July 18, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Members of the UAB men's basketball team will sit down with UABSports.com over the next five weeks as the squad prepares for its foreign trip to Spain on Aug. 16-23.
Friday's question and answer session features freshman guard Nick Norton, who will begin his first season with the Blazers.
Norton comes to UAB following a stellar prep career. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 17.5 points per game and led Central (Ill.) Catholic High School to the 2013-14 Illinois Class 2A State Championship. For his efforts, Norton was named a 2013-14 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association First Team selection.
The pure shooter finished his career with 1,472 career points and was named the CIHoops.com Area Player of the Year this past season.
Below is a Q&A with the Blazer guard:
Q: With this being your first year at UAB coming in as a freshman, this has to be a good start to your collegiate career going over to play in Spain.
A: "The trip to Spain is a great opportunity not only for the freshmen, but also for all of us, the entire team. It provides us a chance to bond together and see what we need to work on in the future. We are lucky that UAB and the coaching staff have put together this trip for us."
Q: What do you know about Spanish culture or what do you expect to learn?
A: "Well, I took the standard two years of spanish in high school. Other than that, I don't really know much about Spain. But, it definitely is an amazing chance to travel outside of the country and I am looking forward to learning more."
Q: Playing at UAB, your father is the head coach for the women's basketball team, it has to be special to have him here for support.
A: "Definitely. With my mom here as well, it means a lot to me and is reassuring to always have them to see after class or practices and games. It is special to know, that no matter what, there will be two people always here for me. I cannot imagine it any other way.."
A: "Right now, I am living with three of them in one place. We have separate rooms obviously, but we are all in the same living space. The other two guys are living together. We're getting along really well. I think we are all looking forward to going through this process together and playing a huge role for this team."
Q: How would you describe your style of play? And, is there any player, past or present, who you would compare yourself to?
A: "I want to be a point guard that everyone wants to be with and play with, distributing the ball to my teammates. I consider myself a big energy person on the floor and knocking down my shots when I need to. I love shooting the ball. In terms of players that I enjoy or would compare myself to, Jason Williams (former NBA player). I love watching old tapes of him. I enjoyed the way he would pass the ball and he just got the job done. I also really like Stephen Curry (current NBA All-Star player) and watching him shoot the ball. His style of play motivates me."
Q: I know Coach Jeff Wulbrun had a big influence in your recruiting and obviously Coach Haase. What are your thoughts on the coaching staff?
A: "The coaching staff has been great so far and I know it will only get better. In terms of basketball, they are always looking out for you and how you can improve, but it is always in a positive fashion. They are never putting you down or being negative. Off the court, they really care about how you are doing and are checking on you. It makes you feel comfortable and I am honored and looking forward to being a part of this program for the next four years."
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