January 13, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
K-State Sports Extra will highlight a K-State student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. This month we have featured K-State men's basketball senior forward Shane Southwell.
Midway through his senior campaign, Southwell is averaging 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game to go along with his team-leading 18 steals and 16 blocks. He scored a career-high 21 points against George Washington on Dec. 31, 2013 and has helped his team to a 12-4 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in Big 12 play.
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Sports Extra: First off, you guys have had quite the journey this season, what do you have to say for this team going from a shaky start to where you're at now?
Southwell: I believed the turning point was going to Puerto Rico. Losing those two games was a pretty big turning point for us. It humbled us, losing those games to pretty good talent, especially that Georgetown game. Any time you lose a game like that you want to get back in the lab and work on your craft, so I think that was the turning point in our season.
Sports Extra: When you're not on the court playing basketball what can people find you doing?
Southwell: Probably playing Xbox. I'm a big video game person and I like to listen to a lot of music, and sleeping. I like to take a lot of naps.
Sports Extra: Who is the funniest guy on the team?
Southwell: I would have to say probably Wesley (Iwundu). Wesley is a really funny guy and I don't even think he tries to be funny. He's just a funny type of person just the way he carries himself, and he also does our tunnel dance. He's got a real good spirit about him, a great personality, so I'd have to say Wesley Iwundu.
Sports Extra: Who has surprised you the most this season?
Southwell: I'm not sure. I think all of us have had our ups and downs this season, obviously, and now we're starting to get it in a groove all together. I still think Jevon (Thomas) is yet to get into his groove and I think he's going to be really good. I have been a little surprised with how consistent Marcus (Foster) is. Marcus has been doing a really great job for us, but I'm really just proud of everybody.
Sports Extra: Who in the NBA would you say you model your game around?
Southwell: I watch a lot of NBA, and right now I like Paul George (Indiana Pacers). He's a really good player. I like the improvements he's made in the last two or three years to become a top-five player in the NBA, so that's one guy that I watch daily.
Sports Extra: If we were to turn on your iPod, what song would be playing?
Southwell: I don't know what song, but I guarantee it'd be Jay-Z - Jay-Z or Drake - but I don't know what song would be playing.
Sports Extra: Do you have any hidden talents?
Southwell: No, I don't have any hidden talents - maybe acting (laughing).
Social Media Question: Jose Garibay on Facebook asks, "Are you going to do any more Will Smith parodies? Please do."
Southwell: (laughing) It's up to K-State, but I'd be more than happy to do it. It was fun for my teammates and me. It was good exposure for the Kansas State program, so anything that would mean more to K-State, I'd be happy to do it. I believe my teammates had more fun with it than I did. They really took it into character and into heart, so they had a good time and I'm proud of that.
Sports Extra: On game day, when you leave the tunnel, enter the Octagon of Doom and get in front of all those fans, what's going through your head?
Southwell: To put on a show. To put on a good show and have fun. Not a lot of people from where I'm from are at this junction in their life and on this big stage in life, so I just try and have fun with it.
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