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.
Today's Q&A features redshirt junior and Virginia Tech transfer Robert Brown. Brown enters his first season with the Blazers after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. The Clemont, Fla. native started 25 contests during the 2012-13 season at Virginia Tech. During the 2011-12 season, Brown finished his first year with the Hokies fifth on the team in scoring with 6.8 points per game.
Below is a Q&A with the Blazer guard:
Q: Talk about your journey to UAB. You started your career at Virginia Tech. What led you to UAB?
A: "Obviously, my relationship with Coach Robert Ehsan and Jeff Wulbrun was a huge plus for me coming to UAB. I have a great relationship with those guys and being able to play in Birmingham, which is a lot closer to my home, was important to me."
Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
A: "No doubt it would have to be my dad. Having him there through all my games growing up was huge. He would always be there coaching me and helping me through my games."
Q: How did sitting out all last season help prepare you for the upcoming season?
A: "It was actually really tough not to be able to play, but it was great for me to be able to focus on my game, to get bigger and stronger. It helped me adjust to being at UAB and also helped me get in better shape going into this season."
Q: This team will probably rely on you as one of its top shooters. Have you embraced that role?
Q: As the team's lone junior and one of the more experienced players, do you see yourself as a leader?
A: "I definitely see myself as a leader. Coach Haase has put me in a leadership role and I feel a responsibility to become that leader for this team."
Q: The first opponent in the Battle 4 Atlantis was announced on Tuesday. How do you feel about playing a team the caliber of Wisconsin in the first round?
A: "I was very fortunate to play at Virginia Tech in the ACC against some of the best teams in the nation. I definitely think it is a great opportunity to play a Final Four team in Wisconsin. When we played teams like North Carolina and Duke in the ACC week-in and week-out it gave us confidence if we played well against those teams, so for us it is a great opportunity to be able to play the best."
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