Alexandre Sarr & Reed Sheppard On ‘Podcast P With Paul George’


Alexandre Sarr and Reed Sheppard look forward to rookie seasons plus discuss Wemby, Giannis, Coach Cal, and extra on “Podcast P with Paul George”.

We share this week’s episode of “Podcast P with Paul George”, offered by Wave Sports activities + Leisure, the place PG and the fellows are joined by projected top-3 NBA draft prospects Alexandre Sarr and Reed Sheppard.

The episode opens with PG and the fellows sitting down with Alex Sarr to debate his profession journey going from leaving dwelling at 14-years-old to play professionally in Europe with Actual Madrid.

Sarr displays on the challenges of transferring to a brand new nation the place he didn’t converse the language and the assist he acquired from his teammates and coaches.

He additionally emphasizes the excessive stage of participant improvement in Europe, notably in weightlifting and staff practices, in comparison with the person abilities focus in america.

Later, Sarr discusses his admiration for NBA gamers like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis, how he incorporates their strikes into his personal sport and his want to make a major influence in his rookie season, drawing inspiration from Victor Wembanyama’s success.

Subsequent, Reed Sheppard joins the present to debate his expertise taking part in at Kentucky beneath Coach Cal for his remaining season, and his stunning mix exhibiting the place he led the category with a 42-inch vertical bounce.

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6:58 – SARR ON LEAVING HOME AT 14-YEARS-OLD TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY WITH THE REAL MADRID JUNIORS

DALLAS:Actual Madrid is among the finest European basketball applications on the market and you’ve got some NBA superstars like Luka [Dončić] and another NBA guys, however at 14 [years old] you began your journey to [a] skilled basketball profession there. What was that like turning into an expert at 14 years previous? What was probably the most troublesome problem you had at such a younger age and getting into that skilled stage?

SARR:Yeah, I imply clearly simply residing [at] dwelling if you’re that younger, it’s powerful. I’m in a foreign country, individuals don’t converse my language, so you bought to get used to all this, however after a couple of weeks you bought teammates round you, you bought lots of people, your coaches and also you understand it’s actual now and I started working in direction of my desires.

PG:I imply it needed to be useful having your dad in your nook, your older brother in your nook going by means of that interval. Did you lean on him for any assist by means of that course of?

SARR:Yeah, I imply I nonetheless lean on my brother lots, however yeah, most undoubtedly. I used to be speaking to him lots.

PG:Did he take an analogous route?

SARR:Yeah, he left when he was 15, so he knew what was happening.

  • 8:53 – PG SAYS EUROPEAN PLAYERS ARE NBA-READY AT AN EARLIER AGE THAN AMERICANS

PG:We doing all of it unsuitable [in the US]. You take a look at Victor, take a look at Luka, your self developing, y’all NBA-ready at such an early age the place it takes us just a little bit time for that improvement curve to achieve in the end the place we grow to be our stars and our superstars. You guys appear to hit that peak lots sooner, so yeah, there’s one thing we received to do.

  • 11:12 – THE GUYS DISCUSS HOW EUROPEAN PLAYERS ARE MORE PREPARED TO ENTER THE LEAGUE WHEN COMPARED TO AMERICAN PLAYERS

SARR:Yeah, I really feel like participant improvement there’s actually high-level like weightlifting. I believe I received larger and stronger generally. After which simply abilities work. It’s one thing that wasn’t like this at Actual Madrid. That’s the distinction between Europe and America too, right here you’re going to work in your abilities as in Actual Madrid you’re going to do a number of staff practices, however you’re probably not going to get, I’ll say the next stage of abilities. However at OTs, one thing that we actually labored on lots day by day, getting a number of photographs, ball dealing with, all that stuff that I wasn’t doing that a lot again in Spain.

  • 20:34 – SARR ON THE CURRENT PLAYERS HE WANTS TO EMULATE

DALLAS:Alex, what are some NBA gamers that you simply get pleasure from watching now and do you could have any particular strikes or issues about these particular person gamers in at the moment’s NBA that you simply’re making an attempt to emulate into your individual?

SARR:For certain. I imply, I like watching Giannis [Antetokounmpo], KD [Kevin Durant], AD [Anthony Davis] too. That’s extra of my place guys. I imply after all, I watch guards, however on the finish of the day you will get just a little strikes from the guards, however I can’t actually go on the market and do the crosses he be doing, you bought to stay to your sport. If I simply choose what Giannis does in transition, simply the bumps right into a one, two and end robust on the rim, that’s a transfer I believe if you’re lengthy and athletic, it will probably actually show you how to.

