Countdown To Spain: Q&A With Tyler Madison

Tyler Madison played in 19 games last year, playing his best toward the end of the season.

July 25, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Members of the UAB men's basketball team will sit down with over the next five weeks as the squad prepares for its foreign trip to Spain on Aug. 16-23. 

Today's Q&A features Blazer sophomore guard Tyler Madison, who grew up in nearby Columbiana, Ala. Madison played in 19 games as a true freshman last season and had perhaps his best performance of the year against Charlotte in the 2014 Conference USA Tournament. Madison played 24 minutes against the 49ers and scored 11 points off a 4-for-8 shooting performance. 

Below is a Q&A with the Blazer guard: 

Q: Talk about the upcoming trip to Spain. How important is it for the team to go on a trip like this? 

 A: "To go against top caliber teams in a foreign country is a big deal for our team. We are a very young team, so I think this will help us play together and will give the freshmen an opportunity to play in big games against good competition." 

Q: How much of an advantage does it give UAB to go against real competition before the season starts? 

A: "I think it is great in that it gives us an opportunity to go against a different style of play. European countries play a physical brand of basketball, so this will help us prepare for all different styles that we are going to see this season." 

Q: Looking ahead to this season, how do you see your role on this year's team? 

A: "My role is going to be becoming a leader on this team. With so many young guys, we are going to need strong leadership and I want to step up and take on that role."  

Q: You grew up in nearby Columbiana and played at Shelby County High School. What is it like to play close to family and friends? 



A: "I would say that was one of the biggest reasons I came to UAB. My parents had to travel a long way to see my two oldest brothers play, so I wanted to give them a chance to come watch me play close to home. It has been a great experience so far with Coach Haase and his staff, so I'm very fortunate to play close to home in a great program like this."

Q: A lot of people may not know this about you, but you are Shelby County High School’s all-time leading scorer and all-time leading rebounder and averaged a double-double your senior year. Describe your style of play.

A: "My ninth and 10th grade years of high school, I played post because I was a lot bigger and a lot stronger than everybody. My junior year I transferred to the wing a lot, so I think that plays a factor in my wing playing being physical and getting offensive and defensive rebounds."

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