Meet The Lumberjack Basketball Newcomers
Oct. 24, 2007
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - When the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team takes the floor this season, Lumberjack fans might notice a few new faces in uniform -- nine, to be exact. The nine newcomers for 2007-08 tie two previous years for the most SFA rookies to start a season under eighth-year head coach Danny Kaspar. The class includes five prep recruits and four collegiate transfers. Following is the first in a series of question-and-answer sessions that will help SFA fans get to know the newest Lumberjacks. Today's featured 'Jack is junior transfer Nick Shaw.
Shaw is a 6-6, 215-pound power forward from Arlington, Texas. He transferred to Stephen F. Austin following a solid two-year junior college career -- first at Navarro College, then at Collin County Community College. As a sophomore at Collin County last year, Shaw helped lead the team to a third-place finish in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. He earned all-conference honors after averaging 11.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Shaw played his high school basketball at Bowie High in Arlington, where he was a two-year starter and three-year letterman on the hardwood.
Kaspar calls Shaw a "very tough, hard-working" player with "good all-around skills and an excellent outside shot." The coach added that Shaw has already emerged as a dependable team leader during preseason workouts.
Shaw is majoring in general business at SFA.
Below are Shaw's responses to the Lumberjack newcomer survey:
Q: What is your favorite professional sports team?
A: Brazilian National Soccer Team.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: (teammate) Scott Weaver.
Q: What's your biggest hobby, other than basketball?
A: Listening to music and playing other sports.
Q: What do you think is your best attribute on the court?
A: My athletic ability and leadership.
Q: What has been the toughest part of preseason practice, so far?
A: Learning the system.
Q: If you had to sum up this year's team in one word, what would it be?
Q: What's your weirdest pre-game superstition?
A: Not wearing my jersey during warm-ups.
Q: What position, besides your natural position, would you like to play and why?
A: Point guard. I want to be the floor general.
Q: What's your most prized possession?
A: My iPod.
Get your first glimpse of Nick Shaw and the rest of the 2007-08 Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks at Mardi Gras Madness, Friday night in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The event is set to tip off at 11:30 p.m. The Lumberjacks begin their season on Nov. 5 with a home exhibition game against Abilene Christian.
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