Category Archives: Basketball

1 on 1 With Brandon Alston

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’14-’15 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with freshman guard Brandon Alston. This Q&A should help Mountain Hawk fans get to know Brandon. Special thanks to the freshman guard from Virginia for sitting down to chat.

Q.) What is your earliest basketball memory?

A.) I played with a team out of Baltimore called Baltimore Panthers and we got second place in 10u AAU Nationals.

Q.) Where do your athletic genes come from?

A.) My dad was a two time all conference cornerback at VMI. My mom was a swimmer.

Q.) Can you talk about the decision to reclassify into the high school class of 2014 and commit to Lehigh?

A.) I decided to leave high school early and come to Lehigh because I felt that I was ready for something new. I had been to a few high schools and what I was looking for, I felt I could find at Lehigh.

Q.) What made you feel that you were ready for the college game a year earlier than originally planned?

A.) I never felt I wasn’t able to play with my original class from a talent standpoint, I actually thought I was under-rated originally. I decided to graduate because reclassifying started to hold me back instead of get me better.

Q.) Can you give Lehigh fans a self-scouting report on your game?

A.) I don’t have a specific scouting report for myself, but I like to think of myself as an aggressive player who can do many things on the court.

Q.) What NBA player best describes your style of play? LHN sees a little Paul Pierce.

A.) I have never modeled my game specifically after anybody else. Although Paul Pierce is one of the best players ever in my opinion, I would say my game more closely resembles James Harden. Paul Pierce often only finishes the break whereas James Harden likes to both start the break and finish. Also, James Harden likes to do more off the bounce.

Q.)What parts of your game have you spent the most time working on since the high school season ended?

A.) I always work the most on dribbling and shooting.

Q.) You got to campus well before the majority of your non-basketball playing classmates, as you enrolled in summer school to take a class and workout with other LU players and coaches, what was that experience like?

A.) It was great to get to know the campus well before the official year began. Also, I was able to get good grades in two classes to get me off to a good start.

Q.) How has it been getting to meet all your fellow classmates in Kahron and Tyler?

A.) All three of us have gotten along better than could be expected. We are all interested in pretty much the same stuff and are happy to be here.

Q.) What goals have you set for yourself in your first year?

A.) My main goal for this season is to win a Patriot League Championship and get to the NCAA tournament.

Q.) Can you tell us a little bit about Brandon off the court?

A.) I like to eat good food and watch Netflix.

Thanks for taking the time to chat Brandon. Best of luck this season.

1 on 1 with Georgios Pilitsis

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’13-’14 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with freshman guard Georgios Pilitsis. This Q&A should help Mountain Hawk fans get to know Georgios. Special thanks to the freshman guard from Greece for sitting down to chat.

Q.) What is your earliest basketball memory?

A.) My earliest basketball memory is making my first free throw shot. It was halftime of a men’s championship game and I just was just shooting around. When I made the shot, I looked at my father filled with amazement.

Q.) Where do the athletic genes come from?

A.) I cannot say I got any athletic genes from my family. My father played basketball only in high school, but I can say he was the one who introduced me to the sport as it was his passion.

Q.) I believe soccer is Greece’s national sport, but how did you get introduced to the game of basketball?

A.) Undoubtedly, soccer is the biggest sport in Greece. I used to play soccer for a couple of years, but then I switched to basketball. The success of the national basketball team (European champions in 2005) and my father’s passion about the sport influenced me to start playing basketball.

Q.) What were/are some of the basketball players from Greece that you’ve looked up to?

A.) As a point guard, my favorite players are Dimitris Diamantides and Vasilis Spanoulis. I also admire Theodoros Papaloukas for his court vision, play-making skills and leadership.

Q.) What was the experience like playing for your country as a part of their national team program?

A.) It was amazing. I was blessed to wear my National Team’s jersey, something I worked hard for over an extensive period of time. I cannot describe the feeling I had when I first heard Greece’s national anthem or when I heard my name called for the starting line-up. I am thankful for the opportunity given to me. Playing different national teams literally expanded my horizons and gave me a taste of international competition. Undeniably, it was one of the best experiences I ever had and I am looking forward to representing Greece in the future.

Q.) Was it always a dream of yours to come all the way from Thessaloniki, Greece to the United States to play college basketball?

