Countdown To Spain: Q&A With Jarvis Calhoun

UABSPORTS.COM Jarvis Calhoun is an incoming freshman for the Blazers this season.
UABSPORTS.COM
Jarvis Calhoun is an incoming freshman for the Blazers this season.
UABSPORTS.COM
Aug. 7, 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.

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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