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 Santa Clara PG Evan Roquemore about winning 2 postseason titles in a 3-year span.
You lost your top two scorers from last year in Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini. How much pressure do you feel to fill the offensive void left by the departure of these two seniors? I do not feel too much pressure. We brought in a solid group of freshmen and transfers so we will all help pick up the slack.
Your non-conference road schedule includes trips to Notre Dame and UNLV: which of these two games do you feel will present your biggest test? Notre Dame will definitely be a big test for us on the road against a great team from a great conference. It is also big for me to go home to play UNLV, as I will have a lot of family and friends in the crowd.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? I have high expectations for our team as we try to make our 1st NCAA tourney in a long time.
In 2011, you scored 11.7 PPG, broke the school’s freshman school record for minutes played, and were named to the All-WCC freshman team. How were you able to come in and contribute right from the start? I just had the chance to fight for a starting spot and was able to play well.
In the 2011 CIT title game, you scored four points in a seven point win at Iona. What did it mean to you to win the title? It meant a lot to send our seniors out with a win and prove that our program was on the rise.
After going 8-22 in 2012, you went 26-12 in 2013. How was your team able to make such an incredible turnaround in only one year? It took a lot of hard work in the off-season because we wanted to prove that 2012 was a fluke.
In the 2013 CBI title game, you scored 19 points (including four free throws the final 19 seconds) in a three point win over George Mason. What is your secret for making free throws when a game is on the line? Repetition. Just because the situation is different doesn’t mean the free throws are any different.
Last year you finished first in the WCC in assist to turnover ratio. What is the key to being a good PG? A lot of film work, sitting down with my coaches to scout our opponents, and keeping your composure in any situation without making any silly mistakes.
Both of your parents (Bryan and Margaret) are UNLV graduates and middle school basketball coaches. How much of an influence were they on your basketball career and how on earth are you not a Running Rebel? They were a big influence and let me play any sport I wanted to. I do not know why I am not a Rebel, but I found a great home here and have no regrets.
Your cousin J.R. Henderson played on UCLA’s 1995 national title team and later in the NBA. Who is the best player in the family? I guess I would have to give that to him…so far!