Feb. 23, 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. Thursday's Q&A is with Charlie Enquist, a forward from Edmonds, Wash.
Q: What made you decide to continue your basketball career and education at Washington State?
A: My dad came here and he'd always bring me to Cougar football games. I really enjoyed going to Cougar Country when I was really young and getting a `Super Basket'. Also Tony Bennett was the head coach here and I had heard that he was a great coach. I didn't really know, but I'd seen his record and he went to the tournament the year before that and it was just a good opportunity for me to play at a high level. Also WSU had the degree I wanted, so academics and basketball both played into my decision.
Q: Having been in Pullman for nearly five years now, what do you like most about the town?
A: I think most people would say the family environment, so I'm going to try and give you something a little bit different besides the family environment. It all goes back to family environment though. I just like that it's secluded from the big city, just small town atmosphere. That could be a positive or a negative, but I like that, just knowing people around the town. Sure a few more food options would be nice, but I've got some solid choices. Plus I just feel like I know the ropes because I've been here forever.
Q: What's your biggest strength on the basketball court?
A: I have a good feel for the game. I know angles and trajectories and velocities so I know where the ball is going to come off most likely, probabilities too. It all runs through my head when the ball's in the air. It's kind of a feel thing, you have to have a feel for the game, but a lot of people who don't know math and science don't know that stuff, you have to be kind of scientific. I also know all my teammates' strengths in the game, I know where they're going to go.
What do you need to work on on the court?
I want to work on moving to the next play. Since I do put so much thought into things, I have trouble getting past a bad play. I used to be really bad at it, I've gotten better, but I still struggle with moving on.
Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: I'm pretty chill. I study a lot, I like to hang out with friends. I don't feel like I have any real enemies, well that's what people tell me. My monotone and sarcasm can throw people off sometimes though.
Q: What's your favorite college arena you've played in?
A: Everyone's going to say Madison Square Garden and that was cool because it has a lot of history. Pauley Pavilion and Madison Square Garden have a lot of history and they're fun to play in because you know a lot about them, but the Pepsi Center in Denver was probably my favorite for the 2008 NCAA Tournament. We had a good outcome there with the two wins and Denver was a really nice city, it was just a good atmosphere there.
Q: What NBA player did you emulate or look up to as a kid?
A: I really liked Tim Duncan for some reason because he had that different game and it seemed like he was always against more athletic guys but he always got that bank shot off or would do a couple of fakes and get to the rim. I really liked his game when I was younger, it's changed now. I like LeBron now, he's just entertaining and fun to watch. That's why we pay money to watch the NBA and he's by far the most entertaining player.
Q: What's your favorite sport other than basketball?
A: Golf, easily. It's just the best in the summer, especially at our summer home. I get our golf cart out, get some people together and go out and golf in my swim trunks and no shoes and no shirt and shoot a few over par.
Q: What advice can you give younger players at WSU??
A: I had some really good advice I thought about earlier, I thought, `I wish I knew this when I came in.' I can't think of it now though. I'd say work on the strengths of your game. If you're a shooter, then work on shooting, you need ball handling, but work on shooting. When we're on the court there are five players and each person has their own strengths. Really good players with multiple strengths go on to play professional basketball, but in college, I say work on your strengths because when you have five guys on the court they all have their own pieces and that makes a great team. Of course work on everything, but don't throw something out at practice just because you're good at it.
Q: What's next for you after you're done at Washington State?
A: First of all I want to have the summer off. By off I mean I'm going to be studying for the MCAT and probably taking an organic chemistry 2 class somewhere. Then I'm going to apply for medical school in the fall and then hopefully get some interviews and start the following fall. I also want to work on a boat with my brother and go up to Alaska and back, I'll do that while I wait for med school stuff. I also want to play Hoopfest and I want to get my golf game on par and I want to go skiing again, I want to go up to Whistler with my family to our timeshare and go skiing because that's what I used to do before basketball started. I also want to go to Italy, so I want to save up money for that.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Hopefully my third year of being a doctor or just finishing up my residency for being a surgeon. I hope to have a home, I can live anywhere, probably not super south because the heat gets to me, I like the rain. I'll probably be married by then. I'll be playing basketball for fun. That's about it.