Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with St. Joseph’s G Langston Galloway about having an uncle as an assistant coach.
You have a potential three-game stretch next month against Creighton, LSU and Memphis. How is your team going to handle such a gauntlet? We are excited and looking forward to the challenge. We have been getting our chemistry together and bonded during a trip to Italy: we are tired of practicing and ready to start playing.
One of your assistant coaches is your uncle Geoff Arnold: how close are you two, and how do you like having him as a coach? He has been there since day one, and is always in my head about what I need to work on. We have a strong family bond, which is great.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? I only have one expectation this year: to make it to the NCAA tourney.
In 2011 you were named Big 5 ROY and led the A-10 with 88.7 FT%: how were you able to come in and contribute right from the start? I just went out there and did my job to the best of my abilities.
In the 2011 A-10 tourney you scored 16 points in a three point loss to Dayton. What happened on the inbounds play in front of your own bench with three seconds left? We were trying to run a play for a quick-hitter and then something weird happened.
In 2012 you finished fourth in the nation with 46.6 3P%. What is your secret for making shots from behind the arc, and do you think you can make 60 more this year to break Pat Carroll’s record for most in school history? The main thing is to be confident whether your last shot went in or not. God willing I can keep making them, and if not hopefully we can keep winning games anyway.
In the 2012 A-10 tourney you scored 12 points in a three-point loss to St. Bonaventure. What made Andrew Nicholson so unstoppable? He was just a monster that night and came out and imposed his will on the game. He was making shots from all over the court and we did not have any answers for him.
In the 2012 NIT Seth Tuttle had 23 points and 11 rebounds including tw0 free throws with 1.3 seconds leftto beat Northern Iowa. How was he able to make the second free throw even though he was trying to miss it? I think he banked it in after I fouled out: I was really upset with myself that I could not help my team at the end.
In the 2013 A-10 tourney you scored 14 points including a pair of foul shots with 1.4 seconds left in a one-point win over Xavier: what is your secret for making clutch foul shots? I was actually practicing free throw shooting earlier that week because I had missed some in a previous game.
In the 2013 NIT you scored 16 points but Sir’Dominic Pointer made a jumper at the buzzer in a two-point win by St. John’s. What did you learn from that loss that you think can help you this year? It was a tough loss to swallow. We have not been great at finishing games off, so that is the biggest lesson we had to learn.