A.) Absolutely. When I first visited the U.S. and had the opportunity to see a college campus, I immediately promised myself to work hard in order to get the opportunity to both study and play basketball in the U.S. United States is the only country in the world where someone can get a high quality education and play basketball at a very competitive level at the same time.

Q.) Lehigh has a pretty strong national reputation here in the US, but how did you ever hear about Lehigh from faraway Greece?

A.) Ms. Morgan Volkart, an admissions representative from Lehigh, visited my high school in Greece and thus, she presented Lehigh in a remarkable way and made me realize that Lehigh is the best place for me to flourish as an individual and at the same time, play basketball. Also, my high school’s counselor told me about Lehigh and its high quality academics.

Q.) How has the Lehigh family welcomed you to the team since your arrival on campus in August?

A.) As you said, we are not only a team, but a family. Everyone is so nice and approachable and the Lehigh Basketball family has treated me tremendously well. From the very first point when I met Coach Reed until today, everyone is helping me and I can now say that I have found my home away from home.

Q.) Can you give Lehigh fans a self scouting report on your game?

A.) I mostly play the point guard position, but I can also play shooting guard, as I like to shoot. I would say that I am a pass first point guard with descent court vision. I like to play defense, because I firmly believe that a good defense can lead to easy offence.

Q.) What “current” NBA player best describes your style of play?

A.) I cannot say that an NBA player describes my game at his point. I have to work really hard first in order to improve as a basketball player to be able to say that. However, I can say that I am working hard in order to adopt a Deron Williams style of play.

Q.) Tell us about yourself off the court?

A.) Well, I can say that I am a very relaxed person who likes to talk and have long discussions. I also value academics, so I can say that I study a lot when I am off the court. Also, I like to travel a lot and my dream is to travel all around the world in order to experience every culture and to broaden my horizons. Furthermore, I love my family and I am thankful to them for providing this opportunity to study in the U.S. and play basketball.

Thanks Georgios.
LHN

1 On 1 With Cole Renninger

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’13-’14 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with freshman guard Cole Renninger. This Q&A should help Mountain Hawk fans get to know Cole. Special thanks to Cole for sitting down to chat.

Q.) What is your earliest basketball memory?

A.) My first basketball memory of playing is dribbling around and shooting on my front porch on a tiny hoop when I was three or four years old.

Q.) Having excelled at both football and basketball in high school, where do your athletic genes come from?

A.) I think I got my athletic genes from my father. He played college football at Clarion University, and also was a Division I baseball prospect.

Q.) How and when did you make the decision to pursue basketball over football in college?

A.) I wasn’t sure. I had to really sit down and think about it. I chose basketball because I’ve had a love and a passion for the game longer than I have for football.

Q.) Why did you decide to come to Lehigh and was there one specific moment or event where everything clicked and made you realize that LU was where you were going to go to college?

A.) I came to the Lehigh-Bucknell game here last year. I really enjoyed the way the team played and was coached. The style of play fits my game and the academics are top tier here.

Q.) You had a phenomenal senior year, leading the state of PA in scoring, how do you think you remained “under the radar” for so long when it comes to the basketball recruiting scene?

A.) I think I remained under the radar because central Pennsylvania isn’t a big basketball place. I played for a good Quad A basketball team, but not a state powerhouse like State College or Williamsport.

Q.) Can you give a self-scouting report on your game for Lehigh fans?

A.) I like to get to the basket and distribute the ball.

Q.) What NBA player best describes your style of play?

A.) Manu Ginobili

Q.) What part of your game have you been working on the most since your Central Mountain season ended last spring?

A.) I have been working on my jump shot a lot.

Q.) You got to campus well before the majority of your non-basketball playing classmates, as you enrolled in summer school to take a class and workout with other LU players and coaches, what was that experience like?

A.) It was a great experience. It was good to get acclimated to the campus. It was nice to be able to focus on basketball without the pressures of a full school schedule. I loved being able to get to know the upperclassman and just learn from them every day at workouts and pickup.

Q.) How has it been getting to meet and get to know all of the other newcomers and classmates on the team?

A.) It’s been fun. There are so many of us, but we all get along pretty well. It’s refreshing to be around other people that work as hard as me and have such a passion for the game.

Q.) What goals have you set for yourself in your first season?

A.) I just want to continue to get better and compete every day at practice.

Q.) Tell us about Cole off the court?

