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 incoming freshman guard Jarvis Calhoun. A native of nearby Trussville, Ala., Calhoun comes to UAB after an impressive high school career at Hewitt-Trussville High School. Calhoun was named the 2014 Birmingham News North/East Player of the year and was selected the ASWA All-State Team in his senior season. Calhoun, who averaged 18 points per game his senior year, scored over 2,000 points in his prep career.
Below is a Q&A with the Blazer guard:
Q: You come to college and the first thing you get to do is take a trip to Spain. How does this trip help you as a freshman prepare for the upcoming season?
A: "It is going to be a great experience for me and my team. To come out of high school and immediately be able to take a trip like this is an incredible experience. I also think for our team it is going to help us gel together and play together."
Q: You grew up just down the road from Birmingham. Did that influence your decision to come to UAB?
A: "That definitely influenced my decision, but I would say the big reason I came to UAB was because of the coaching staff. I liked the way they recruited me and built a relationship with me, and that was the reason I came here. Coach Haase and his staff treat their players like family, so I am glad I get to be a part of that."
Q: How would you describe your style of play?
A: "I am a shooter, a slasher and I can also take it off the dribble. I am also a good passer, so it just depends on the situation and what the team needs."
Q: If you were not playing basketball, what would you be doing?
A: "Right now, I am working toward a sports medicine degree, so I would say I would still be doing that even if I was not playing basketball. Hopefully, I get to keep playing basketball overseas after graduation, but I am working toward a degree in sports medicine."
Q: You had a very successful high school career, scoring over 2,000 points. What is your favorite memory from your high school days?
A: "I would say beating Mountain Brook in the Sweet 16 in Jacksonville my sophomore year was probably the best memory I have. They beat us three times that season, so to beat them in the playoffs was a special feeling."
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