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July 4, 2013
The Missouri basketball team has been back on campus working out for about three weeks now in preparation for the 2013-14 season. Over the next couple of weeks, PowerMizzou.com will speak with every scholarship member of the team. We continue our question and answer sessions with the Tigers today with freshman Torren Jones
PowerMizzou: How's the transition to college going?
Torren Jones: "It's going pretty well actually because last year I went to prep school, kind of on my own, live in the dorms, stuff like that, wake up on my own. Coming to college, living in the dorms was kind of an easy transition for me, it wasn't a big shock."
PM: Shane said the freshmen have gotten close because he's the only one with a car.
TJ: "Kind of got to stay close. All the freshmen kind of stay close because we're the only freshmen here. Kind of live in the same block, have the same classes, eat together all the time. Make sure we stay together and no one gets left out. It's a good deal."
PM: All the other new guys say the big thing they have to do is get in the weight room and get stronger. Looking at you, I'm not sure that's as big a deal for you as for some of them.
TJ: "I got to work on kind of expanding the game a little bit outside of the post, the jump shot, face-up game. I still got to get stronger because this is college, it's not high school anymore so I need to make sure I'm in the best shape for that. Other than that, that's kind of what I've been working on."
PM: Can you tell a difference even in practice in the level of basketball here from high school and prep school?
TJ: "Yeah, there's a lot less fouls called out here. Lot less foul calls. Kind of got to play through it. It's kind of a growing up process. I was expecting that coming to college. I wasn't expecting to be babied or anything like that, I was kind of expecting that to happen."
PM: Who are you looking at as a guy that kind of runs the show and leads this team?
TJ: "Right now, we've kind of got three of them. We have E.J., he's a big leader. We've got Jabari. I personally know Jabari from club ball. He was from the West Coast originally so me and him kind of, not grew up together, but kind of knew each other. Then you've got Jordan Clarkson. He's a cool, laid-back dude, but he'll keep you in line."
PM: It's been a while since you committed. Anything that has validated your choice and anything that has surprised you since you got here?
TJ: "Just how the coaches really care about you. I knew that, that was kind of one of the major reasons I came here. They've helped me out a lot since I've been here, just make sure if I was needing anything or wanting anything. I was kind of surprised at the weather out here. That's the only real big surprise to me. Kind of getting used to that, kind of getting used to the scenery. Being from Arizona, there's a lot of hills out here, trees, stuff like that, greenery. That's kind of different."
PM: Have you set goals for your first season yet or is that kind of off in the distance?
TJ: "I've set some goals. Just want to be the Freshman of the SEC. Just want to be one of the freshmen that people say, 'This freshman is outstanding. He works hard.' Stuff like that."