FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas men’s basketball coach John Pelphrey welcomed members of the press to a media day on Friday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena prior to their daily practice session.
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., Pelphrey answered questions for just over 20 minutes before the media gathered on the floor of Bud Walton Arena to speak to the players. Interviews and the photos with the players continued for an hour before the team shot a photo together and began practice.
During his time with the press, Pelphrey covered a variety of topics from style of play to the status of several players. He also spent several minutes talking about the depth that the Razorbacks have at guard.
"We have strength in numbers at the guard," Pelphrey said. "We want to keep our intensity high and force teams to play our game."
Individually, Pelphrey spoke about a couple of his returnees at the guard position.
"Julysses Nobles has played much better and has raised his level of play and picked up his speed. He has done very well on the court and some of our best days have been when he has been a vocal leader. Rotnei [Clarke] has practiced very well and with Jeff [Peterson] out he has had an opportunity to slide over and play some point. He really knows our system and where to be and has done a good job there."
Pelphrey also had very good things to say about Peterson, a transfer from Iowa who sat out the 2009-10 season because of NCAA transfer rules.
"Jeff’s strength is that he is a coach out on the floor," Pelphrey said. "He is a high energy player that hit 36-37 percent from the three-point line. We’ll have to wait and see what his greatest strength is, but he is a good defender and is able to create when guys get right up on him."
Arkansas’ practice session began with a series of drills before the Razorbacks began playing some five-on-five with most of the team available. The squad then began focusing on running offenses and defenses for the remainder of their session.