VSN recently caught up with Chapelgate Christian's Nate Frierson to talk about his resent committment to play basketball in college.
Chapelgate Christian School senior point guard Nate Frierson helped lead the Yellowjackets to back-to-back MIAA C Conference championships the past two seasons.
Frierson, coached by his father Frick at CCS, averaged 11 points, 5.4 assists and 4 rebounds per game this year and will take his talents to college in the fall.
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VSN: How did you get started playing basketball? How old were you?
I've been playing basketball as long as I can remember, but I played on my first team when I was five years old.
VSN: What has been your favorite memory on the court?
There have been so many good memories playing basketball for Chapelgate. I think my favorite memory though was Senior Night this past year against Indian Creek. We had a great crowd and they made the atmosphere amazing. The crowd was part of what helped us to complete our undefeated regular season in overtime.
VSN: What do you think are some of the benefits of being the son of a coach?
There are a lot of benefits of being the son of a coach. For one thing, it can make you a much smarter basketball player. It also lets you see what things off the court that coaches actually value, like being on time to practice, working on your own, having a positive attitude, and helping clean up after practice.
VSN: You helped lead Chapelgate to back-to-back C Conference titles. How have the Yellowjackets, as a team, been able to accomplish that feat?
It was definitely a team effort. After my sophomore year when we lost in the playoffs, all of the guys made a serious commitment to working hard and playing together in the offseason because we didn't want to go out like that again. Since everyone bought in to it, we were able to win the championship my junior year. Then this past year, we used the same attitude, incorporated the new guys into it, and we were blessed enough to defend our title.
VSN: You recently made your choice to continue playing ball in college, which school did you choose and why?
I'm going to Covenant College next year in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. I had a great visit there a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed the school and the basketball. They have an excellent coaching staff and I'm excited about playing there next season.
VSN: Which team do you think is going to win the NBA Finals this year and why?
I think Derrick Rose and the Bulls have a really good chance of winning because they play great defense, but the Heat are on a roll right now. If they keep playing like they have against Boston, nobody's going to beat them.
VSN: How do you prepare for a game? Any superstitions or routines that you follow?
I'm very superstitious when it comes to basketball. I have a lot of different pregame rituals, including sitting in the same seat on the bus for every away game, lacing up my shoes a certain way, and standing at the very end of the line for the national anthem.
VSN: What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball?
VSN: What is something that most people don't know about you?
I was born in Columbia, South Carolina and lived there until I was six years old.
Last Updated (Monday, 09 May 2011 10:20)