April 9, 2008 - by
Ask Jason Rich – By Toney Douglas

April 9, 2008

In a second changing at the guards on the Seminole men’s basketball team, graduating senior guard Jason Rich sat down with rising senior Toney Douglas and answered 10 questions about Rich’s plans after Florida State, his favorite NBA player and his all-time favorite meal.

During your career who was the toughest player you faced in the ACC and why?
“I would say the toughest player I faced was J.J. Redick of Duke because how hard he worked to get opened, how well his team screened to get him open and how well he performed on an every night basis. You knew Duke as a team was going to be prepared to play each night and Redick was prepared each night, also.”

Was there anything specific that you would do to try and stop J.J. Redick when you played against him?
“I really worked hard to make sure that I was there on every catch and tried to contest all of his shots, when we played against him. When you are competing against a great player sometimes it doesn’t really matter what you do or how you prepare to play against him. The one thing you need to do is make playing against him a learning experience.”

If you could go back this past year and do one thing different what would it be?
“If I could have done one thing differently I would have attempted to put the team on my shoulders earlier this season and really tried to rally our team earlier in the schedule. I wish I had helped our coaching staff and my teammates and put us all in a position to be successful earlier in the season. I will always regret not taking that more upon myself to do that.”

What will you miss most about being a college basketball player?

“I will miss the experience and atmosphere of being a collegiate student-athlete. As a college student-athlete you are one of the chosen few and you get an opportunity to represent your school in a lot of ways that most people can’t. The one thing that I will miss the most is just being able to do that and being a part of a team and being around my teammates.”

Who is your favorite NBA player and why?
“Kobe Bryant is my favorite NBA player. I think he has a God given talent; he works hard, is respected by his peers and gets it done on both ends of the court. He plays defense and everybody knows that he is a great scorer.”

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy watching basketball and I enjoy studying the game of basketball. When I watch a basketball game I try to pick something up; I try to learn whatever I can and try to bring that skill to my game. I am always trying to learn some new rules.”

What is your favorite food?
“The best thing I have ever eaten is a good cheeseburger from my mom cooking it off the grill. My mom’s burgers just taste good.”

What are you going to remember most about Florida State?
“Obviously you remember experiences you had when you were with your teammates on the court. I will always remember what kind of players my teammates were and what they brought to the team. I will look back at their individual personalities — how goofy Ralph and Isaiah are and even Matt, along with Julian and Toney. I won’t forget their unique personalities that make them who they are and my friends.”

What are your plans after college?

“My plans are to play professional ball. I think my chances are good and that’s what I want my life to be is basketball.”

Do you plan on being married with kids at one time?
“That would be nice. I hope that I am fortunate enough to have that one day. I have always wanted a family. I already have a huge family and big support system but it would be nice to have a family of my own.”

What have you been doing with your time since your season ended?
“I took a little time off to rest up and have started back training to get myself prepared for camps and hopefully a professional basketball career in the future.”

Are you looking forward to graduation?
“I am very much looking forward to graduation because it has been a long time coming. It’s going to be exciting to be the first in my family to graduate college.”

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