By Maxx Wolfson
DEREKH FROUDE/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Men's basketball sharpshooter Salim Stoudamire averaged 18.5 points during winter break wins over Washington State and Washington.
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday January 15, 2003
Sport: Men's basketball
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Ore.
Why Stoudamire won: Coming off an ankle injury that sidelined the sophomore early in the season, Stoudamire had his best two-game stretch against the Washington schools. He shot 52.6 percent from the field (10-of-19), including 46.7 percent from three-point range, to average 18.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Stoudamire, who leads the Pac-10 from the free-throw line, shooting 93.5 percent (29-of-31), hit all 10 attempts last week.
WILDCAT: You played a little point guard against Washington. Do you like handling the ball?
STOUDAMIRE: Yeah, ultimately that is the position that I want to play.
WILDCAT: You struggled in your first couple games back from your ankle injury, was it nice to knock down your shots last week?
STOUDAMIRE: Definitely, my confidence is high right now.
WILDCAT: Speaking of the ankle, how does it feel?
STOUDAMIRE: It's feeling better.
WILDCAT: What is the team's first goal this season? To go undefeated?
STOUDAMIRE: To win the Pac-10 is the first goal and then it would be nice to go undefeated.
WILDCAT: Have you always been such a good free-throw shooter?
STOUDAMIRE: I have always been a good free-throw shooter but never this good. I used to shoot around 80 percent.
WILDCAT: Are you excited about Thursday's game against USC?
STOUDAMIRE: I'm excited because I have a couple friends on USC, Errick Craven who I played at Double Pump Camp with and Brandon Brooks who is from Portland.
WILDCAT: Do you expect to do much pressing against USC and UCLA?
STOUDAMIRE: I think we will play a lot more zone.
WILDCAT: Overall this team seems like it's becoming a better defensive unit?
STOUDAMIRE: Guys are taking pride in their defense this year. It all starts with one person and I try to be that one person.
WILDCAT: Let's move on to something other than basketball. What's your favorite movie?
STOUDAMIRE: The Mack, it's about a pimp, it's an old movie. I don't know who's in it, but the pimp's name is Goldie in the movie.
WILDCAT: What are you listening to now?
STOUDAMIRE: I have a little Wu Tang Clan, the old stuff. I'm more into old school rap right now because I don't like the rappers now. Their rhymes have no substance.
WILDCAT: Like Nelly rapping about shoes?
STOUDAMIRE: Ha ha, yeah, rapping about Air Force Ones. Bling, bling.
WILDCAT: Have you seen any movies lately?
STOUDAMIRE: Run Tel Dat by Martin Lawrence. That was really funny.
WILDCAT: You going to miss Will (Bynum)?
STOUDAMIRE: Will is my dog and it hurts to see him go but he had to do what he had to do.
WILDCAT: Who is the funniest person on the team?
STOUDAMIRE: Isaiah (Fox) is the funniest guy. When I see him I just start laughing.
WILDCAT: Do you still keep in touch with your cousin Damon?
STOUDAMIRE: Yeah, he said he needs to talk to me before this L.A. trip but I don't know why.