So far, Will Hudson is saying all the right things as he finds his niche with the NZ Breakers for the coming season.
That's a good sign, because if the hum around the Australian NBL champions holds true, his role within the roster will be a delicate one.
With Kiwi centre Alex Pledger tagged for more court-time and possibly a starting spot, American Gary Wilkinson - a key component in consecutive titles - was no longer the best fit and the Breakers needed to find an import prepared to play more of a complementary role.
Hudson seems like their man, although exactly what that role entails is still a work in progress. Maybe he starts, but gets less minutes - maybe he comes off the bench.
"It's the same for everyone," explains coach Andrej Lemanis. "It's up to the coaching staff to get the best out of the team, whatever that combination means.
"A lot of people put too much on starting roles, but it's more about how you get the most out of your 10 players over 40 minutes."
The 2.05m American - nicknamed "Will the Thrill" during his college days at University of Oakland - is laid back about the situation. At 23, he's two years younger than Pledger and has no pretensions to being "the man".
Many imports would struggle with the idea of taking a back seat to a local player.
"I guess I'm not your typical import," grins Hudson. "It is what it is - if that's what gives us the best chance to win, I'm there for that."
Hudson offers a very different skill set to Wilkinson, who led Breakers in scoring with 16.6 points and shot 40.9% from the three-point arc. By contrast, Hudson averaged just 9.5 points for Gold Coast Blaze, attempted just two treys all season - missing both - but ranked right behind Mika Vukona in rebounding (6.0) and fourth overall in offensive boards (3.4).
"He's a pretty different player to Gary," assesses Pledger. "I prefer banging against people in the paint rather than taking them out by the three-point line, so we match up with each other pretty well [at practice] and there's quite a battle out there.
"There were times when Gary and I were on the court a little bit last year, but there might be more of those times, because Will can do some things that Mika and Dillon [Boucher] can do, and Gary probably wasn't so good at.
"There might be times when we're on the court at the same time and I'm just looking forward to that centre tandem hopefully being as good as last year's one."
Lemanis admits Hudson was on his radar even before the Blaze folded over the winter and after Wilkinson decided to chase his fortunes elsewhere, currently in Puerto Rica.
"We like his ability to rebound and his ability to run the floor. He plays hard every second of every possession and those are certainly Breaker traits.
"We appreciate what he's able to do as far as helping make his team-mates better, and like the fact that he wants to win and sacrifice to do what it takes to win.
"Everyone's their own individual and everyone's their own player," says Lemanis. "We certainly don't expect him to be Gary and we don't want him to be Gary."
If his nickname is any indication, he will bring the same or similar emotion as Wilkinson provided with his chest-thumping celebrations and exhorting the home crowd to get behind their team.
"I'm just happy to be here and happy to be playing with this team," says Hudson. "I could be in a million other situations right now, so I'm just thankful I have this opportunity to play for a championship-calibre team.
"It's a real classy professional team - they've got that demeanour to go and get wins. They expect to win."