Cassius Stanley Video Conference Quotes

Cassius Stanley | Photo: Chris Summerville

On what he will tell NBA organizations that he can bring to their team:
“I’m just going to sell that I’m a winner. Everywhere I go, I win. I want to show them that I can play both positions –combo-guard. I’m very athletic, I can make my shots and I can play defense with the best of them. I just want to be the best player in the league and just be the best player I can be, so that’s my pitch, and just let them know that I’m in it to be the best and win games.”

On how playing at Duke prepared him for the next level:
“I think it prepared me a lot. Coming to Duke and coming to Durham was great and being with Coach K is great preparation, too, because the way he runs everything is professional from top to bottom. It’s just high level. He really holds us accountable and really treats us like pro’s before pro’s, and so I think that’s definitely one of the biggest things that I’m going to take on is accountability.”

On what he expects from his teammates who may be returning to Duke next season:
“I think they’re all going to thrive. Individually, Joey [Baker], he’s going to be much better and I have the most confidence in Joey. I’ve known him the longest out of all of everybody. I think he’s going to do great things. I think Jordan [Goldwire] is going to be a great leader for the team being a senior. This year, he was a great leader, helping us freshmen out. I think he was one of the people who definitely helped my transition in the summer to the regular season, and he’s going to be a great leader. I think Wendell [Moore Jr.] is going to bring a level of athleticism and skill to the perimeter that was shown this year. Because of injuries and things like that, there weren’t many chances to see it, but he did a good job this year and he’s going to do great this next year. Then Matt [Hurt] – I think Matt’s going to be a star. I think Matt is just going to explode because he knows exactly what he needs to do. I think he showed a lot of glimpses this year of what he can do. I’m all in on Matt. I talk to Matt a lot. We have three classes together, so I talk to him every day and he’s in the gym every day, so I’m very confident in that. The guys coming in – we got to play pickup with them when they came on their official visits and so I’ve seen a lot of them and I think it’s going to be a scary team because of the depth. I’m hearing good things about the grad-transfers committed now, so I’m really confident in the team next year.”

On if he talked to his teammates about his decision to declare for the draft:
“Yeah, I talked to some of my teammates and they kind of just said they understand and some of them were like ‘We expected it and we know you’re going to do great things.’ Like we said, it’s the Brotherhood and we’re actually brothers, so we’ve talked about it. Not just me – even when Tre [Jones] did it and if anyone else is going to do it. We’ve talked about everything. We talk about all kinds of things, so they were just great and they were saying ‘Do what you’ve got to do and we’ll always be here.”

On what he learned about his game this season:
“I think I just learned that I can adapt in all situations. I think that was one of the biggest things, because coming from the west coast, going across the country, you’ve got to adapt quickly, especially in this environment [that is] highly competitive. I think that was one of the biggest things I learned that I can adapt in any circumstance and any place, any area. I think that was one of the biggest things that I learned and took away, that I can quickly adapt to situations, and so I think I’m ready to make that next step.”

On what he will miss most about Duke outside of his teammates:
“I’d probably say the fans. Being from Los Angeles, the two main colleges are USC and UCLA. You have the Lakers, the Clippers, the Dodgers, the Kings – you have so many great sports teams in a big city that the fans aren’t as devoted. … So, I think the fans are the people I’m going to miss the most because they’re just so invested. They brought it every game. They brought the energy and they definitely made the transition for me, being from the west coast, to here very easy because they were just so nice. They welcomed me immediately and I thank them a lot.”

On if he would be confident in his status as a prospect if he didn’t get to work out for teams prior to the draft:
“It would be great to work out and get face to face with a lot of the teams, but obviously we don’t know what’s going to happen with this pandemic. Talking to Coach K, one of the biggest things he said was we weren’t hidden. Every game was on ESPN, and so I think that was a great thing and I’m very confident in the way I played. If things don’t work out, I would be very confident in my tape speaking for itself.”

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