A.) I’m a huge Survivor fan. I enjoy playing volleyball or just about any other sport or game. I like traveling to new places. My hobbies include listening to music, reading, animal watching and people watching.

LHN

1 on 1 With John Ross Glover

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’13-’14 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with forward John Ross Glover, a transfer from Lipscomb. While he has to sit out this season due to transfer rules, this Q&A should help Mountain Hawk fans get familiar with John Ross. Special thanks to John Ross for taking the time to chat!

Q.) What is your earliest basketball memory?

A.) Definitely the little tikes goal I got on Christmas day (which is also my birthday) when I was 5. Best day ever.

Q.) Where do the athletic genes come from?

A.) I would say my dad. He was a football player. Definitely not my mom (she’ll kill me for saying that). She was a cheerleader. Other than that, I have no idea. I don’t have the most athletic family. I’m unique!

Q.) Was it always a dream of yours to play college basketball?

A.) Yes. I recognized that my passion was this great game of basketball and I always wanted to play at the highest level.

Q.) What led to your decision to transfer to Lehigh from Lipscomb, where you played your freshman year?

A.) It was a combination of academics and basketball. Academically, I didn’t feel I was being challenged enough at Lipscomb. Classes were easy. Some may say that’s the goal! Well, I realized that I want an elite college degree that will open doors for me to go to an elite law school. Lehigh is a tremendous school that challenges its students in every way. Simply put, my former school would not have afforded me the maximum opportunities to be successful after basketball. Then there’s the basketball side of things. My team last year was driven by conflict and rifts between teammates. The culture was just no good and it resulted in lots of losses. I was proud of my personal performances in our games and the amount of hard work I devoted to getting better. However, the type of teammate I was around day in and day out was very disappointing. The comparison of teammate and team unity here at Lehigh is like night and day. Everyone respects each guy on our team as well as genuinely caring for the guy next to him. The guys on our team are “all in” for what it means to be a student athlete at Lehigh. That is something that I am honored to be a part of.

Q.) Due to NCAA rules, you will have to sit out this year, but I’m curious if you have spent any time talking to Jesse about how to best utilize your transfer year?

A.) Yes I have! Jesse and I work out a lot together just because we have very similar work ethics and devotion to the game. Jesse is phenomenally talented and will be extremely successful this year. We have discussed the importance of keeping perspective and being able to motivate yourself when it gets hard. It will be hard but I am confident I will become an even better player this time next year.

Q.) Any specific aspects of your game that you’ll focus on improving the most?

A.) I am focusing on my shooting ability as well as my court vision. This comes from studying film and trying to gain a better basketball IQ. I want to be a player who makes every other player on the floor with me better.

Q.) How has the Lehigh family welcomed you to the team since your arrival on campus in August?

A.) It is indescribable! I feel like I have been here 2 years already instead of 2 months. My teammates are incredible and I enjoy each day I get to spend competing with them. My classes are great and I love the campus life!

Q.) Can you give Lehigh fans a self scouting report on your game?

A.) I love to get out and run the wing. I love playing above the rim and crashing the glass. I can use my athleticism to take defenders off the dribble and also knock down perimeter shots. I take pride in playing harder than the next guy out there. I also take pride in the way I prepare for games.

Q.) What “current” NBA player best describes your style of play?

A.) I just asked my roommate this question and he said Blake Griffin. I don’t think my vertical is quite equal to his yet but I say it’s still a fair comparison. He is a guy who flat out competes and uses his athleticism to score. Plus he has an amazing work ethic and is constantly adding dimensions to his game.

Q.) Tell us about yourself off the court?

A.) Off the court, I am doing one of 3 things: studying, golfing, or watching a movie. I try and carry over my work ethic in basketball to the classroom in hopes of achieving high grades. I love to golf. I don’t know where I picked it up but I just always have. It relaxes me and also has competitive elements. I love movies too. Chances are, you think of a movie, I have seen it. I watch the Oscars and root for my favorites. I would definitely say I am a movie geek!

Thanks again John Ross.

LHN

1 on 1 With Jesse Chuku

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’13-’14 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with sophomore forward Jesse Chuku in an attempt to get Mountain Hawk fans familiar with Jesse before he hits the court for the first time in his Lehigh career. Special thanks to Jesse for taking the time to chat!

