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Dime a Dozen Questions
2. Favorite sport’s team/city- Basketball wise, I was a fan of Michael Jordan so I love Chicago. But at the same time I was a fan of Allen Iverson when he was at Philly, so I just kind of jump around I guess.
3. Who you think is the hottest celebrity- Paula Patton
4. Favorite thing about PSU- The people, the atmosphere, and everything that comes with Penn State when you sign that letter of intent.
5. Favorite PSU class- Theater 100
6. First thing you look for in a girl- Sense of humor. I’m a pretty funny guy, so I’ve been told. I like to joke around a lot.
9. Dream job (other than NBA)- Something in business world, making some money.
10. Favorite TV show- Family Guy
11. Favorite music genre- Hip-hop and R&B
12. Dream date- I don’t know. Dream dates are something you just wish what happens, so when it happens, I’ll call it my dream date.
1. You go from playing alongside Talor Battle, and now you are the leader of this team. Talk about being the leader on and off the court.
Being a leader takes it course. I think I have learned from some good guys, those five seniors that were here last year: Talor, DJ, Drew, Jeff, and Steve. I think I have learned the course, and definitely Coach Chambers has helped me become a leader, and you can tell by talking to him that he is a leader on and off. Leadership doesn’t take a day off and you know you have to have followers to be a leader.
2. I don’t know how much you focus on individual state, but I’m pretty sure you are aware you 4th in the Big Ten in scoring, 8th in rebounding, and 1st in assists. What’s up?
I don’t know. I just think that it is dedicated to the hard work that we’ve all put in. You know, I have great teammates that help me out, especially as far as assists, guys knocking down shots. You know we all work hard together. Whatever the team needs for us to win, then I’ll do that.
3. I know you have been working on that jump shot. Has that improved a lot? More confidence shooting?
Definitely. Confidence is just based on being confidence about it and taking the shot. I stay in the gym and take as many shots as possible throughout the summer and now. When it comes game time, I know I’ve made the same shot, same spot.
4. You guys are on a tough 3 game losing streak of late. What are the expectations going forward?
We want to keep grinding out and keep getting better each day. You know our goal throughout the season was to get better each day and be one of the best teams towards the end of the year. We are on a three game losing slide or whatever, but we have two more crucial games coming up in Mount St. Mary’s and Cornell, and then we start conference play and we start of with Michigan. We definitely want to come in and just get ready for Mount St. Mary’s.
5. Any guys stand out specifically, that have a bright future?
A lot of these guys have a bright future ahead of the team. Like you said, we’re a young team, with five-six freshman. A lot of them play a lot of minutes. They come in and have to play a lot of minutes, and there a lot of people on the team that didn’t play as much as last year. They have to come in and play a lot. Everybody is kind of in a new role, so definitely being patient with everyone and learn their new role and learn what they do best. I pretty much think the whole team, I think we are going to grow as a whole each day.
6. Going back to last year, you guys had an incredible, playing in the tournament. What was that experience like?
That was a great experience. Being able to just be in Arizona, for that experience. The media coverage, and just being on “One Shining Moment” at the end of the year. But like you said, Juan Fernandez hit an incredible shot.
Toughest loss of your life?
It is definitely up there. We bounced back, and that’s just what the NCAA tournament is all about. People make big shots every night.
7. What is Coach Chambers like?
He definitely knows his craft. He’s worked hard throughout his life. You can tell he is a leader, and he really works hard everyday. What you see out there in the media world, is what he really is in real life, on and off the court. He is always there talking, and you can come in with any type of questions and situations, and he really wants the best for each and every one of us.
8. I have to talk about opening night at Rec Hall. You hit and a half court shot, then Maggie comes up and hits one. Talk about that.
That was crazy. It was kind of thrown out- I didn’t know I was going to have to do that, but I came in, and was like. I wanted her to go first, so if she missed and I made it, that would be it. But she made me go first. Ok. I came down, and hit it. Bank shot. Pretty good. Not thinking she was going to make it too, but then she comes down and swishes it. That just tells you what type of hard work she does, she puts in.
9. Talk about the girls real quick. They’re pretty good.
The girls are great right now. They are playing well, top 25 team in the country. They play together, play hard. Coach Coquese Washington has those girls really working hard, and it’s paying off. They have a lot of great players, a lot of great shooters, they’re definitely fun to watch. They can put 100 points on the board. That’s always a fun girls game to watch.
1. Favorite place to eat at PSU – Chipotle
2. Favorite bar at PSU - Indigo or The Den
3. All-time favorite NBA player - Michael Jordan and Russell Westbrook
4. Closest friend on the team- I think we’re all real close. You my roommates: Sasha, Jermaine, and Billy. And guys I’ve been with like Cam. The older guys I’m more close with, but definitely those young guys are fun as well.
5. Toughest player you played against- Throughout my high school career I had to go against Brandon Jennings. Isiah Thomas. I played against John Wall. I had to guard Evan Turner once, when he was at Ohio State. Kailan Lucas from Michigan State. But the toughest day in and day out was trying to guard Talor when I first got here, not knowing the college life.
6. Best part of your game- Speed
7. Day in the life of Tim Frazier- Wake up, lift in the morning, go to class after lift, grab something to eat, then go right to practice. After that, hit the books and relax as much as possible.
Special thanks to Tim for doing the interview.
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