April 28, 2009 - by
Derwin Kitchen: A Super Sophomore

April 28, 2009

Q: How do you like being at Florida State so far? Is it what
you expected?

It’s more than what I expected. It’s a lot of fun here and
you’re getting an education at the same time.

Q: What was your experience like in junior college?
It was a once in a life time experience. It was so cold,
I don’t know if I really liked that part, but as far as
basketball it was great because I learned a lot.

Q: How has the transition been coming along to major
D1 college ball?

It’s coming along real good, because junior college
helped me learn a whole lot. I went there and at first
I made some mistakes, but I feel like I learned from

Q: What have you learned from some of the older players?
Toney always gives me good advice, and I am just trying
to take it all in. I have definitely learned a couple
things from Toney and Ryan Reid too.

Q: How do you like being back in Florida? What is different
or stands about Tallahassee compared to living in

Everything, it just feels real good to be back home,
especially in Florida. Its only two hours from Jacksonville.
Everything is different from Iowa. I like the
warmer climate.

Q: How was it being recruited by so many big time
schools? Any cool stories from your recruitment?

Not really. My options were either here or Kansas, but
no funny stories.

Q: What were the reasons you decided on Florida State?
The basketball program is right there, it just hasn’t gotten
over the hump yet. Its back home and in the ACC
and I believe in everything that Coach Hamilton and
his staff and what they are trying to do. I just wanted
to be a part of that.

Q: What do you plan on studying at Florida State and
what do you plan to do with your degree?

I am undecided right now.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
Hopefully using my degree to make money and take
care of my family and if things go well maybe even still
playing ball.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete and why do you look up to

It’s funny because I am basketball player, but Deion
Sanders is my favorite. I love Deion to death. Growing
up I always wanted to be a football player and I always
would imitate Deion and everyone wanted to be like
him. I even knew the Deion dance.

Q: Describe your basketball game? What are your
strengths and what can you improve on?

My strength I guess is being an all around player and
just trying to get everyone involved in the game, not
just myself, knowing I have teammates that I have to
look after. Things I need to improve on is being consistent,
just improve my consistency.

Q: Are there any superstitions you might have and if so
please explain?

It’s not a superstition, but I eat air heads before every

Q: What is your favorite food?

Chicken, any kind of chicken.

By Zach Mendelson
Sports Information Student Intern

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