What was the key to Friday night’s big victory over Booker?
I think it was our consistent execution at practice. Everyone showed up every day, and we were consistent.
You played especially well. Did you do anything specific to prepare or stay focused?
I did the same thing I always do to prepare for and during the game. I can’t get as hyped as the other guys, because I have to stay mentally focused, so I have to strike a balance of focus and energy.
How do you achieve that balance?
I try to keep rolling the playbook through my head and go over different scenarios all day, so that I’m prepared for anything.
How did it feel to win over a rival team such as Booker by such a large spread?
It felt good. I only had to play one half. I wanted to get back in there, but it’s better for everyone to be playing with fresh legs. Some people might look at it as a cross-town rival, but we’re looking past it, and we’re on to the next one.
What are you focused on to prepare for the next game?
We just need to remain focused throughout the week at practice. If we do that, we’ll be in good shape.
What do you consider to be your strongest point as a player?
I’ve always had the ability to throw the deep ball, and I’ve been working on my short game lately. I also think I have good leadership skills.
Are there any areas in which you struggle?
I’d like to be faster. I try to work on that any chance I get by just doing everything as fast as I possibly can.
What is your biggest focus as a senior?
Individually, I’d like to stay healthy and consistent and stay in the weight room. I want to stay focused throughout the season and try not to get too caught up on any win or loss.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
Some guys like to do music, but not me. I think just being with all the guys gets the energy flowing, and that’s enough for me.
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