Oct. 22, 2005
Andrew Wilson returns as a starter for the Seminoles for the third consecutive season of his six-year career and is looking forward to leading the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. He will become the first player in the history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball to play in six different seasons. Wilson’s first game played during the 2005-06 season will be the 100th game of his career making him one of only 30 players in school history to play in 100 or more career games. Wilson sat down with seminoles.com and talked about his goals, his master’s degree and what he worked on during the off season.
What are the goals for the team this year?
Our ultimate goal is to make NCAA Tournament and hopefully make a run.
How do you plan on accomplishing that goal?
We have worked very hard since the end of last season to become a better basketball team. I think a lot of the work is to prepare for the upcoming season. We feel like we prepared as much as we could during the summer and in the pre-season as far as getting into the best shape as we can be in. Collectively as a team we all worked very hard on our games individually.
What are you personal goals for this year?
I really don’t have any goals as far as putting up individual statistics. Going on my sixth year now, my main goal, is helping this win as many games as possible and get into the NCAA Tournament.
What are the strongest strengths for the team this year?
I’d say that our athleticism, our depth and the fact we are a pretty good outside shooting team are our strengths. I really don’t think we have too many holes in our team. I think it’s on us to go out there and execute what we all have worked on all summer.
Who do you think is going to be the most difficult team to face this year and why?
I’d say Duke just because they have so many guys coming back this year from the Final Four. They have two first team All-Americans coming back and obviously you have to play it down. They are where we are trying to be as a program.
Who do you think is going to be the biggest surprise on the team this year?
I think Jerel Allen is going to be a big surprise because he is unknown. I don’t think people know a whole lot about him and his abilities on the court.
What did you work on most during the off-season?
The biggest thing for me was getting into shape. Coming into the season the past few years I have been out of shape. I haven’t been able to work on conditioning because I have been hurt to start previous years. I think that’s the biggest thing. Being healthy, being able to be on the court and getting up as many shots as I can has been very important to me.
What is your role going to be for the team this year?
My biggest role is going to be a leader on and off the field. I think so far I’m on the right track. I think God has looked after me and I feel like I will be the leader.
What do you plan on doing after the season?
A lot of that is going to depend on how the season goes. Possibly go overseas play professionally or possibly go ahead and get in my coaching career. That is what I want to do eventually. A lot just depends on how this season goes.
How do you feel about graduating with your master’s degree?
Earning my master’s degree is something I’m excited about. There are not a whole lot of players who have managed to get there undergraduate as well as their master’s while they are playing for an ACC basketball team.
If you could break any record this year, what would it be?
I guess the only record I can break is for most games played in a career. Hopefully I can stay healthy enough to break that record.
Name five starters for your dream team; past or present.
Obviously you have to start with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Shaq, and Hakeem Olajuwon.
By Maryjane Gardner
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