Q.) With England being known for their soccer prowess and passion, how did you first get introduced to the game of basketball?

A.) Growing up, I spent lots of time playing soccer (or football as we call it). I tried to imitate the popular stars at the time like David Beckham and Thierry Henry. However, my body just wasn’t well suited for the sport. As I towered above most of my peers, I looked towards basketball where I realized I may have an advantage by using my height and long limbs.

Q.) Where do your athletic genes come from?

A.) As strange as it may seem, I don’t seem to have any. I am by far the tallest in my family and the only athlete.

Q.) When you left London in 2010 to come to America and play at Kimball Union Academy in NH, was the goal to get exposure to college coaches here in the US to play D-I hoops?

A.) Yes, I always dreamed of attending and playing in an American School. Sometimes when I look back, it amazes me how I even did it. I knew I was good enough to play in college, but I had no one to compare myself to know if I was good enough for Division I. Though, when I arrived on American soil it became clearer that I didn’t belong anywhere else.

Q.) Jesse, you got sick soon after arriving at KUA and missed your first basketball season away from home, yet some colleges wanted you to enroll in 2011, talk us through your decision to do another year at KUA versus enroll in university?

A.) I still wanted to experience high school basketball in the States in order to feel more prepared to how the game is played over here.

Q.) Certainly your tough first year at KUA taught you how to deal with adversity, and did you take anything away from that experience to help you deal with having to sit out last year at Lehigh? How hard was it not playing last year with your LU hoops family?

A.) Most people who have had a near-death experience can tell you they returned with a new attitude towards life and I’m no different. My experience taught me how to not take my time for granted. When I sat out at KUA, I used the time to learn new things, I read, got to meet new people and experienced things I wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance to if I had been playing. So when I got to Lehigh, it was no different. I made many new friends, got involved in extra-curricular activities and had extra time to develop my basketball skills. I can’t say it was easy sitting on the sideline, but I made every effort to make sure it was time not wasted.

Q.) Since fans last saw you on the court last summer suiting up for Great Britain on the Under-20 team, I know you’ve been working hard on the court and in the weight room, so what improvements to your game are you most proud of?

A.) After thousands of repetitions over the last year, I’m proud of the progress I have made in improving the consistency of my shot. In addition, the improvement of my overall strength has made it much easier getting to and finishing at the rim with contact.

Q.) Many Lehigh fans have been clamoring for your debut for a long time, and it is exciting that it is so close, can you give a self-scouting report on your game for Lehigh fans?

A.) I see myself as a do-it-all type player who brings energy and intensity at all times.

Q.) What “current” NBA player best describes your style of play?

A.) Probably Jeff Green of the Boston Celtics.

Q.) What individual goals or expectations do you have for yourself in your first year of college hoops?

A.) I really want to establish myself as a player the team can trust in pressure situations to help the team win.

Q.) Tell us about yourself off the court?

A.) People are often deceived by my serious face, maybe thinking I’m unapproachable. I’m actually a lighthearted guy who gets along with almost anyone that understands my British sense of humor. Off the court, I’m usually listening to music, hanging out with friends or messing around with my computer. I’m very passionate about technology, music and anything that reminds me of England!

Thanks for taking the time to chat Jesse.

LHN

1 on 1 With Miles Simelton

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’13-’14 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with freshman point guard Miles Simelton in an attempt to help introduce him to Mountain Hawk fans. Special thanks to Miles for taking the time to chat!

Q.) What is your earliest basketball memory?

A.) The earliest thing I can recall is playing alongside Ryan Boatright (PG for UConn) in a youth league at the age of 3.

Q.) You’ve been described as explosive and athletic, so where do the athletic genes come from? 

A.) My dad used to play basketball so I received most of my athleticism from him. For the most part, I had to train with my former track coach to enhance my speed, quickness and jumping ability.

Q.) Was it always a dream of yours to play college basketball? 

A.) Yes, ever since I was little I have had dreams to play at the Division I level for whatever sport I chose to play (Used to run track and play football as well).

Q.) I love players who have confidence in themselves, and you seemed to shine when the lights were brightest for your Oswego high school team (example – Proviso West Tournament) and in big AAU events for Illinois Attack. You also had the confidence in your game to put the recruiting process on hold until after you finished your senior year season, and that bet paid off in spades, as your big senior year brought on a ton of suitors.

