Q & A With Collins Ferris
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/13/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

November 13, 2003

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 Collins Ferris over the last two weeks. Don't forget the Lobos exhibition schedule continues on Sunday, November 16 with a 7 p.m. game against the EASports All-Stars. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the UNM Ticket Office or by calling (505) 925-LOBO (5626).

Hey this is your fans from Northeastern Junior College, all of the middle school girls who went to your games. We were wondering what you think makes a great fan? (Brande, Whitney, Meghan, Sterling, Colorado)

"Great fans are the ones that stick with you through the good times and the bad times. They are the one who are with you through the wins and the losses and support you when things are going good and bad."

How do you think the Lobos will do this year? (Killeen, Lashay, Colorado)

"I think we have the ability to be good, but I haven't experienced it hands at this level yet. With the chemistry that this team has, I think we can do great things. It is going to take a lot of hard work, but we are up to the challenge and I think we will surprise people."

What kind of adjustments did you have to make going from Junior College to Division 1 basketball? (Dave, Santa Fe, N.M.)

"The toughness and physicality of it all is the biggest difference. It's different because everyone is talented at this level. Everybody's smart, and it's a thinking game. Not to mention everyone here can play. It's tough, but I think I'm adjusting well."

Have you been teased by anyone for taking the No. 5 which Ruben Douglas wore when he led the nation in scoring? (Gabe, Albuquerque, N.M)

"That didn't have anything to do with it. I didn't think about it being Ruben's number. It has always been my favorite number and I have always worn it. When I got here, I was just glad it was available."

Do you think this offense helps you get the shots you want? (Rob, Albuquerque, N.M.)

"It does...everybody has the opportunities to get the looks that they like. We are very unselfish and we move the ball well, looking for the best shot. Coach McKay will never tell his shooters not to shoot."

Do you miss Northeastern Junior College? (Sterling, Colorado)

"I do miss it. It was a great place to go to school. The people there were great and it was a homey atmosphere, but Albuquerque is a great place to be and I am glad I am here"

What can our fans here do to make newcomers like yourself feel more welcome? (Loboray, Albuquerque (Westside), N.M.)

I already feel very welcome, but can always use your time and support. I feel like we are getting it. The fans here are great. We need to pack the Pit every night for every game."

How many jumpshots do you shoot a day? (Ben, Cedar Crest, N.M.)

"During the course of practice I probably shoot about 60 each day. Then after practice I will shoot about another 100 with the rest of the guys. It varies from day to day."

Next week's featured player is freshman Lenny Miles. You can click here to ask Lenny your question. Check back to GoLobos.com on November 20 to see if he answered it."