Jan. 9, 2004
Throughout the 2003-04 basketball season, GoLobos.com will be conducting "Ask the Coach/Player" sessions with different Lobo men's basketball coaches and players.
Below are answers to some of the questions you submitted to Lobo junior Troy DeVries over the last two weeks. Don't forget the Lobos face Cornell on Friday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. (M.S.T.) in The Pit. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the UNM Ticket Office or by calling (505) 925-LOBO (5626).
I was just curious if you had a nickname since you've been playing hoops. (James- Albuquerque, N.M.)
TD: No, I don't really have a nickname.
Troy, how are you liking UNM? Where do you see yourself after your tenure at UNM is done? (Cameron - Albuquerque, N.M.)
TD: I love it here, I love the coaching staff. I either see myself playing professionally, or if basketball opportunities don't present themselves, possibly being a youth pastor somewhere.
Troy, you had a heck of a game against Wake. Do you think this is a NCAA caliber team with the addition of you and Danny? (Mike - New Berlin , Wisconsin)
TD: Yes, I believe that we could make it to the NCAA Tournament and win the Mountain West, but that's not going to come easy. It's going to take a lot of hard work.
Is it true that you are married or is it just a rumor? (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
TD: It is true that I am married. My wife's name was Stephanie Smith, now Stephanie DeVries. We were married on July 6, 2003.
Troy you had 12 assists in your first game. Are you trying to play a more past first - shoot second role for the Lobos? Go Bulldogs!!!! (Ben Martin - Pullman, Wash.)
TD: What's up Ben? Glad to see that you're checking us out. You know I usually never pass a ball, but I guess I have to show that I'm a more well-rounded player. Go Bulldogs!
Hi Troy! I hope your doing well! I wanted to know, are you happy you finally get to play with the guys and how hard was it sitting on the bench? (Sam - Rio Rancho, N.M.)
TD: I'm having a great time playing with these guys. I love my team, I love my coaches. It was really hard sitting out but I'm glad to be on the floor.
Troy being that you have had much attention since you became eligible to play has the team been supportive of you or has it been a difficult transfer? (Amber - Belen, N.M.)
TD: It's been an easy transfer and everything has been smooth with my playing.
Troy, it is so great to read this site and see how well you are doing. Keep up the good work. Who taught you your shooting fundamentals? Go Bulldogs!! (Jeff Scott)
TD: Jeff Scott, you had nothing to do with my shot. It was just all the hard work in the gym in Mt. Vernon, Washington, Bulldogs gymnasium. So don't even try to take any of the credit!
Troy do you consider yourself to be the spiritual leader of the team? (Jess, Los Lunas, N.M.)
TD: I would like to consider myself the spiritual leader of the team. That's the most important thing in my life and I hope I can have an impact on my team, coaches and this community.
I hate to ask about this, but I was just wondering how the loss of Billy Feeney's not only impacted the team, but also how it impacted you. Did the loss of him change your life in any way? (Gabe - Albuquerque, N.M.)
TD: That's a very difficult question. Billy has definitely impacted my life. It has shown me how important life is and how important is it to have a relationship with Christ. It shows you that life can be taken at any moment, that you need to cherish the times you have on earth with the people that are around you, and cherish the friendships you have, and to not take them for granted, but to be thankful for them.
TD: I think our hard work and the confidence our teammates have in us. Our unselfishness and willingness to do whatever we can to make this team better.
You and Danny have made a huge (positive) impact on the team! "Higher" expectations now exist because of you two. Has that caused stress or affected team chemistry? (Theodore Barela)
TD: I don't think it has affected our team chemistry. I think the expectations of where this team is headed have gotten higher. We like that pressure and we want to make the best of it.
Troy, who is your favorite NBA player and why? (Gregory Padilla)
TD: I would say it would be Pistol Pete Maravich. Just like I watched a lot of Michael Jordan videos, I watched more Pistol Pete videos when I was little and did all of his drills and I did his different workout videos all the time.
Troy, what did you and the team learn from the Wake Forest game, and how will that help you in MWC play? (Kell - Albuquerque, N.M.)
TD: We learned that we need to make plays down towards the end of the game and defense is key in making those big plays. We just have to continue to get better and we have to have more and more team chemistry on both ends of the floor.