Lance Stemler - In Their Own Words
Aug. 24, 2007
Bloomington, Ind. - Senior forward Lance Stemler spoke with IUHoosiers.com prior to the team resuming practice in preparation for their overseas trip to the Bahamas August 31-Sept. 2. He played in 30 games last season and averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds.
What is the best thing about being at Indiana University?
"Just knowing that you have support and you have a whole state behind you, they love basketball. Everyone here is basketball crazy.
What do you like most about the basketball program?
"The fact that Coach Sampson has it back on the right track and we have a chance to win championships now. And everyone knows that we are back on track now and are supporting us 100 percent."
What are you studying? Where do you hope that takes you in the future?
"Sports marketing and management. I will graduate in May and I hope to work in professional or college sports."
If you weren't a basketball player, is there any other sport that you would have liked to play at a high level?
"I played a lot of soccer through high school. I played more soccer than I did basketball. I was the goalie and had a chance to play in college as well but I went with basketball instead."
When you have free time, what do you like to do with it?
"I just like to hang out with teammates, play video games and go to the movies. I love watching movies. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie Superbad"
How productive do you feel the summer has been for the team?
"It has been very productive. It gave us the chance to get to know all the new guys coming in. We were able to play with each other and get to know each other's game. It has given the freshmen some time to get used to being away from home, and allowed everyone a chance to work on their own game. But the big thing is that we are more familiar with each other now than we were at the beginning of the summer."
Who has influenced you the most in basketball and in life?
"In basketball, it would have to be my dad. He was the first one to put a ball in my hands and teach me how to shoot. He also coached me through grade school. I have known my junior college coach, Jay Harrington, since I got out of high school. He helped me get here, to play at a high-level school. In life it would probably be the same. All of my coaches were big on tying basketball into life and using it to teach life-lessons."
If a recruit were to ask you about the fans at Indiana, what would you tell them?
"They love basketball. Everybody, from little kids to the grown-ups, they just have a passion for basketball."
What is the best piece of advice that anyone has ever given you?
"When I was trying to pick a school out of junior college, Coach Harrington told me I should follow my heart and that when I got on a campus, I would know if it was the right place."
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