Why did you decide to come to Lehigh and was there one specific moment or event(clearly your official visit went well because you committed that Monday when you got home) where everything clicked and made you realize that LU was where you were going to go to college? 

A.) My AAU coach and dad have always told me the best players shine in the biggest games. So I felt to establish myself as one a Division I player I had to play well and in the process beat teams that may have been predicted to beat mine. The confidence I developed during my senior year came from my spiritual connection. I was able to believe in myself, my abilities, and hard work I had put in to help me achieve my dreams. The decision to come to LU was made after I met with Coach Reed on my official. He was able to tell me exactly how I was going to fit into the program and make an impact.

Q.) Can you give a self-scouting report on your game for Lehigh fans?

A.) Speedy, athletic guard that is a leader and playmaker for teammates and can also score off the bounce as well as hit jumpers.

Q.) What NBA player best describes your style of play?

A.) Damian Lillard

Q.) What part of your game have you been working on the most since your Oswego season ended last spring?

A.) I have been working on my craftiness when it comes to finishing at the basket amongst centers.

Q.) You got to campus well before the majority of your non-basketball playing classmates, as you enrolled in summer school to take a class and workout with other LU players and coaches, what was that experience like?

A.) It was a great experience. I was able to get acclimated to the school and the system Coach Reed has in place. I also got a chance to develop a chemistry with my teammates and improve my game.

Q.) I thought it was pretty cool how you, Tim, Shane, Austin, and Cole all regularly conversed via Twitter before even arriving in July, but how has it been getting to meet and get to know all of these guys? 

A.) It has been really fun so far. We’ve already made plenty of memories with much more to come. Coach Reed did a good job recruiting not only good basketball players, but also good character guys. We all get along very well.

Q.) What goals have you set for yourself in your first season?

A.) Continue believing in myself and my abilities. And do whatever I can to help the team win.

Q.) Tell us about Miles off the court?

A.) Cool, relaxed guy. Love to have fun and joke around with my teammates and classmates. Favorite social network has to be Instagram. I’m a tweeter as well. When I’m not playing or watching basketball, I’m probably watching football.

Thanks for taking the time Miles.

LHN

1 on 1 With Shane Whitfield

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’13-’14 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with freshman forward Shane Whitfield in an attempt to help introduce him to Mountain Hawk fans. Special thanks to Shane for taking the time to chat!

Q.) What is your earliest basketball memory?

A.)  My earliest basketball memory is when I was in 4th grade and got moved up with the middle school kids in recreation league. My first fast break, I lost handle of the ball and I “punted” the ball out of bounds lol. I knew after that moment I had a lot of work to do.

Q.) Where do the athletic genes come from, because obviously you and your brother Jordan(highly ranked high school PG, class of ’17, you have to get him to commit to Lehigh by the way) got good genes?

A.) Both grandparents on my mom’s and dad’s side played basketball and so did my parents so I guess that’s where I get my basketball genes from.

Q.) Was it always a dream of yours to play college basketball?

A.) Yes, I’ve been playing basketball since the age of four so it’s always been a dream to play Division I basketball.

Q.) Why did you decide to come to Lehigh and was there one specific moment or event(Your official visit must have went well because you committed that next Monday after you got home) where everything clicked and made you realize that LU was where you were going to go to college?

A.) I knew LU was a great school for me because the coaches and the team treated me like family as soon as I came for my official. Also, the coaches did a great job of recruiting me.

Q.) You played your high school ball at a well known basketball power in Word of God down in Raleigh(John Wall played there), and obviously your season didn’t end the way you wanted it to, having got cut short due to an injury. Can you tell us how your rehab has been going and if you’re back at 100% to start the season?

A.) I’m still in rehab but I’m also practicing full-time. I will be 100% by the time the season starts.

Q.) Can you give a self-scouting report on your game for Lehigh fans?

A.) I am a versatile player; I can play the wing or the post.

Q.) What NBA player best describes your style of play?

A.) I would say Carmelo Anthony.

Q.) You got to campus well before the majority of your non-basketball playing classmates, as you enrolled in summer school to take a class and workout with other LU players and coaches, what was that experience like?

A.) It was a great experience, I was glad to get the opportunity as an incoming freshman to get a head start on things.

