Elite Eight: The March Interview Series: Part One

March 9th, 2009

Elite Eight: A March Interview Series


CollegeHoops.net has you covered with all types of rankings, previews, and recaps. But we thought it would be interesting to ask some of the top players in college basketball a little bit about themselves. In each Elite Eight article, not surprisingly, eight players chime in with various answers. Some of these guys are household names, others are names that you'll recognize, while others are names that you may not recognize, but that you should get to know.


Question: Who was your favorite player growing up? Did you try and emulate his game?


Jason Holsinger, University of Evansville

Senior, G - 12.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg

My favorite player growing up was Grant Hill.  We don't really play the same position, so I didn't try to emulate his game.  I did wear his Fila shoes though.


Aaron Jackson, Duquesne

Senior, G - 18.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.8 apg

Jason Kidd ... I tried to play like him all through middle school and high school. I still try to emulate his game today. He's a big point guard who rebounds and he likes to make plays rather than just score.


Dwight Thorne II, Colorado

Junior, G - 11.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg

My favorite player growing up was Rasheed Wallace. I thought he was so tough and good, and his team was always nice. I used to be a big man so when I did play center I tried to immolate his moves.


Zach Peacock, Georgia Tech

Junior, F - 9.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.9 apg

Vince Carter. I tried to emulate his game, all the acrobatic moves and finesse parts of his game. I could never jump like he can.



Question: Do you have a standard pre-game meal? How did this ritual get started?


Kurt Cunningham, Boise St

Junior, C - 9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg

Pasta with a side salad and ranch. It's the only good thing our
pre-game meal spot has to eat.


Rasheem Barrett, Auburn

Senior, G - 9.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg

Chicken, yogurt, banana and salad. Someone told him me always need
to be hungry when you play.



Alex Renfroe, Belmont

Senior, G - 16.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.0 apg

The night before games I usually take a trip to Chili’s and get a chocolate molten cake for dessert. This started my freshman year when I had a good game after I went to Chili’s, so I thought it was my good luck charm. 


Josh Dotzler, Creighton

Senior, G - 3.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.4 apg

I don't really have a pregame meal. Most of my pregame meals consist of chicken, some pasta, and some vegetables but no specific meal. I probably started this when I was a freshman in college.


Check back over the next two weeks for more Elight Eight interviews.. including the likes of Duke's Kyle Singler, Baylor's Curtis Jerrells, Hofstra's Charles Jenkins, and Dayton's Chris Wright amongst others.