March 13, 2012

Q&A Andre Nation Talks Music, Hoops had a chance to have a question-and-answer session by phone with Andre Nation, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard who has committed to play basketball for the Dukes next year.

Q: Why JMU?

I just felt like they were going to give me the best shot at what I want to achieve with basketball. When I went up there, it just felt right. It felt like a new home and everything. And the coaches, I'm real good with the coaches. So all that basically just set it off with me. It was just a comfort level when I was up there.

Q: What were you doing when you decided that you were 100% committing?

I think I was at the first football game. I was with the players and everything, we were just watching the football game. I just kind of knew it was right. That was on a Saturday. I didn't commit until the next day, but I knew the day before that I was going to commit.

Q: Who did you tell your decision to first?

[JMU assistant] coach Louis Rowe.

Q: Before you told anyone else, like parents or other relatives?

Yeah. I told him I wanted to come here. I told him it was right.

Q: What NBA player do you best compare to?

I kind of compare myself to a Kevin Durant, just because he's a long, athletic scorer. That's who I try to compare my game to.

Q: What's your favorite part about playing basketball?

Just playing with friends and family on the court. I ain't going to lie, I love dunking on people, I love doing that. But mostly just having fun with my friends, and winning, because I'm a competitor.

Q: What's your least favorite part about playing football/basketball?

Losing. I don't like to lose, so whenever that happens, I hate that.

Q: Who was your hero growing up?

I got two: my mom and my dad. I've always idolized them. They've always found a way for me to play basketball, and when we went through struggles they was there, and they just kept everything running.

Q: If you had to play another sport, what would it be and why?

Probably football. I quit everything but basketball in high school because I wanted to stay dedicated, but I did a little Pop Warner, a little youth league and all that, from maybe tenth grade to eighth grade.

Q: What sport that you've tried are you worst at and why?

Golf. I suck at golf.

Q: What's your most embarrassing athletic moment?

I don't know where I was playing at, but I had a fast break opportunity. This was before - I could dunk, but I really couldn't. I tried to dunk really hard, and I ended up getting hung, and I fell on my back and messed my back up.

Q: Sorry - you got hung?

When I tried to dunk, I got stuck on the rim. Instead of dunking it, the ball hit the rim, and I just fell back, and it was bad after that.

Q: What's your most embarrassing non-athletic moment?

That's a hard one, because when I was a little kid I had a lot of things happen. For me as a kid, I probably didn't know what I was doing. I was younger, and my mom always told me I was a bad kid - well, not a bad kid, but she said I liked to get into a lot of things. One day, I went missing. They couldn't find me - they was looking for me, they couldn't find where I was at. They called the cops. After a while they walked into the laundry room, and I was just putting washing powder in the washing machine. And I was just like, 'Look mom, I washed!' and all that stuff. I'd say that's pretty embarrassing - if I was able to remember it.

Q: But if you were just doing laundry, how come they couldn't find you?

I don't know, I guess they just didn't. I always cried - they said I used to cry a lot when I would go and play and whatnot, and go to certain spots. They checked those spots. They never thought that I'd be in there. I was in there, just supposedly washing clothes.

Q: Are you a ladies' man? Why/why not?

I mean I love females. I'm not no dude that's like, "I'm going to go out and get this, this and this girl." I'm just a laid-back dude. I like to chill and everything. I wouldn't say a ladies' man. But I do love females though, I'll say that.

Q: When you're not playing football/basketball or studying, you're probably…

Hanging out with friends, probably playing PS3, stuff like that. Going to the mall.

Q: What song gets you pumped up?

It's funny that you asked about this, because I thought about this the other day, and I was like, 'Somebody's going to ask me this.' I'd probably have to say, there's this song called "Y'all Don't Hear Me", and it's a freestyle by Meek Mill ( I listen to that song before anything - anytime I play, I listen to that song.

Q: What song helps you chill out?

It's crazy, because I thought about this the other day, dang! Let me think…I would have to say…golly…I listen to a lot of music…I would have to say…probably…"Grew up Fast" by J. Cole.

Q: What's your opinion of Twitter, Facebook, etc?

I don't got a Twitter man. I'm the type of dude, I always feel like you've got to be famous to have a Twitter. Even though I know you don't, I just feel like you've got to be famous to have one, so I'm not a Twitter dude. I've got Facebook. Facebook is cool. It gets boring sometimes, but it's just a good way to keep in touch with people from the past and whatnot.

Q: What are your athletic goals for your freshman year?

I definitely want to help the team make the dance. I want to be CAA Freshman of the Year, but really I want to come in and be CAA Player of the Year as a freshman. I set high standards for myself. I'd say those are my three main ones.

Q: Do you like doing questionnaires like these?

Oh yeah, I don't have a problem with 'em.

Q: What most excites you about going to college?

Just getting an education, playing ball, doing what I love to do.

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