stay the same in this profession. It’s kind of what I expected as far as my game is to get better every year.”
How was the preparation for this season’s Euroleague campaign now that you are going into your second season?
“Preparation is the same every summer, work on things I can get better at and work on things that I’m good at as well. Just doing the little things to take care of your body. It’s a long season and you have to fix the little nicks and knacks that you sustain during the year.”
How will last season’s semifinal loss influence your desire to win the Euroleague this season?
“It’s still lingering out there and I’m sure that I’m not the only one. The goal is still the same as is the motivation which is to get to the Euroleague Final 4 and try to bring home the title. The motivation will always be the same when it comes to that.”
Scottie Wilbekin looked ahead to CSKA and playing in front of the home fans:
“I know that there will be a good environment and that’s what it’s all about. We have to prepare the same way as we do for every other team.
“That was a problem for us in the Panathinaikos game and we’ve been trying to fix it.”
Being the only point guard against Sergio Rodriguez and Nando de Colo:
“I’m not the only point guard as we have John DiBartolomeo, but we are missing Jeremy Pargo and we have to line up with who we have.”
Keys against CSKA:
“We have to get back in transition and init turnovers because that’s when they can get open in the break. That’s where they can get separation. We have to take care of the ball.”
Angelo Caloiaro about CSKA:
“They are tough and we will have to play together and fight all 40 minutes. If someone goes down, the next man has got to step up. We have to continue and we can’t just stop. I think we have that spirit as a team and we will try our best.”