Q.) I thought it was pretty cool how you, Tim, Austin, Miles, and Cole all regularly conversed via Twitter before even arriving in July, but how has it been getting to meet and get to know all of these guys?

A.) It has been great, they’re truly cool and laid back guys. I couldn’t ask for a better class to come in with.

Q.) What goals have you set for yourself in your first season?

A.) I want to possibly become a starter and just help my team in every way to win the Patriot League Championship.

Q.) Tell us about Shane off the court?

A.) I’m a very goofy person; I’m always laughing and joking around. You will never see me mad off the court.

Thanks again Shane.

LHN

1 on 1 With Tim Kempton

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’13-’14 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with freshman big man Tim Kempton in an attempt to help introduce him to Mountain Hawk fans. Special thanks to Tim for taking the time to chat!

Q.) It is pretty clear where your basketball genes come from Tim, with your dad having played at Notre Dame and in the NBA, but can you talk about how much your dad helped you with different parts of your game and your work ethic?

A.) My dad has been one of my main mentors in the process of my game.  Having someone like him right there living with me is something easy to take advantage of and something I did often. Him going through the process of recruiting, to Division I basketball, and then to the pros has helped me as well; telling me the work I need to put in, the process of what will happen, and the parts of my game I need to work on in order to be effective at the next level.

Q.) I read you didn’t really start playing until 7th grade, which is interesting when you consider the fact that your dad played in the league, why the late start into the sport?

A.) Basketball has always been something I would mess around with or play outside just throwing up shots, or dunking on a seven foot hoop but nothing I took seriously. I played competitive baseball until seventh grade and that was why I never fully got into basketball. I then stopped playing baseball in the seventh grade and that’s where my basketball started to get serious. I played club ball and started working on my game to get better and complete my goal of playing Division I Basketball.

Q.) Why did you decide to come to Lehigh and was there one specific moment or event where everything clicked and made you realize that LU was where you were going to go to college?

A.) My official visit. On my official and after I fell it just clicked. Both the academics and athletics was something that I was looking for, and loved the team and the coaches.

 Q.) It was reported that you and Austin had your official visits the same weekend, and I’m curious if you put any pressure on him to join you at Lehigh after you signed?

A.) Hahah, yes very much so. I was all over Austin texting him every day and asking him what he’s thinking and feeling. It just so happened that he ended up committing as well.

Q.) You had a phenomenal senior season at Brophy Prep, winning Arizona Prep Player of the Year, but I know the season didn’t end as you planned with your team getting knocked out early in the playoffs. Did that loss help motivate you over the summer? 

A.) Yes, at first it was something that I was very down about not being able to play and all and having my senior year end like that, but after everything was over and looking at the big picture, I was still going to be playing and I had to move on. So it did motivate me knowing that my career was not ending like that and still have years in front of me.

Q.) Can you give a self-scouting report on your game for Lehigh fans?

A.) Low post player, but can also stretch my game out to the 15 foot range. Love facing up in the post and going from there.

Q.) What “current” NBA player best describes your style of play?

A.) Zach Randolph

Q.) What part of your game have you been working on the most since your Brophy Prep season ended last spring?

A.) Back to the basket, post play. At Brophy I was able to score in a lot of different ways, but at the next level I knew most of it would come from post plays where my back is to the basket. This has been where my dad has played a huge role obviously being able to play against him and him teaching me different moves and everything.

Q.) You got to campus well before the majority of your non-basketball playing classmates, as you enrolled in summer school to take a class and workout with other LU players and coaches, what was that experience like?

A.) It was definitely a change, being away from home for the first time and everything. It was something that helped with the process though, getting two classes done, and also being able to work out with the team with the coaches getting acclimated to the new system and new offense. I believe it was something that was very helpful.

Q.) I thought it was pretty cool how all of the incoming freshman all regularly conversed via Twitter before even arriving in July, but how has it been getting to meet and get to know all of these guys?

A.) It’s been amazing; all the guys are wonderful people. The class is full of well-rounded people.

Q.) What goals have you set for yourself in your first season?

A.) Earn a spot in the starting rotation, help with a Patriot League Title, Average double-double, PL ROY

Q.) Tell us about yourself off the court?

A.) Love to hang out with friends, play piano, into fashion.

Thanks again for the time Tim.

