Jon Teitel recently got to speak with Utah State power forward Jarred Shaw, who has played a major role in his team’s incredible 14-2 start. He leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game, and already has six double-doubles so far this season.
You began your college career at Oklahoma State before transferring to Utah State. Why did you choose the Cowboys, and why did you decide to transfer?
I chose Oklahoma State because it was close to home and they had a good program, I thought I would fit in well there. I transferred because I wanted the opportunity to be a dominant player, and I felt like Utah State would be that place for me. I like the system here, it is good for big guys.
Your former high school teammate Brockeith Pane was an all-conference point guard at Utah State. What makes him such a good player on the court, and what is he like off the court?
He can get to the basket but also has a good mid-range game and gets other guys involved, he is a pretty solid player. We used to hang out all the time, he is someone I can relate to. I think he is playing well overseas.
How do you like playing for Coach Stew Morrill, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him?
He is a tough coach, but in a positive way. He has helped me a lot by teaching me how hard I have to play.
Your team was picked first in the WAC preseason media poll and is currently third in WAC play (5-1). What are your team’s goals for this year?
We cannot get too big-headed after being predicted to win, so we just go out to compete every night and let the rest take care of itself.
After never having a single game with 10 points or 10 rebounds before this season, you averaged a double-double through the first five games this season. How have you been able to improve so much over the past 12-18 months?
I just worked hard last summer by staying consistent with my workouts and believing in myself.
You are currently 2nd on your team with 1.2 blocks per contest, how are you able to balance your offense with your defense?
It is a two-way game, you have to play both ends of the court and you cannot be one-dimensional. I take pride in my defense.
What are your plans for after you graduate with a degree in sports psychology?
I would love to be an ESPN analyst, that would not be a bad job!