CHARLESTON, S.C. – As the 2016-17 season approaches, we'll let you get to know the Bucs' roster better through interviews with each player. Redshirt junior Zach Durkee enters his third year at CSU and has been a valuable contributor in practice and preparation for opponents. CSU opens the season on Nov. 12 at Florida State and tips off the home slate three days later against Columbia International.
Q&A with redshirt junior guard Zach Durkee (Business Administration major at CSU)
Q: You were a redshirt player on the Big South regular season title winner in 2014-15. What was that experience like?
A: That experience was great. I got to learn a lot from great players like Saah and Arlon and Cedrick, Will and Paul. I learned a lot about leadership and leading by example.
Q: Everyone seems to be excited about the potential of this team and the way the new players have performed, especially on the Canada trip. Who has stood out to you?
A: One of the new guys is Christian Keeling. He's been great. He's a great athlete, great competitor that can score the ball in a bunch of different ways. He's gonna be a great help for our team. Another one is Jordan Jones. He's young and maybe a little undersized but he fights hard and goes hard on every single play.
Q: How do you think this team might have a different identity than in the past?
A: We definitely have the potential to be a lot better defensively. One big thing is the positive mindset we have. We haven't looked at anything in a negative mindset. Everything's positive and we're just trying to get better every day.
Q: What is the process like of being part of the scout team and getting the team ready for different opponents?
A: The scout team is very important. Two days before the game, we always learn the other team's offense and we try to perfect it and give our starters a great look at what they're gonna be running. It's a big key to what we do.
Q: Coach Ahmad Smith does a lot in preparing the scout team. What's it been like learning the game from him?
A: Coach Smith is unbelievable. He does such a great job of knowing everything the other team does, the different sets they have and how they function. We're able to give our starters a really good look
Q: What's your major at CSU and what are your plans for after graduation?
A: My major's Business Admin and my plans are going into coaching either as a GA or an assistant coach.
Q: How have Coach Radebaugh and the staff as a whole help you grow into a potential coach?
A: They've been great. Coach Radebaugh has told me just anything I need, to come to him. He's been willing to put my name into a couple of different schools so I'm extremely grateful for that.