Andrew Tie, Brian Geisinger and Jim Young were at the ACC's Operation Basketball media day last week, talking to tons of players and coaches. During the course of the preseason, we'll be posting the Q&As they gathered.
Next up is Miami senior wing guard Garrius Adams.
You grew up in Raleigh (attended Middle Creek High). What's it like living in Miami now?
Well, obviously it's a huge transition - it's definitely different. But the reason I picked Miami and the ACC is because I'm a big fan of the ACC. So, being in the ACC, I get to come up to N.C. State, UNC so I get to experience a lot of home feelings on my road games, so that helps a lot.
Last season, Miami achieved a great deal of success - champions of the ACC, a trip to the Sweet 16. You were injured and redshirting during that run, which would've been your senior season. What was that experience like? If you could pick out one overarching positive to take from sitting out what would that be?
I think the most positive thing from sitting out was actually being to slow things down. I had a lot of detail and a lot of patience with learning the plays, learning the system, and knowing exactly where to be and what to do. I think that's really helped a lot with me this year, because I know exatly where to be. I know exactly where to tell my teammates - my freshmen, specifically - where to be on the court, and what to look for. I think that helped a lot last year - being able to see what worked with us, and now I'm trying to translate that to this year.
Yeah, I would imagine with so many new guys in town that helps with matriculating them into the offense, right?
Oh, yeah, definitely.
Speaking of new guys, you have an almost completely different team this season; there are a lot of fresh faces in Coral Gables. What's that been like in practice?
It's been crazy but fun at the same time. Learning new players, new systems is part of basketball. So we do have a lot of freshmen, but they're talented, and they're ready to play.
You've already graduated. After your playing career is over, do you have aspirations for working in the game of basketball, for example, becoming a general manager of an NBA team?
Oh, man. That's one of my dream jobs. I obviously would love to take one of those positions after being done with basketball. I love the game so much that I will always want to be a part of it. So, I think if I could get a position like that - in an NBA front office - I would be really happy.
I heard recently your coach - Jim Larranaga - was appointed to the faculty at Miami, as an adjunct professor of kinesiology and sports science. Do you think Larranaga would be a good teacher?
Oh, definitely. Coach is really big into philosophy, so I'm pretty sure he has a million things he could teach a class about, because he teaches us a million different things on the practice court. I mean, he just throws stuff at you that you can use not only now, but later on in life. We have meetings before practice, where he'll give us pieces of paper of stuff that he's written down during the day, and it will be so inspirational. If you listen to that or you follow that through your career or after your career, it makes a big difference in your life.
So, Coach Larranaga could hold lecture a class for a couple hours a day?
(laughs) Oh, yeah.
If you could, would you sign up for his class - it's called Larranaga 101, I'm guessing?
I would think about it. I would let somebody take it first, and then I would ask them. Then I would maybe take the class.
(And that, folks, is how you can tell that this guy is a veteran.)