Starting Five With Justin McKie
Oct. 7, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina freshman guard Justin McKie sat down with GamecocksOnline.com recently for our web series in conjunction with Spurs and Feathers, "Starting Five With Justin McKie." The series will highlight a different member of the Gamecock men's basketball team with each edition. A native of Irmo, McKie led his high school squad to a state championship just last spring with a 20-point, 10-rebound effort in a victory at Colonial Life Arena. The son of Gamecock great BJ McKie, Justin enters his first season competing in the Garnet and Black this fall. GamecocksOnline.com talked with McKie about his passion for Gamecock athletics and what aspects of his game he is working on thus far during the preseason.
Q: You were named the Gatorade South Carolina Boys' Basketball Player of the Year and South Carolina Mr. Basketball last year. Why did you decide to attend the University of South Carolina?
Q: When you decided to come to South Carolina you noted that the atmosphere at a Gamecock football game really showed you what the future could be like for Gamecock basketball. What would it mean to you to have Colonial Life Arena packed night in and night out?
Q: A coach of another high school program in the state of South Carolina noted that you are "one of those kids who's actually fun to coach against because he plays the game the right way." He also said you have a competitive fire that you don't see every day. High praise obviously, but how do you see your game, or what sets you apart?
A: I love to win. No matter how that has to come - whether that is me scoring, rebounding, playing defense, whether it's me sitting on the bench cheering for my teammates, I just love to win. That is probably the biggest part of my game, more than anything just my passion and fire for the game.
Q: Who do you model your game after the most?
Q: What aspect of your game are you working on the most as you prepare for your freshman season to get underway?
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