  • 25:28 – SARR SAYS HE WANTS TO MAKE AS MUCH OF AN IMPACT AS WEMBY MADE HIS ROOKIE YEAR

PG:We would like discuss in regards to the different Frenchmen being Victor Wembanyama who had a stellar rookie season profitable rookie of the yr and first staff all defensive staff. Whenever you take a look at gamers like Wemby and the influence he had on his first yr, do you sort of see your self making that influence as effectively in your rookie marketing campaign?

SARR:Yeah, I imply clearly I need to make as a lot influence because it did within the league. I believe what he did this yr, he made the expectation that we’re giving to him and it’s actually inspiring. He makes me take into consideration a nationwide staff two, three years from now and it’s thrilling.

  • 42:59 – REED EXPLAINS HIS NBA COMBINE 42-INCH VERTICAL JUMP

DALLAS:So in the course of the NBA mix, you recorded one of many high max vertical leaps at 42 inches and I don’t know many white guys which have a vertical leap of 42 inches, however I’m just a little confused since you stated that you simply didn’t anticipate it. So why had been you stunned? Did you not know that you simply had bounce? Stroll me by means of that.

REED:I do know I can bounce, however I didn’t know I used to be going to have the best vertical within the NBA draft, however I received to provide a number of credit score to my I man Ryan, at Proactive, he sort of helped us out with just a little arm trick. So I used to be capable of get a pair extra inches, but it surely was all enjoyable and I did, I seemed up on the board and once I noticed 42 [inches] it sort of made me snicker as a result of I wasn’t anticipating it and I do know nobody else was anticipating it, so it was a humorous time.

  • 49:18 – REED ON BEING RECRUITED BY COACH CAL “THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD”

DALLAS:And Reed, as you already know, Coach Cal only in the near past left the College of Kentucky and is heading over to Arkansas, however we at all times hear these tales of what an amazing recruiter that Coach Cal is. Do you could have any good, perhaps humorous tales about how Coach Cal recruited you to Kentucky?

REED:I’ve at all times stated Coach Cal’s the best salesman on this planet. Listening to a number of the stuff that the opposite individuals say. For me it was a no brainer for me. I’m from Kentucky, I reside an hour from Lexington, so he didn’t need to do a lot persuading for me. As quickly as he supplied I used to be all in. However even there [were] instances within the season simply stuff he would say to anybody, it doesn’t matter. And now you’ll be able to inform he went to Arkansas such as you simply stated, he received all his guys he needed. That’s loopy. Going from Kentucky to Arkansas and all of your guys being dedicated already and taking ’em with you, that simply reveals how good of a coach and the way good of a recruiter that he actually is.

  • 57:33 – PG’s ADVICE FOR HOW ROOKIES CAN INTEGRATE THEMSELVES INTO THEIR NEW TEAMS

REED:Going into no matter staff drafts me, going into the primary week of observe or no matter it’s – what recommendation would you give to getting your self [integrated] into the staff? And as an alternative of simply being the rookie that’s staying out of it…

PG:I really like that query. I believe, and I inform the rookies this since you received veterans that will likely be on the staff, however they’re snug being on the staff and so they don’t need any components of the observe, any components of the exercises, any components of the drills, you’ll see veterans on groups which might be tremendous being the fifteenth, 14th man on the staff, I used to inform the rookies this on a regular basis. You get into drills, you get into the second unit till a veteran say, ‘yo younger fella,’ till they pull you out. You recognize what I imply? Don’t essentially assume since you’re a rookie, it’s important to be behind veterans or it’s important to be the third string or it’s important to be within the third unit. Power your method into these drills.

You could be a chief as a rookie. You may nonetheless have that constructive impact being the youngest participant on the staff. That was sort of how I pursued my rookie season. I needed to be in each drill. I needed to win each drill. I confirmed up early for observe, I stayed late. I requested questions. I received snug with the veterans. I needed them to be snug round me as a result of I used to be the youngest… However what I did most was I wasn’t afraid to ask questions. I wasn’t afraid to sort of keep after and hold with them and sort of simply present that I need to do no matter I can to make this staff profitable as I can. So I believe simply choosing up on these issues, you being some extent guard, I believe naturally is your calling to be a connector. And so simply embrace that and personal that. And like I stated, simply don’t be afraid to be a frontrunner.

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