Feb. 24, 2012
Each day leading up to the Cougars' final regular-season home game against Washington, an interview with a senior will be posted to this website. Friday's Q&A is with Abe Lodwick, a forward from Bend, Ore.
Q: What made you decide to continue your basketball career and education at Washington State?
A: I decided to come to WSU because the guys that were on the team at the time that hosted me on my recruiting visit, Daven Harmeling and Robbie Cowgill, I had a pretty good connection with them and most of the guys on the team. I really liked the guys on the team and knew I'd be spending most of my time with them. And I just liked the family environment in Pullman.
Q: Having been in Pullman for nearly five years now, what do you like most about the town?
A: I love the family environment of Pullman, it's just a completely unique feel than any other place I've ever been as far as colleges are concerned. At different campuses you can kind of get lost in the mix, but in Pullman the pace is a little slower and people actually care about each other here.
Q: What's your biggest strength on the basketball court?
A: My leadership. That is one of the few things I can control at all times of the game, so I feel like that's something that has really gotten me through these last five years, and it continues to grow.
Q: What do you need to work on on the court?
A: I think I just need to keep working on my defense and rebounding and understand that being a little bit smaller and undersized with the guys I'm guarding, I have to work that much harder and be in the right position so just making sure I'm always in the right place in the right time. That's something I can continue to work on.
Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: I'm pretty laid back, but I'm also very competitive. I know that's a pretty strange combination, but that's something I've always really been. Not too many things get me upset, but I just really like competing with people just at anything and everything, especially at basketball of course.
Q: What's your favorite college arena you've played in?
A: Probably Madison Square Garden. We played terrible there last year, but it was still a really fun experience and with Madison Square Garden, there's so much history there, so to be able to play in the mecca of basketball is always a blessing.
Q: What does being a team captain mean to you?
A: It means a lot to me. To me it just shows the respect my teammates and coaches have for me and the hardwork I've put in in my time here. I try to do the right things on and off the court, doesn`t mean I'm perfect, I'm definitely not perfect, but it means a lot that I've been recognized as a captain these last three years.
Q: What NBA player did you emulate or look up to as a kid?
A: I've always looked up to Dirk Nowitzki, just because I really liked the way he played. He's kind of a big, awkward white guy, but he's one of the best in the game at finding angles and he's so skilled and just a pure offense player. I've always appreciated defense minded players, especially since I've been in college, guys like Ron Artest or former players like Dennis Rodman or Scottie Pippen, they really played hard and were versatile, especially defensively.
Q: What's your favorite sport other than basketball?
A: My favorite sport other than basketball is baseball. It's a lot of fun...but realistically it's intramural softball, which I'll be playing this spring and I'm very excited about.
Q: What advice can you give younger players at WSU?
A: Just to be patient, not necessarily just on the court type of stuff, but just let Pullman grown on you. It's kind of hard when you come to Washington State the first time, you feel like you're on the surface of the moon, out in the middle of nowhere. But everyone I've known has really enjoyed Pullman and WSU more and more with each year they're here, so by the time they're seniors they'll be glad that they came and that they stayed.
Q: What's next for you after you're done at Washington State?
A: That's a good question. I'm going to have a few options, hopefully, and I'll definitely think about it more seriously after the season is over. We'll see what the next chapter brings, but I'm excited for whatever it is.