Friday, February 24, 2006
by Thomas Fitch, UA Media Relations
Alabama senior forward Evan Brock will play his last regular season home game with the Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum Wednesday, March 1 against arch-rival Auburn Tigers. This season, Brock has been a vital component to the Tide, especially since Alabama forward Chuck Davis was lost to injury during mid-season.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Brock and ask him some questions about his past and current experiences with the Crimson Tide. I also got some insight on how Brock feels about the Tide’s post-season future.
Growing up, who influenced you to play basketball? “My father influenced me of course, because he played basketball, and he was very experienced in basketball, and he was my role model growing up. So he is the one who influenced me the most.”
How did it feel to know that your father played for the Harlem Globetrotters? “It felt good that he use to play basketball all the time. It makes you proud of what he accomplished in the past and what he did. It makes you want to strive for the same goals.”
Since you have been playing basketball at Alabama, which season has had the most effect on you? “The season where we went to the Elite 8 (2004) was a great year for us. People didn’t think we could do it, and we were the underdogs. We played Stanford and ended up playing Connecticut. That was probably the best year.”
As a starter, what do you think that you have to do personally to help the team reach the NCAA tournament? “Leadership is the key motivation, and keeping my players heads up. I also have to bring the energy every day, every practice, and every game, uplift their spirits and keep going.”
Out of all the games you’ve played at Alabama, which one is the most memorable? “The most memorable game was when we played (No. 1) Stanford.”
Do you have any pre-game rituals that you perform before a game? If so, what are they? “Basically I just relax and say a prayer. I read a bible verse before every game. I just stay relaxed and have fun and just shoot it like a regular day.”
How will you feel Wednesday on senior night when you play your last regular season game at Coleman Coliseum? “It will be something to remember. I’m going to miss it. I just have to live it out.”