November 16, 2009

Udofia talks GT hoops

Mfon Udofia is a big-time freshman point guard from Miller Grove High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He guided his high school to the AAAA state championship last season and was named a Third-team Parade All-American and AAAA player of the year after averaging 20.1 point, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists in his senior season. This year he will test his speed and physical style of play against the next level of competition. He has already earned a starting spot on Georgia Tech's talented squad and will look to test his skills against a deep field in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic. JacketsOnline recently caught up with Udofia to discuss all of this and much, much more.

Did you expect to play right away coming into this season?

"I expect to play right away because Coach Hewitt told me just to play hard and you'll find your way into the lineup.

Do you see yourself and Iman as being able to both run the point guard spot?

"Yeah, we are interchangeable. Sometimes he will bring it up, sometimes I will bring it up. We can play on and off the ball, which is good because he is a good point guard as well."

What does everybody think of you and Stephen's performance so far back at Miller Grove?

"Everyone had high hopes and expectations for us when we came to Tech. So far, we are living up to it. Stephen is doing a good job on the football field and I commend him for that. I'm just trying to do the same thing on the basketball court."

What are some of the strengths of your game?

"Getting to the basket, playing defense, getting my teammates involved, and bringing energy so that we can play hard the entire game. Georgia Tech basketball fits right into my game. Going up and down the court and pushing the tempo is what I like to do."

What areas are you looking to improve in your game?

"I want to improve my jump shot. I am working on getting confidence in my shot and learning when to shoot and when not to shoot. That will develop as I play more and more."

Coach Hewitt stresses feeding the post. How can you guys take advantage of that this year?

"It's hard for defenses to double both of our big guys. It is easy to get one on one mismatches for Derrick and Gani so we try to get it into the post as much as possible. I'm trying not to throw as many lob passes into the post that might result in turnovers Coach stressed that bounce passes are higher percentage passes into the post."

What are your thoughts about the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic and what catches your attention about Dayton?

"Dayton is a really good team and they will be a big test for us. They apply hard on the ball pressure and we will need to match their intensity. I am really excited to go to Puerto Rico, I have never been there before. This is what we play for and this is why I play college basketball. This is the level that I want to play at by playing against teams like Dayton and Villanova."


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