Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe Press Conference

Andy Roeser
“We like both of these players very much and we think they’re both going to be important parts of our team going forward. Things couldn’t have worked out better for us in the draft. For months our basketball staff told us repeatedly these two players would be good for us to have. We’re very fortunate to have them on our team. The energy with which they play and the competitive nature of these two individuals are two traits that were very attractive to us in addition to their skills on the court.”

Neil Olshey
“I couldn’t be more excited. We filled an amazing need with Farouq by adding one of the best young wing players in college basketball. He had an incredibly productive career at Wake Forest at both the three and four positions. He was on a team that was number one in the nation just a year and a half ago and that team produced three NBA players; Jeff Teague, James Johnson and now Farouq.”

Neil Olshey
“I want to commend Eric for having the toughness and mental approach to walk into a situation at the University of Kentucky where the roster had the presumptive number one pick in the draft last year. He competed out of position and did as much for that team to win game as anyone else on the roster and we look forward to that competitive spirit on the practice floor and in games for us next year.”

Al-Farouq Aminu
“I’m happy to be here and happy to be in this city. I look forward to starting working out and I’m happy that the Clippers gave me the opportunity to play basketball at the highest level.”

Eric Bledsoe
“I’m glad to be here. I’ve played on a team with five first round draft picks. Being here feels great and I want to thank everyone who made the trade possible to bring me here. I’m looking forward to coming here and putting this practice facility to good use.”

Al Farouq-Aminu
Re: Feelings on how the draft went “While the draft was going on I got excited after Detroit picked and the Clippers were on the table and I got excited about the opportunity to come here. “

Eric Bledsoe
Re: Feelings on how the draft went
“I was getting nervous. People were saying that I was going to slip into the second round. I really wanted to come to L.A. anyways because of the great city and the great fans.”

Eric Bledsoe
Going to Kentucky
“I knew what I was getting into when I signed with Kentucky. John Wall is a terrific ball player but I knew what I was getting into when I signed my letter of intent. I was able to learn how to play off the ball and it was a big adjustment but it helped me out a lot.”

Eric Bledsoe
Position he prefers to play
“I prefer to play the point guard position. I like to press the ball so I like to play the point. I can’t wait to learn from Baron Davis.”

Al-Farouq Aminu
What attracted him the most about the Clippers
“I started looking at their roster and saw how I could fit in. I liked everyone from the organization when I came out here to workout. I started seeing how good of an opportunity it was for me to be a part of this team.”

Neil Olshey
Al-Farouq’s rebounding ability
“Anyone that has followed us for the past few years knows that (rebounding) was one of the weaker parts of our game. It kept us out of the open floor because we didn’t have the three’s to take it off the glass and push the ball. We’ve been disguising two’s as three’s the past few years but now we have a prototypical three to stretch the floor. His length and motor and his ability to get the ball off the glass, especially on the offensive end is big for us. He averaged almost four and a half offensive rebounds a game which makes the ability to get easy buckets off of energy type points huge for us. His activity level and ability to fill the lane and finish above the rim is a huge asset for us. We now have a prototypical three man and at some point we’re going to have one of the most athletic front courts in the league with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.”

Neil Olshey
Thoughts behind drafting Willie Warren
“We wanted to get Willie because we had him on our board as a lottery pick back in October. We know what kind of player Willie was when he played with Blake Griffin. It had nothing to do with Blake being on our roster, we thought we took the best player available. He can knock down shots, handle the ball and he can get to the free throw line. If we get the Willie Warren we want, the Willie Warren from his freshman year, we got a hell of a steal at 54.”

Al-Farouq Aminu
Advice from players from their schools
“I talk to my former teammate James Johnson and he tells me to work hard every day. He told me to stay motivated and work hard.”

Eric Bledsoe
Advice from players from their schools
“I talk to Tony Delk a lot. I talk to him every day. He just tells me to come in and work harder than everyone else on the court and that will help me a lot.”

Eric Bledsoe
Awareness of Baron Davis
“I like Baron’s toughness. He goes out every night and just plays. It doesn’t matter who he goes up against. He still goes out and performs every game. I’m looking forward to playing with him and learning from him.”