Roderick Flemings Interview
Roderick Flemings: It went well. It was a great experience for me to get out and play with other players from around the country to see where my game is at. I felt that it was a great experience for me. I had a good time there.
NBAD: You're from Dallas, and the event took place in nearby Carrolton at AIG. How was that playing close to home?
RF: It felt good playing close to home. I felt comfortable with so many friends around, guys from back home came out so it was kind of a home court advantage.
NBAD: Which player impressed you from the event?
RF: I'd say Derrick Favors. He was on my team, bigman going to Georgia Tech was really impressive.
NBAD: Did any of the NBA scouts in attendance give you tips on things you should work on for next season?
RF: Yeah the NBA scouts there gave me some tips. Try to be a hard core defender. And working on my ball handling.
NBAD: A lot of ppl forget but in high school at the NBAPA 100 camp you led all scorers. Talk about that event.
RF: Oh yeah back in 2005 I was the leading scorer at the NBAPA 100 camp. I think I was flying under the radar, a lot of people didn't really know about me. Greg Oden, Brandon Rush, Gabe Flowers, Daequan Cook all were there. I went to that and did a good job, and opened some eyes being the leading scorer at the players Association camp in Virginia.
NBAD: Last year you averaged 16.6 ppg on 47% fg and 5.8 reb. What was the transition like from juco to NCAA?
RF: In juco the game was less organized. In NCAA basketball the game is more controlled and the speed of the game is a lot different. Defensively it's definitely a step up in D1 basketball.
NBAD: What's it like playing at Hawaii?
RF: It's wonderful. There's nothing else like it. You get to have paradise and you get to play basketball so there's nothing else like it.
NBAD: Is it ever tough to stay motivated and stay focused with beautiful weather and bikini girls at the beach always there?
RF: No. I definitely stay motivated! I love the fact that the beach is there and I would have to say going to Hawaii is the best decision I've made.
NBAD: What interests do you have outside of basketball, during your offtime?
RF: I like to go bowling, I'm a pretty good bowler. I like to play video games with friends, I play 2k9.
NBAD: What do you consider to be the things you need to work on most to make it at the next level?
RF: I think I need to become a better leader for my team this year. And show scouts that I'm a hard worker, and just work on my defense. And my ball handling like they said. And just continue to improve at other areas and keep getting stronger.
NBAD: What should NBA scouts take notice about you? What sets you apart from other prospects that will make you succesful at the next level?
RF: I feel like I can do a lot of different things on the court. I can go out and give whatever you ask me to do. Rebound, pass, score. Whatever is needed I feel that I can do it. I can defend almost any position (besides the 5).
NBAD: What are your goals for next season?
RF: To make it to the NCAA tournament and win our conference.
NBAD: Any individual goals as far as statistics?
RF: No I'm more focused on the team.