Sept. 30, 2011
Sophomore guard Gabe Moton is one of four returning players for the Eagles, and one of only three veterans who saw playing time last season. He sat down with BC Athletics to discuss the 2011-12 season, the team's expectations and how he has become a leader on a young team.
Q: What have you been doing, both on and off the court, to get ready for this season?
A: On the court, to get ready for the season, I have been conditioning a lot, getting extra shots up to improve my shooting and working on my ball handling. Off the court, I have been trying to be a leader. I send text messages saying when to be here.
Q: You came in last year as a freshman, but with 11 new players, you are now one of the most experienced on the team. How do you see your new role?
A: I am trying to lead the younger guys in the right direction and teach them as much as I know. I'm trying to teach them even though I am young myself, so mostly I am trying to become a leader.
Q: Is Coach Donahue placing a lot of responsibility on you to help the new players' transition?
A: Yes, he is counting on me to teach them some of the new steps and plays so that they can pick it up quickly.
Q: Have you seen anything from any of the freshmen that has really stood out to you?
A: Yes, all the freshmen who came in are pretty solid; their games are pretty good and they're all very competitive, which I like. They all take pride in their games.
Q: What are you doing to help build team chemistry?
A: I am trying to talk more on the court and get everyone involved as much as possible.
Q: What is the team's main focus?
A: The team's main focus is to get better every day. I know we're young, but we have high expectations. We are not trying to impress anybody or play for anybody else. We are trying to play for ourselves and get better every day.
Q: With such a young team, how are you approaching this season? What are your expectations?
A: The approach is to get better every day. My expectations are to at least make the [NCAA] Tournament. I think we can definitely make the tournament; we just have to get our team chemistry down and bond together.
Q: Reggie Jackson was a major part of last year's offense, how will you account for his absence?
A: I am going to step up by doing as much on offense and defense as I can. We have players that can step up and fill the role that Reggie Jackson had. Matt Humphrey is a pretty good scorer so that helps. We are just going to use a lot of team chemistry to fill in for that.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about this season?
A: Actually just getting out there on the court with all these new guys, playing with them and just getting started.
Q: What is one thing you would like to say to Superfans in regards to the upcoming season?
A: We need all of your support. We want to turn this thing around and start a new era of having the students really involved so that Conte Forum is one of the toughest stadiums to play in.