Tosin Mehinti is one of the best returning shot blockers in Conference USA this season.
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 sophomore forward Tosin Mehinti. The Nigeria native came to UAB last season and made an immediate impact for the Blazers. Mehinti saw action in each of the Blazers' 31 games and led the team in blocks with 35 on the year.
Below is a Q&A with the Blazer forward:
Q: Talk about your journey from Nigeria to the United States? What has the experience been like for you?
A: "It was a basketball camp and that's where it all started. They held the camp every year, so they always picked a couple of kids to come to the United States for more camps here and exposure. My friend was already over here and he sort of talked me into coming over and he was the only Nigerian in his school. He just wanted me to come and that's how I came here. I played AAU and was recruited by other schools and visited the University of Georgia, Temple, Mississippi State and UAB."
A: "It's different. First off, the food is different and the environment is different. It's real hot back home, and it's real hot here, but not as hot as Nigeria. The lifestyle is just starting fresh. All of my friends are back home and I had to make new friends and try to learn how things are done here."
Q: How does the trip to Spain help you prepare for this season?
A: "Everybody is excited to travel to Spain. I've never been to any other country other than here. We've been practicing a whole lot and we're going to play against professionals, so it's going to get us prepared."
Q: How would you describe your style of play?
A: "I try to play like different players combined, but I like LaMarcus Aldridge because he's got a nice touch inside and he has long range. I also like Kevin Durant because he can shoot, so I try to make as many shots as I can get. I also like Dwight Howard. He's strong and he can back you in, so I try to model my game like a few different players."
Q: If you were not playing basketball, what would you be doing?
A: "I'd probably be playing soccer or some other sport. If I didn't play a sport I'd probably be a dancer."
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