July 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana rising sophomore Matt Roth recently took time out of his busy summer to talk to IUHoosiers.com about what he has been up to this summer and what he is looking forward to next year. As a freshman, Roth played in all 31 games and was in the starting lineup for seven games. He averaged 6.7 points per game and was second on the team with 57 three-point field goals made.
Here's what Roth had to say...
On what classes he is taking this summer:
"Summer is going really well. I've been taking a couple classes and working out so far this summer. I'm taking a criminal justice class and a telecommunications class and both of those will go towards my major so they are good classes to be taking over the summer. Other than that, I've just been with my teammates and building relationships off the court."
On being used to the routine this year after going through it last year:
"It has been a little easier, but at the same time there are still the challenges of going through this every day. We have tough workouts and going to class wearing on you, but you get used to it and adapt to it. One of the things that has helped me is that physically I have gotten bigger and stronger than when I came in as a freshman."
On his goals going into the 2009-10 season:
"We need to keep improving upon things. We still have some young guys and have a good group of guys coming back. We have a lot of good young players coming in and we just need to build our relationships and chemistry together so we can carry that over onto the court this year."
On what he did during his time at home this summer:
On the game against Ohio State last year - when he made nine three-point field goals - and whether people still talk to him about it:
"It was a good break for us. It gave us time to go home and spend time with our families and relax and get healthy. While I was at home I just tried to stay active and continue to work on my game. But it was also nice to spend time with family and get ready for the next season. After a couple weeks though, you are ready to get back and get back to what you are supposed to be doing, which is working out and going to class and being a college athlete."
"I think that game really labeled me as a shooter and gave me a lot of challenges to work through. I worked all summer and all spring on a quicker release and getting better at reading screens and using screens as well as getting more comfortable with the ball in my hands."
On what advice he would give to a high school player that wants to play college basketball:
"I would say to workout every day, you can't take any time for granted. You have to be in the gym year-round because it's not just a winter sport or a summer league. You really have to workout all year round. If they have the ability to start lifting weights with a trainer or high school coach I would really recommend that because it's something that you will have to get used to. I had it in my background and it was something that really helped me.