Nuggets.com Q&A: Kenneth Faried
As a senior out of Morehead State, Kenneth Faried is a very physical and hardworking prospect. He possesses a very high motor, plays with physicality and has outstanding rebounding skills.
He averaged 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds as a senior last season, tops in the nation. In the process, he surpassed Tim Duncan to become the all-time modern-era NCAA career rebounding leader. He was an AP Third Team All-American his senior year and he helped lead Morehead St to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In the NCAA Tournament, Faried and 13th-seeded Morehead St upset the No. 4 seed Louisville Cardinals at the Pepsi Center. Faried had 12 points and 17 rebounds as the Eagles won 62-61.
His work ethic has led to early comparisons of Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman, whom Faried hopes to model his game after.
After putting on his display of hustle, rebounding, and defense to the coaching staff and upper management of the Nuggets on June 8, Faried sat down with Nuggets.com to answer a few questions.
Q: How does it feel to be back in Denver and at the Pepsi Center for the first time since advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament?
A: It is a great feeling. It brings back great memories from my time at Morehead St. It brings back great memories of my teammates, which are my brothers and my coaches. It was a great feeling overall.
Q: What is it like playing here at elevation versus playing in another state?
A:This one gets you tired quicker and you definitely get cotton mouth easier, even just talking you get cotton mouth quicker. You just have to stay focused and remain steady and be ready for anything pretty much.
Q: A lot of scouts know about your hustle and rebounding, what else are you trying to prove to them?
A: That I am strong enough and big enough to play down low. Everybody says I am small, too short, or not strong enough. I just want to prove that I am able to do that, and I'm not going to back down no matter how much taller or more athletic a player is. I am going to do the little things like boxing out and just going and grabbing every rebound I can whether it’s on offense or defense.
Q: What are your strengths as a player?
A:Well I know how to work hard. I always play as hard as I can and that is an advantage for me, because some guys don’t do that all the time. I know my rebounding is a big part. I also think a strength of mine is doing all the dirty work no one wants to do. I don’t have a problem getting physical, boxing out and grabbing a loose ball. I think coaches know that about me and it is something everyone wants on their team.
Q: How is this workout different than other workouts you have done so far?
A: It is a lot more up and down. A lot of back and forth, and with the altitude it was making me tired a little quicker. I just remained focused and kept my drive going. It didn’t affect me but at the same time it did.
Q: It’s rare these days to see a high draft prospect spend all four years in college, what benefits do you think you got by staying all four years at Morehead St.?
A: I can play right away, I can come in and play on the team right away and know what to expect. I didn’t get the luxury of going to college for one year and just not really practice that hard. I know you have to practice hard every day, if you do that it translates into the games. I know the little things you have to do to win, and I know how to win. You get to bond with your teammates, so that is my advantage for me especially with guys I have been with four years and some three years.