To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Akron PF Demetrius Treadwell about preparing to play a game at the crack of dawn.
You are the top returning scorer and rebounder on your team. How much pressure do you feel to be a leader this year? I do not feel too much pressure because we will lead by committee. If we just go out there, play basketball, and do the right things day in and day out, everything will take care of itself.
Your first road game involves a trip to St. Mary’s for the ESPN tip-off marathon. How on earth do you prepare to play a game that start at 3AM Ohio time?! I have never played a game at that time of night but the coaches are getting us ready.
Your team is also participating in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. How excited are you to spend Christmas in Honolulu? I am very excited to get out there and put on a hula skirt; Just kidding! We will play some quality teams out there.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? We want to win the MAC regular season and tourney titles and make it as far as we can in the NCAA tourney. My ultimate goal is the same as every other player around the country: To win a title.
Your nickname is “Tree”; Who gave you the nickname and how do you like it? I love it. My friends back home gave me the nickname about a decade ago. I was taller than everyone else and had an Afro. At first, they called me “Bush”, but I told them to think of something else!
You play for Coach Keith Dambrot. What makes him such a good coach and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him? He taught me the importance of loyalty. He is a players’ coach and takes good care of us. He is very demanding but he loves us.
In the 2012 NIT, you had three rebounds in a two point loss to Northwestern. What was the feeling like in your locker room afterward? We were pretty down because we wanted to send our seniors out on a high note. It hurt really bad and was not how we wanted to end our season.
In 2013, you were named MAC tourney MVP after leading your team to a win over Ohio. Was your team out for revenge after losing to your in-state rival in the 2012 title game? We had to wait an entire season to get back to that point after watching Ohio get to the Sweet 16, so we were out for revenge.
In the 2013 NCAA tourney you scored a team-high 15 points in a 46 point loss to VCU. Did you learn anything from that game that can help you this year or have you just tried to forget it ever happened? It is one of the toughest things that I have ever been through in my short basketball career. However, I did learn a lot and am ready to lead our team back to the tourney this year.