By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
RiceOwls.com sat down with this year's Men's Basketball Freshman class for a Q&A. The sixth installment features forward Austin Meyer.
What was it about Rice that stood out to you?
“Definitely the academics. Basketball will eventually stop for everyone. I want to have a degree that will help me get a job in the future.”
You’ve been able to practice with the team for a bit. What has been the biggest difference in the college game from high school for you?
“The intensity and the game speed. Everything we do is 100 miles an hour. We have to stay intense. We have to talk. It’s a whole other world.”
How have you been able to adjust to the college in general?
“The biggest thing would be being on my own. I have to do everything on my own. I have to be responsible for myself. Having a good roommate, we hold each other accountable.”
What basketball player do you try to model your game after?
“Steven Adams from the Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s my guy. I love to play like him.”
You are one of seven freshmen on the team. Is it easier going through the transition knowing there are six other guys going through the same thing?
“Definitely. I know that being a freshman; it’s a whole other world. It’s good to know that you have other people around you, learning like you and slowly getting better. Building the relationship with them, it’s made it a lot easier. Corey Douglas and Ako (Adams) are two of my really good friends on the team. We’ve really helped each other focus on what we have to do.”
Has there been a returning player that has helped you out?
“Andrew Drone has helped me out a lot at the five spot. Marcus Evans and (Marquez Letcher-Ellis), really everyone had given us pointers on what we need to do and how we need to be prepared.”
What are your goals for the season?
“Really to just get into the game and help contribute any way possible.”
When you’re not on the court or dealing with academics, what do you like to do in your off-time?
“I like to play video games. But I haven’t been able too much because I’m trying to stay ahead of my academics.”
What are you listening to before a game?
“Really anything. Most of the time I don’t play music myself. I just listen to what other people play. So really any music.”
What is your favorite movie?
“The Book of Eli.”
What is your favorite TV show?
What is your favorite food?