Men's Basketball

Q&A With Nana Ampim

Feb. 10, 2005

Q: Does your name have any special meaning?
A: It means African prince, so it does have a special meaning for me.

Q: You are originally from England, when did you move to the United States and why?
A: I moved here three years ago. There are a lot of reasons why I moved. I came here because there are more opportunities and I also came to help my parents out.

Q: Is there a difference between the way basketball is played here than in England? Is it more structured?
A: The speed is definitely different, but that's about it. The athleticism and everything else is about the same. Here, you get more freedom to do what you want because the offenses are more structured in England.

Q: You walked onto the team. During tryouts, did you think that you could compete at this level?
A: Personally, I thought I had a bad tryout. After the tryout, I didn't think I did a good enough of job of showing Coach Lappas what I could do on the court. But, God put me on this team and I know I am capable of playing at this level.

Q: How long did you play soccer for?
A: I played throughout high school and I was heavily recruited.

Q: Are you a Manchester United fan?
A: No. I'm an Arsenal guy.

Q: Everyone is talking about how the team has played well in close games. How do you think that will help the team down the stretch and into next season?
A: We get so used to it. As we play more close games, our maturity level goes up. The more games we have like that, the more we think we can win them.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I like to hang out with my friends and go out.




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