The Baker University men’s basketball team will play Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) Wednesday in the NAIA National Tournament. How excited are you and your teammates to play in the national tournament?
We’re really excited. (Tuesday) was our day off and we couldn’t wait to get back to practice (Wednesday). We were really geeked to get to see each other and we’re ready to go.
This is your first year playing at Baker after transferring from Johnson County Community College. How have you felt about your first season at Baker?
I felt it has been really good as far as what I have heard about the Baker program in the past. I think you know this is the best year (Baker) has had in a while. But we’re not satisfied. We want to get a national championship. So, I feel like this season has been really successful for me, and I couldn’t ask for more. (Head) coach (Brett) Ballard has blessed me and given me a lot of opportunity.
Although the team was unable to come away with a win in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament championship game, how do you think the atmosphere at MidAmerica Nazarene University Monday will prepare the team for the national tournament?
I think it will prepare us very well. That was actually the (liveliest) game as far as atmosphere goes that I’ve ever played in in my career. So, I mean, it’s just nothing but good. We can take away positives from a negative and I think it is just inspiration for us to go out and do it for Baker.