July 22, 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.
Tuesday's question and answer session features freshman forward Chris Cokley, who will begin his first season with the Blazers.
Cokley comes to UAB from Savannah (Ga.) High School. The 6-foot-8 forward was a Georgia Sportwriters' Association Class 3A First Team All-State selection after averaging 15.5 points per game to go along with 9.9 rebounds per contest his senior season. Cokley led his high school team to back-to-back state championships in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Below is a Q&A with the Blazer forward:
Q: What are you most looking forward to in Spain?
A: "First, handle business obviously. I’m looking forward to gaining some early experience with my teammates and playing strong basketball. With it being a foreign country, I am excited to do some sightseeing and get an opportunity to look at all the surroundings."
Q: Being from the state of Georgia, what drew you to UAB?
A: "I immediately felt at home in Birmingham. The way that the downtown is set up and the city itself feels very similar to Savannah. I knew UAB was where I wanted to be."
Q: Coming from a strong pedigree and a great high school program, how does that translate to UAB?
A: "It would definitely be from a discipline standpoint. I will pick up on that easily here due to my background with my coach in Savannah. We had a very disciplined team when I was in high school and that led to a lot of success and that’s what we want to do here at UAB."
Q: What is the best memory from your high school days?
A: "I would say probably winning and having fun with my friends and teammates. Also, the preparation that went into the state playoffs and seeing how much that work would pay off once it was time to play."
Q: Who would you say has been the biggest influence on your career?
A: "My family. Definitely, my family. They have always supported me and I know they will continue to be there for me no matter what."
Q: You are the youngest player on an already fairly young team. Do you see this team’s youth as a challenge?
A: "It will definitely be a challenge, but I know that we have all the tools to overcome any adversity and become a strong team. I have absolutely no doubt. The freshman class has already began gelling with the older guys and this trip to Spain will only help us grow closer."
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