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September 16, 2013Standing outside the University of Kansas men's locker room on Monday afternoon, Andrew White talked to a select group of reporters about the first day of boot camp. Jayhawk Slant was on hand and has the latest from Lawrence.
Jayhawk Slant: Andrew, your a guy who came in last year and was expected to play and contribute right away, but you had to go through some growing pains. What did you learn about yourself last year, and how difficult was it?
Andrew White: It was very difficult. I applied myself every day and trird to progress as fast as I could. Even though I was frustrated, I just tried to stick with the team concept, and having that experience is something I'll look to use as a major advantage this year.
JS: Did transferring ever cross your mind? Did you ever think about leaving or did you talk to your parents about it (possibly leaving Kansas)?
AW: No, I never talked to my parents about transferring. I felt like, even last year, this is a place I could have contributed and this is a place I can contribute this year, so I never had any transfer talks. I have a lot of confidence in my game and I think, eventually, I'll be where I need to be so that I can play. This year, hopefully, will be the year.
Media: What's it like getting started with boot camp?
AW: The first day of boot camp went well all the way around. Everybody on the team worked hard, everybody finished and nobody threw up, so it was a real good experience. Me, individually, I felt good and felt like my wind was pretty good and got the running knocked out. I'm looking forward to day two. It's just one week, so anything is better than two weeks.
Media: Do you like the idea of this? Are you used to it after last year?
AW: I like the idea of it (boot camp) because, a lot of times when we're in tough games, I just think about those sprints and things we had to do in boot camp. Coach Self does it for a reason. I think when everybody finishes, everybody takes pride in having so much adversity, you know, together as a team. I think that's what really brings a lot of guys together. There was so much communication going on today at boot camp -- just to make sure everybody was getting through at the pace we needed to have it done.
Media: How were the freshmen today and how did they react to their first boot camp?
AW: The freshmen did well. Like I said, everybody finished and everybody was up to pace, so I think they did really well today. We didn't have to do much extra, so that's always good for the first day.