June 21, 2010
This is the second installment of a four-part series highlighting the 2010-11 Tennessee basketball newcomers. In this edition of "Hello My Name Is," UTsports.com chats it up with guard Jordan McRae, a freshman from Midway, Ga.
Q: You've been on campus for nearly three weeks now. What are your initial impressions of the team and how do you feel like you fit in?
A: "I feel like I fit in well. Campus is nice. So far everything's been good."
Q: What's something Tennessee fans don't know about you that they might find interesting?
A: "On the court I'm always serious. But off the court, I'm the one who's making everybody laugh in the locker room. I'm the comedian right now, I guess."
Q: So you can hold your own against Brian Williams? That guy's got jokes...
A: "Oh, Brian and I go at it all the time! He might be the funniest guy I've ever met in my life."
Q: Pretend for a moment that you're a music industry executive and tell us your thoughts on the hip-hop artist Swiperboy. Who would you compare him to and what does his musical future look like?
A: "Swiperboy... his music is good. It's better than I thought it would be; it sounds professional. He's serious about it. He manages to balance music and basketball very well. His music career could definitely go somewhere, but when the season gets going he needs to stick to basketball and help us get some wins. He has to have a big year this year."
Q: Teammate Trae Golden--a friend and fellow Peach State native--was dishing some dirt on you recently, talking about how you're so skinny. What kind of funny or embarrassing dirt do you have on Trae?
A: "Well, Baby (Brian Williams) talks about Trae's head all the time--how big it is. Baby says Trae wears a size 9 fitted hat."
Q: Trae also mentioned that you don't use Twitter because you're too country...
A: "That's not why I don't use Twitter. I don't use Twitter because I don't have time. I don't like to sit in my room. So sitting in front of my computer all the time... I don't have time for that."
Q: Kobe or LeBron?
A: "LeBron. He is an all-around player. He's better than Kobe was at that age. Right now, Kobe is probably better, but I think LeBron has the potential to be better than Kobe at the end."
Q: Well then who will LeBron be playing for next season? A: "(long pause) The Cavaliers."
Q: So is LeBron your all-time favorite player, or are there some other guys you model your game after?
A: "I don't really model my game after anybody. But LeBron is the most exciting player to watch because you never know what's going to happen next."
Q: Where'd you get your crazy bounce?
A: "Are you talking about my hops? Man, I don't know. You look at my calves and you would never even think I can jump like I do. But now that I'm starting to work out with (strength and conditioning coach Troy Wills), my hops are starting to get even crazier."
Q: Did you play any sports other than basketball while you were growing up?
A: "Baseball. I played everywhere, pretty much any position. I was a pretty good hitter."
Q: What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon when you were young?
Q: How do you think Brian Williams would do if he was a contestant on the reality TV show Last Comic Standing?
A: "I think he would win. He could find a way to make fun of anybody, no matter who it is."
Q: Who is your dream date and where would you take her?
A: "Halle Berry. I'd take her to the Eiffel Tower."
Q: Who is your favorite pro athlete in a sport other than basketball and why?
A: "I like Derek Jeter. He wins."
Q: Which of your teammates has the dirtiest dorm or apartment?
A: "Kenny. Between Kenny and Skylar, you can break your ankle in their dorm if you don't walk with caution."
Q: What three words would you use to describe head coach Bruce Pearl?
A: "Loud. Energetic. Crazy."
Q: When you think about your Tennessee debut at Thompson-Boling Arena this winter, what do you envision as your first big play?
A: "I think my first big play is going to be a 3-pointer not long after I get in the game."
Q: Who are some of the more well-known people to have come out of Midway?
A: "Nobody. It's really not that big. Me and my friend Rion (Brown, who is an incoming freshman guard at Miami), we're like hometown heroes right now."