June 3, 2011
This is the first of a multi-part series highlighting the 2011-12 Tennessee basketball newcomers. In this edition of "Hello My Name Is," UTsports.com chats it up with true-freshman guard Josh Richardson.
Q: You've had a busy couple of weeks, graduating high school and starting your college career here at UT. What have been your first impressions of university life?
A: "University life is very confusing right now because I can't seem to figure anything out. I was actually just talking to (assistant coach Jon Harris) about that. I had a hard time setting up my schedule and finding all my classrooms. It's a big campus, and there's a lot of walking. But it's cool. Everyone is telling me it gets easier. The coaches have been really helpful."
Q: What's something Tennessee fans don't know about you that they might find interesting?
A: "I'm kind of nerdy. I play a lot of video games--sports games and Tekken fighting games. I also play the piano. I play mostly classical music, but I haven't played in a while. I did a Bach song in a recital a few years ago."
Q: What's your favorite meal?
A: "Anything Mexican. There's a Mexican place called Ted's back home in Oklahoma that's really good. I like Qdoba a lot, too."
Q: Do you remember your first dunk?
A: "Yes--like it was yesterday! It was the summer after seventh grade. I got a steal on the left side of the court, and I took it all the way down the left side and dunked off my right foot. It was kind of weak, but it was my first dunk ever. I had never dunked in practice or anything before that."
Q: In your opinion, what is your biggest strength on the basketball court? And what area of your game do you most want to improve upon?
A: "My biggest strength is probably my ball-handling. I would like to improve my 3-point shot."
Q: What's the one website you couldn't live without?
Q: Did you play any sports other than basketball while you were growing up?
A: "I played soccer until third grade, and I played baseball until the seventh grade. I was a midfielder in soccer and a second baseman and shortstop in baseball. I also played football until the 10th grade. I played wide receiver, quarterback, safety and some defensive end."
Q: Who is your favorite pro athlete in a sport other than basketball and why?
A: "Man... I don't watch a lot of sports other than basketball. I like Evan Longoria because he's raw. He's good at everything."
Q: What three words would you use to describe head coach Cuonzo Martin? A: "Encouraging. Intelligent. And... really deep voice."
Q: When you think about your college debut at Thompson-Boling Arena in November, what do you envision as your first big play?
A: "I envision a fast-break dunk. It'd probably be off a steal. In high school I kind of played to the crowd a little bit, but college is a much bigger stage. I might be a little nervous at first."
Q: Who is your roommate this year? And what teammates have you spend time with so far?
A: "I'm alone right now, but (fellow incoming freshman guard) Wes Washpun will be my roommate when he gets here. We haven't actually met, but we text a lot. "Cam Tatum has kind of been looking out for us new guys a bit. I've hung out with Renaldo (Woolridge) and Jordan (McRae). They're all good guys."
Q: Do you have any Tennessee connections?
I've known (Lady Vols senior) Alyssia Brewer since I was like 9-years-old. She played AAU basketball with my sister, Alex Richardson, who played at Oklahoma State for a year."