LHN

1 on 1 With Austin Price “AP”

Lehigh Hoops Nation, as part of the continuing effort to get everyone prepared and ready for the ’13-’14 edition of Lehigh Basketball, was fortunate enough to chat with freshman shooting guard Austin Price in an attempt to help introduce him to Mountain Hawk fans. Special thanks to AP for taking the time to chat!

Q.) What is your earliest basketball memory?

A.) 3rd grade travel team. I hit the first game winner of my career. I received the ball around the volleyball line with about seven seconds left. I just shot it because I was tired of passing the ball around and I wanted to take the matter into my own hands. The ball banked in and my mom screamed so loud.

Q.) Where do the athletic genes come from, because obviously you and your brother Jodan(Eastern Michigan Basketball player) got good genes?

A.) I get my athleticism from my Dad’s side of the family. My Dad played in high school and also played at Taylor University. My Uncle Joseph, who now coaches at Grambling, played at Notre Dame with Tim’s dad. My Uncle Jovan played at Purdue. So basketball is huge in my family. My more distant relatives on my Dad’s side are really talented football players.

Q.) Was it always a dream of yours to play college basketball?

A.) Yes, I wanted to be just like my Dad and my Uncles. My brother and I would always shoot around outside and talk about seeing each other on TV when we started playing college basketball.

Q.) Why did you decide to come to Lehigh and was there one specific moment or event where everything clicked and made you realize that LU was where you were going to go to college?

A.)  I came to Lehigh because it was the best fit more me. I wanted to go to a college that had great academics, great basketball, great coaching, and a nice campus. Lehigh fit all of those categories. There was not really a specific event, but it all clicked one day while playing kabob, which is game sort of like tennis after we eat our lunch.

Q.) It was reported that you and Kempton both had your official visits on the same weekend, how much did seeing him commit help push you to do the same?

A.) Yes definitely! Tim looked great in the post and did well against Gabe. When he committed, I knew I would have a great post man coming in with me if I were to commit to Lehigh.

Q.) You played your high school ball at the famous Detroit Country Day School, home of Chris Webber and Shane Battier to name a couple well known alums, and your season ended the way every kid dreams, with a state championship. Can you talk about how fulfilling it was for you to go out on top and continue to build the DCDS program legacy?

A.) Winning the State Championship was definitely my most memorable moment in my basketball career so far. I had been there the previous two years and lost. When the final buzzer went off, I just had the greatest feeling. We won our ninth state championship in school history. Just to get the last one for our legendary coach was awesome. I always dreamed of winning it but to finally break the barrier was an indescribable moment. I just had an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment to go out on top.

Q.) Can you give a self-scouting report on your game for Lehigh fans?

A.) I am a great shooter. I have a pretty quick release. I pride myself in playing great defense. I love to score and I never give up on a play. My ball handling is coming along as well.

Q.) What NBA player best describes your style of play?

A.) I don’t know if any player describes my game right now, but I’m trying to get mine like Stephen Curry. I love his style of play and I have working on my handles to hopefully get to that level of play.

Q.) What part of your game have you been working on the most since your DCDS season ended last spring?

A.)  My handles have been top priority, but I have also been working on my shot to be a lot more consistent off the dribble.

Q.) You got to campus well before the majority of your non-basketball playing classmates, as you enrolled in summer school to take a class and workout with other LU players and coaches, what was that experience like?

A.) It was great experience. Very eye opening as well. There are so many new concepts in college basketball I needed to learn. The level of play is a lot more intense and a lot faster. The court is also a lot larger so I needed more conditioning. Overall, the summer was a great learning experience. I was able to know where everything was and the best ways to get across campus.

Q.) I thought it was pretty cool how you, Tim, Shane, Miles, and Cole all regularly conversed via Twitter before even arriving in July, but how has it been getting to meet and get to know all of these guys?

A.) It’s great I really click well with all guys in my class. We all are funny guys and share a lot of similarities. It was quiet at first but after the first day, it was like we were brothers.

Q.) What goals have you set for yourself in your first season?

A.) My goals have always been set for me to be the best. The goals for myself individually is to the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. The team goal is to win the Patriot League title. If I meet my goal, I know we will get to the Big Dance.

Q.) Tell us about AP off the court?

A.) Off the court, AP is real laid back. I just go about my business. I socialize with friends, watch some TV, do my schoolwork, and go to sleep.

Thanks again for the time AP.

LHN